Kefir is the ally of health and diet friend who promises to give the up that your body deserves!
You must have heard that strange name out there, but what, after all, is Kefir?
Increasingly famous among people seeking healthy food,, Kefir is a fermented drink made from living microorganisms (such as yeast, lactobacilli and bacteria).
Legend has it that, many years ago, residents of the Caucasus mixed it with milk and noticed that the mixture carved (fermented) and became a delicacy very similar to the yogurt we consume today. It may seem strange, but Kefir is a probiotic food, that is, it brings health benefits, as well as being considered extremely functional, sustainable and economical.
With the help of nutritionist Eliane Moreira, you discover everything you need to know about this superfood!
Types of Kefir
There are two varieties of kefir grains: water kefir, which has a yellowish crystal coloration, and kefir of milk, creamy-looking cauliflower-like.
Water Kefir can be made with coconut water, water with brown sugar or just filtered water. Tap water is not indicated because it has chemicals that can kill the microorganisms that do so much good! Some people choose this type because they taste sweeter compared to milk.
Kefir milk is almost always grown from animal milk – not necessarily cow’s milk, although this is the most popular use, milks such as goat, buffalo and sheep, or even vegetable coconut. Its taste is a bit stronger than that of water kefir.
Just choose the one that best fits your diet. If you are still in doubt, you can consume both types, one at a time, to choose your preferred one.
5 Benefits of Kefir for Health
Kefir is an easily digestible food, source of calcium and protein, B vitamins and vitamin K, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics. But that lot of stuff is for what?
1 – Strengthens the immune system: it is rich in probiotics, which are living microorganisms whose ingestion brings benefits by facilitating the absorption of nutrients. Thus, it increases the production of defense cells and, as they attack bacteria that are harmful to health, keeps us away from diseases.
2 – It improves the intestinal flora: it causes the balance of the intestinal microbiota and with that it fights constipation and its consequences like bleeding and hemorrhoids. It also helps to reduce the formation of gases, those monsters that accompany pain, abdominal distention, and excessive flatulence, which we certainly do not want.
3 – Stronger bones: Because it is rich in calcium, a mineral essential for the formation and maintenance of bones, kefir is good for our bones and thus prevents degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
4 – Depression and Memory: Because it is rich in B vitamins, among them vitamin B12, we can certainly attribute to kefir another superpower: the development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, the opposite can lead to cognitive problems such as poor memory and the dreaded depression.
5 – It lowers cholesterol and more: Kefir contributes to the production of bile salts which, in turn, aid in the digestion of bad fats. It is a powerful ally against the consequences caused by such fats, such as increased blood pressure, clogged veins and even heart attack.
Did you see? Kefir is precious for our health, keeps us away from diseases, improves intestinal flora and more!
Benefits of Kefir for Beauty
You may have heard that beauty comes from the inside out, right? For it is the truest truth. It is not just a good heart and self-esteem, but a functioning organism. Kefir treatment can bring numerous benefits to your beauty! By ingesting this rich source of vitamin B, you improve the appearance of your skin, reduce wrinkles and strengthen your hair and nails. Kefir also helps with the elimination of toxins, preventing them from accumulating and causing an inefficient absorption of nutrients that can lead to undesirable effects on nail breakage, hair loss and the dreaded acne.
Does Kefir lose weight?
Controversial issue! It is always worth remembering that the only way to lose weight in a healthy way is with a balanced diet and practice of physical activities. But, yes, kefir can be an ally in your quest for less kilos if that is the goal. In the words of nutri Eliane:
“The consumption of Kefir helps weight loss by providing satiety, allowing less food intake.”
How to make Kefir
It’s a fact to do, you only need the kefir grains, the chosen liquid and some kitchen utensils.
Add one tablespoon of grains to 500 ml of animal or vegetable milk (if milk kefir), water with brown sugar or coconut water (if it is water kefir), always at room temperature, as water or Ice cream or hot milk can kill the beans.
Let stand at room temperature for about 12 to 24 hours (the longer the time, the more sour it will be) in an uncovered glass jar, covering with a cloth or paper napkin to prevent the ingress of insects or dirt;
After fermentation, drain the liquid with a strainer or cheese cloth to separate the beans from the fermented beverage and is ready for consumption!
The drink can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you prefer to keep at room temperature, it is recommended to add more liquid every day. The grains, however, must be put back into the milk (or water) to repeat the fermentation process.
Easy, right? But pay attention, it is necessary to take into account some care:
Avoid manipulating Kefir’s grains with metal utensils, preference should be given to colander and plastic or wooden spoons.
For the cultivation, always choose glass containers very well cleaned, a good tip is after washing them to pass boiling water or to put them in water bath.
It is also interesting to always have the same materials for the handling of Kefir (sieve and containers) and use them only for this purpose to reduce the risk of contamination.
For longer storage, Kefir grains can be frozen. To do this, simply take out all the fermented liquid (water or milk) and place them in a clean container and capped in the freezer. To defrost, just leave at room temperature. Nothing to rush the thaw!
Where to find Kefir
Kefir is not bought in the corner shop, or in any large corporation, it is part of something much more sustainable and economical. You can get yours through donations! There are many Facebook groups with people donating or making small changes to this micro-organism, but you can also look at other social networks or specialized sites and, who knows, soon become a donor.
How to consume Kefir
Kefir can be consumed in natura, but there are great recipes, such as cheeses and butters. Milk kefir can replace milk itself in many everyday foods, such as yogurt. There are also the options of smoothies and vitamins if you are in a hurry and want an extra flavor.
Vary type, ways of consuming and storing. Watch your body work and enjoy all the benefits this food promises to provide!