About a month ago I saw a beautiful photograph of an item in my friend Andrea Scott’s Etsy shop, Story Book Artifact:http://www.etsy.com/shop/StorybookArtifact?ref=seller_info
This beautiful picture piqued my curiosity and I had to read exactly what was in this sweetly decorated jar… I clicked on this item and it read “Kefir Grains”… All aside, I am a hippie and I will take the natural route when it comes to healing rather than the standard “Better living through chemistry” prescription drugs, however I had NEVER heard of kefir Grains, ever.
Now I am intrigued after reading her item description for these “kefir Grains”:
“In comparison, Kefir grains are unlike pricey probiotic capsules generally found at most health food stores because of it actually being a LIVING organism. Meaning that it regenerates itself and grows along with you and your family for many generations to come: way beyond the years of a family pet. ;o)~
Kefir is full of beneficial bacteria that aids as a natural probiotic for your intestinal flora, and thereby builds up your body’s immunity. It has been found that kefir is an effective immune stimulant and antimicrobial against a wide variety of harmful gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Composed of around 400 strains of beneficial bacteria found in the intestines, kefir’s microbes serve as a natural clean-up crew for your intestines, and are essential for the proper absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Kefir also has an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Some of the more noteworthy of these are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B2, and B12, vitamin K, A and D. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in kefir, has been found to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system.
The heirloom kefir grains of mine produce abundant amounts of kefir product; unlike most batches available today. These grains shall produce a wonderful kefir in either Goat or Cow’s milk.”
So now the wheels are turning in my brain, why have I never heard of this before and what are the benefits of these Kefer Grains? I had to investigate this further and was very surprised and excited about what I had found out about these wonderful grains!
Kefir, the miracle food, is known as a superb probiotic source. With rich probiotic content, it automatically has a positive effect on our bodies. Kefir and Kefir grains have been around for centuries and centuries back, and all for a good reason.
Over the last couple of weeks while studying and experimenting on kefir and kefir grains, I have compiled a list of the known benefits that kefir grains are most likely able to cure.
I have personally seen many of these health benefits throughout the past few weeks and I really do hope it helps you too.
Here are some of the known kefir health benefits:
Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
Treats liver disease
Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
Treats kidney stones
Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Prevents and treats colon cancer
Improves the body functions
Improves the human immune system
Stops growth of cancer cells
Speeds up healing process
Treats inflammatory diseases
Reduces size of tumors
Treats heart disease
Reverses calcination of blood vessels
Clears the blood vessels
Boosts the bodies energy
Natural “feel good” food
Treats lung infections
Normalizes metabolism thereby can be used as for weight loss
Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
Treats the gum disease parodontosis
Lessens effects of medicines
Replenishes body of good bacteria after antibiotic
Balances the microflora of the body’s digestive system
Regulates blood pressure
Lowers blood sugar
Lowers blood lipid levels or cholesterol and fatty acids
Promotes bowel movement
Treats sleeping disorders
Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Improves the brains neuro functions like reflexes, memory retention, attention, the five senses
Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy the vital calcium rich Kefir.
Treats yeast infection
Eliminates vaginal odors
Treats other stomach disorders
Detoxifies the body
Improves protein quality of milk, and enhances absorption and digestion
Good bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and folic acid.
Aids in treating tuberculosis
Treats stomach cramps
Treats chronic intestine infections
Treats liver infections
Healing effects on catarrh, digestive nodes, astral nodes, bilious complaints
Treats leaky gut syndrome
Cures bad morning breath
These are just some of the wonderful benefits of Kefir Grains.
If I have your curiosity peaked, I am sure the first question you will have would most probably be the exact one I had….”What does it taste like?” and “I wonder if I can drink this stuff…” I can tell you that I was surprised when I mixed my first drink with a dash of real vanilla extract, lavender honey and some splenda (yes, I like SWEET anything!) and chilled it for about an hour… it does have a slight tart taste but it reminded me of those little “Pro-biotic yogurt” drinks you can buy from the store, truth be told, this actually tasted better! I have even gone as far as to make smoothies with this, adding everything from mango’s, banana’s and strawberry’s! My kids, they LOVE Kefir Grain smoothies, I do, too!
If you suffer from any of the ailments I listed and you have about given up hope that anything will help you, I say give Kefir Grains a try, what do you have to lose?
If your thinking about trying them, visit Story Book Artifacts shop and Convo (message) Andrea, she is a wonderful and sweet young woman who is just a pleasure to do business with!
Andrea’s Etsy shop is filled with hand-crafted greeting cards, loose leaf tea blends, all-natural storybook-themed cookies, original drawings, sketches, and paintings, personalized storybook portraits on canvas, and probiotic heirloom kefir grains.
I will post a slide show of some of the delightful items I have found in her shop.