Probiotics and living, fermented foods are big these days. Nurturing your body’s microbiome is the talk of the town with more and more brands of sauerkraut, kombucha, and healing probiotic drinks appearing on supermarket shelves across the country promising to heal your gut. Cookbooks about healthy living, gut health, and home fermentation are being published in droves, and a simple Google search yields more result about DIY fermenting and brewing than you could read in a lifetime.
You may have noticed kefir in the dairy aisle alongside buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream. Maybe you have even tried some of the thin, slightly sour, naturally lactose-free, cultured dairy product that is similar to a drinking yogurt (and often marketed as such). These days there are many varieties and flavors, with packaging that promises X amounts of probiotics within each serving.
But what are the benefits of drinking fermented drinks, and why should you start drinking kefir? Probiotics — live bacteria and yeasts — are crucial to healthy digestion. They boost your body’s immunity, improve allergies and support digestion, helping many people to combat problems like leaky gut and irritable bowel syndrome.
Skin problems can also be signs of an unhappy inflamed gut biome. Skin, the largest organ of the body, can often be the first thing to show signs of poor health when the body is internally out of balance. By restoring the natural balance of your gut with probiotics and living food (that is full of the “good bacteria” that everyone talks about) people frequently find that many skin disorders like acne, eczema and rosacea diminish and even go away entirely after an increased intake of probiotics.
Kefir if a great start for anyone trying to incorporate more healthy bacteria and yeasts into their diet. It is one of the most probiotic-rich foods you can eat, filled with good bacteria, which will help to reduce inflammation of the gut — which in turn will help your body absorb more nutrients from food and increase the efficiency of the body to remove unwanted toxins.
So go ahead, drink kefir and enjoy the benefits of a healthy gut. Containing twice as much friendly bacteria as yogurt, kefir is an easy way to reduce inflammation, get clearer skin, and boost your body’s overall immunity.