It has been a while since I blogged about kefir so I thought it was good to talk about it again. Are you asking: What is kefir? That was my very first question when my friend asked if I wanted some.
In my very first post on kefir, I recounted how Vera gave me my very first culture — rich in good bacteria for the digestive tract. I learned how easy it was to make my own kefir using simple, everyday paraphernalia.
Since February 2007, I have been culturing my own kefir at home and everyone in the family drinks the liquid. When kefir has multiplied in mass to more than what you need for your family, you can either eat some of the solid flora as is, incorporate them into food you can make with kefir as an ingredient, or divide them into more batches to give away to friends. Leftover kefir stuck to the coffee filter can be scraped and used as a great facial mask.
For my kids who do not care for kefir’s sourish taste when taken pure, I have learned how to make them into kefir smoothies. So far, I have used bananas, mangoes, honeydew melons, watermelons, and just today — avocados. My youngest boy who used to be a heavy Yakult drinker has now shifted to kefir. Even our household help are able to drink these because it is so cheap to maintain and propagate.
A friend who is a cancer survivor relates how her doctor (who practices natural healing approaches) prescribed kefir to her and she has been taking it now for over 2 years. If you want to know more about kefir and its benefits, information is readily available on the web. So far, from what I know about it, it helps:
– normalize the intestinal tract (good if you have diarrhea or constipation);
– lower high blood pressure
– strengthen one’s immunity system
– reduce the effects of acne (when applied directly on the face), tighten pores, and moisturize the face
There are supposedly many, many more benefits. I still have to do more research on this and reserve it for a later post, including some recipes that use kefir.
With kefir in our family, here’s to a healthier life for us all!