One Simple Step to Better Gut Health28 Jan 2024
Embarking on a journey to better gut health doesn't have to be complicated.
Sometimes, it's the simplest steps that make the most significant impact. Amidst the
noise of health trends, traditional kefir offers a myriad of benefits for your gut health
and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
What is Kefir
Kefir is a fermented milk drink resulting from the symbiotic relationship between
bacteria and yeast in kefir grains. These "grains" are not your typical grains but
colonies of microorganisms, potentially probiotic in nature. When added to milk,
these grains initiate fermentation, producing a beverage rich in live cultures,
vitamins, and minerals.
Types of Milk Kefir: Traditional vs Commercial
Milk Kefir starters come in two primary forms - grains and powder. Traditional kefir grains are gelatinous clusters comprising a mix of bacteria and yeast, used in the age-old method of milk fermentation. In contrast, kefir powder is a lab manufactured version, where bacteria are converted into a powdered form. While both can yield kefir, the powder often lacks the yeast strains present in kefir grains, resulting in less variety in bacterial cultures. Most supermarket kefirs are mass-produced and are made with powdered kefir.
Similarly, big brands selling probiotic drinks fall into the ‘fermented milk’ category, and these products typically contain one to three strains of bacteria. Traditional kefir stands out with its impressive diversity, boasting around 30 strains of beneficial bacteria. This diversity contributes to optimal gut health by fostering a more robust and varied microbiota. Additionally, traditional kefir is a healthier alternative as it is free from added sugars that can compromise gut health.
Benefits of Kefir
Kefir is renowned for its array of health benefits. Packed with beneficial bacteria and yeast, it may support gut health by promoting a balanced microbiota. Additionally, kefir is a good source of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and proteins. The live cultures in kefir could contribute to improved digestion and a strengthened immune system.
Numerous studies, including a recent review in Nutrition Reviews, have explored the positive impact of kefir on various health outcomes, from gut health to immune function, cardiovascular health and bone health. The findings suggest that kefir consumption is linked to an increase in beneficial gut bacteria, promoting improved digestion and reduced inflammation. Additionally, kefir has been associated with elevated production of immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antibody crucial for protecting the body against infections.
How Does Kefir Work in the Gut?
The live cultures in kefir interact with the gut microbiota. Gut microbiota refers to the
diverse community of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and other
microbes residing in the digestive tract. This complex ecosystem plays a crucial role
in various bodily functions, influencing digestion, nutrient absorption, immune
function and overall well-being.
The active microorganisms found in Kefir engage with the gut microbiota,
establishing a dynamic and diverse community. Moreover, the probiotics in kefir may
also play a role in reducing inflammation and promoting a resilient immune response.
In essence, kefir works harmoniously within your gut, fostering an environment that
supports and enhances your digestive health.
How to Take Kefir
Incorporating kefir into your routine is simple. For optimal benefits, we recommend
incorporating 100-150 mls of kefir into your morning routine on an empty stomach,
kickstarting your day with a burst of gut-friendly goodness. However the options are
endless, enjoy it as a standalone beverage, blend it into smoothies, add it to your
overnight oats or use it as a base for delicious recipes. Whether you prefer it plain or
infused with flavours, kefir offers a versatile and tasty way to nurture your gut health.
About Kerry Kefir
Mary-Thea, the founder of Kerry Kefir, is committed to delivering a premium-
quality product with a focus on gut health. Kerry Kefir stands out by embracing the
time-tested benefits of traditional kefir, crafted from authentic kefir grains and 100%
Mary-Thea's journey towards kefir began as a quest to find relief from years of
digestive issues and to avoid a lifetime of prescribed medication. Fueled by a desire
for natural solutions, she discovered the potential of milk kefir. Disappointed with the
lack of traditionally made options in the market, Mary-Thea embarked on a mission
to create a premium kefir using genuine kefir grains, avoiding lab-manufactured
cultures. The result is Kerry Kefir, an embodiment of authenticity, dedication, and the
ongoing pursuit of enhanced gut health.