Top 5 Benefits of Kefir!

Kefir has been around for a long time but only recently has appeared as the new trendy thing to consume as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is a fermented drink often made from cow or goat’s milk plus it contains yeast and vitamins. There are alternatives out there too like coconut kefir milk in certain health food shops, so there’s a version for everyone. It can be used as an alternative to yogurt, on its own or in recipes or smoothies. Read up on the Top 5 Benefits of Kefir to find out why you should add it to your diet!

1. Good for your gut

Kefir is probiotic which means it helps the good bacteria in your gut to grow. Good gut health is vital for everything from your skin condition to your moods so getting enough nutrition for your gut can make a big difference to your body and by extension to your life.

2. Source of protein

It can be hard to get enough protein without eating chicken breast and eggs over and over again. Kefir has on average 6 grams of protein per 175ml so it’s perfect to add to smoothies for an extra dose of protein.

3. High in calcium

We all know that calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth but if you can’t or won’t eat dairy it can be almost impossible to meet your daily calcium needs. Why not try coconut kefir milk for a dairy free alternative that’s high in calcium and also super tasty?

4. Prevents bloating

Thanks to the good bacteria in kefir, it helps your intestines remain in top shape and as a result helps to heal your digestive system. When your digestive system is running properly you’re much less likely to get that horrible post-eating bloated feeling. Try having a glass of kefir with your breakfast, on its own or in a smoothie, to help prevent bloating all day long.

5. Could aid weight loss

Kefir is known to help aid weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and doesn’t spike your insulin levels. This means that you’re much less likely to get cravings for junk foods or to overeat, so if losing weight is your goal, kefir could well be your saviour.

Kefir has more health benefits than regular yogurt or milk so why not substitute kefir for your next dairy snack? Don’t forget it has quite a bitter taste so although it might not taste so great on its own it would complement fruit in a smoothie perfectly as well as in many other recipes. Have fun incorporating kefir into your diet and let us know what creations you come up with!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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