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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Miracle of Kefir

In March of 2008 after suffering many digestive difficulties from Radiation therapy I had received the previous year, I started to research natural remedies.  I came upon Kefir.  It brought me back to health.

Kefir is easily digested and provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins.  Kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system.  When I read about it's benefits,  I went online and ordered some grains.  They look like small pieces of cauliflower and when added to milk, ferment the milk and add billions of healthy bacteria.  Every morning I would drain the grains out, add more milk and start the process over.  I would make a smoothie out of the drained fermented milk.  I would add whatever I had on hand from frozen strawberries or blueberries, ripe banana, carrots, spinach along with some cranberry juice to add a little sweetness.  I also put in flax seed and chia seeds.  When the grains reproduce to the point that some have to be removed, I would share with others or grind some into the smoothie.  In almost 5 years, I have never had to order more grains, they just reproduce themselves.  It's a one time investment.  Whenever you want a break or go away, the grains can be put in fresh milk and put into the refrigerator for several weeks.

There are many websites and youtube videos which discuss the benefits of Kefir.
 Here are two websites for more information but there are many many more:

http://nationalkefirassociation.com/Kefir.aspx
http://www.livestrong.com/article/449940-what-are-the-benefits-of-kefir/