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Milk Kefir is considered a wonder-drink. Let’s see why this beverage is making waves in the healthy living community
Milk Kefir is a cultured, fermented dairy beverage
that tastes very similar to a yogurt drink. It’s made using a starter of “Kefir
Grains”, which is a combination of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts in a matrix
of proteins, lipids, and sugars.
Kefir and Yogurt have a lot in common but also have many differences. They differ in consistency, nutrient content, and how they’re made. Since Kefir is fermented, most lactose intolerant people can tolerate Kefir.
Some sites recommend that you buy Kefir from the stores. There are many sources that recommend that you prepare Kefir by yourself. My own experience was that I liked the taste of my home grown batch of Kefir much better than the ones that I bought from the store.
Here’s how Kefir is prepared at home.
The main ingredients are Kefir starter grains and Milk (preferably full-fat milk, and not the UHT varieties)
The process is very simple – add a teaspoon of kefir grains to table spoon of full fat milk and mix well. Add this to a cup of milk and let it sit out at room temperature in a cool dark place for about 24 hours. After the 24 hour period, strain the Kefir grains using a plastic strainer. Your Kefir drink is now ready for consumption.
Here’s what you also need to know :
The ‘Kefir Grains’ are living cultures and can be re-used as the starter for subsequent batches. After preparing your batch of Kefir, strain the Kefir Grains. You could store the grains by placing them in a cup of milk and keep in the refrigerator. Stored this way Kefir grains can remain viable for multiple uses.
The grains enlarge in the process of Kefir production, even reaching a walnut size, and eventually they split.
As the grains grow, you will also notice that your Kefir Milk ferments faster and becomes sourer. If you would like your drink to be less sourer, reduce the quantity of Kefir grains.
Make sure that the Kefir grains do not come in contact with metal utensils (spoons, strainers, bowls etc.). Proponents say that contact with metals can spoil the Kefir grains. They recommend that you could use glass bottles, wood or plastic spoons and plastic strainers for producing Kefir.
While washing the grains, use filtered or distilled water. Make sure that you maintain a high level of hygiene while producing your batches.
When you start on a new starter batch of Kefir Grains, your first batch of production may have an odor. If you are sensitive to the smell, then you could discard the first two batches.
average adult human body is comprised of 50-65% of water. A no-brainer then
that keeping hydrated is essential to your health. Most of us are conscious
about the health benefits of drinking water and keep our plastic bottles at
easy reach. Convenient indeed, but did you know that the plastic bottled water
may be doing more harm than good.
Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of plastic bottled water.
BPA a frequent
component of plastic bottles and in most food packaging plastics is a chemical
that mimics hormones.
that BPA, even in minute quantities can lead to a variety of hormonal changes,
including early puberty in females, reduction in sperm count, causing men to
grow breasts and increased rates of reproductive cancers. The harmful effects
are also pronounced in newborns and young children exposed either directly or
indirectly through their mother.
Hormones are the
most critical component in fertility in both men and women, and hormone
problems are most commonly implicated in impaired fertility. Hormone disruptors
such as chemicals in plastics send mixed signals. These cause some reproductive
hormones to be produced excessively and while lowering the production of other
Both genders are
equally susceptible, with hormonal imbalances such as those with estrogen
reduce the ability to conceive.
Boys seem to be the
most at risk for severe alterations before and during puberty.
to alert that the increase in estrogenic chemicals, like BPA and other plastic
materials, has contributed significantly to cancers such as breast cancer,
testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
The Gut Microbiome movement has taken the health & wellness world by storm and has proponents swearing by it’s impact on human health.
Not one to be influenced by popular media, I decided to try out the recommendations myself and see if they were beneficial.
Here’s an account of my experience. But first a look at what the proponents say…
What is the Gut Biome and why do proponents consider it as fundamental to our good health.
Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions of microorganisms. The distinctive compositions and specificity of the microbiota in one’s intestines makes it rather unique to each individual and is likened to your distinct identity card.
Come to think of it this way, everything that you eat – from the spicy kababs, to the lettuce in your salads is converted by your gut into – your cells, energy, the processes within your body. Proponents of Gut Microbiome vouch that the Microbes in your gut have a strong influence on the process and results and so are key to your health and well being.
Living a healthier lifestyle and fostering a symbiotic relationship with our good gut bacteria helps us modulate immunity, insulate us from toxins, better absorb foods, and fight disease.
Gut microbiota are even being studied for their potential effects on behavior and mental well being. Several studies have hinted at our behavior being affected by our microbes. For instance, a landmark study conducted by Bercik, et al. in 2011 performed a simple experiment, where they basically swapped the gut bacteria between breeds of mice with different characteristic behaviors. One breed which tended to be anxious and timid and the other which were more exploratory and less timid. The study found that the mice changed their behavior to be more like their donor breed. These are newer and exciting fields of study and the results are worth watching our for.