What is water kefir, you may ask? The word ‘kefir’ comes from the Turkish work “keif,” which means ‘good feeling’. Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains. Similar to most fermented foods and beverages, water kefir is rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes. To make this probiotic beverage, you can culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water with water kefir grains. On the other hand, a powdered kefir starter culture can also be used.
Drinking water kefir regularly is very beneficial. First of all, kefir helps to boost immunity. It contains many compounds and nutrients, like biotin and folate. These compounds help to strengthen your immune system. It also has lots of probiotics, the good soldiers of the microbial world. One in particular, that is specific to kefir alone is called Lactobacillus kefiri, and it helps to defend the body against harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. Coli.
Kefir also helps in the fight against cancer because it plays an anti-carcinogenic role inside the body. Besides that, it can slow the growth of early tumors and their change from non-carcinogenic to carcinogenic. Researchers from the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Canada conducted a test that showed that kefir reduced breast cancer cells by a whopping 56 percent in animals. In comparison, yogurt strains only reduced breast cancer cells by 14 percent.
In addition, the microorganisms in kefir help to prevent allergic reactions. Some scientists believe these allergic reactions are due to a lack of good bacteria in the gut. In a total of 23 different studies with almost 2,000 people by Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, tested subjects taking probiotics. They showed improved allergic symptoms and better quality of life in 17 of those studies.
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