What is Kefir? I honestly feel bad for answering, since I have not blogged about probiotics, but that is essentially what Kefir is - a modern day probiotic. :-) I thought it'd be easier and less painful for me to explain, so I found a mini definition on the world wide web: "Kefir is a fermented milk product...it is slightly sour and carbonated due to its fermentation...it is a potent probiotic, consisting of both bacterial and yeast species of beneficial flora and may help against gastrointestinal diseases." How was that? Pretty easy? I personally chose coconut kefir because my body does not digest cows milk at all. If you are lactose and/or suffer from digestive disorders like myself, I would recommend the coconut version of Kefir. I instantly noticed a difference in my IBS pangs, which subsided after a short period of time.
So how can Kefir help you? I am completely amazed at how many healthy food options there are for people who suffer from a mental illness and Kefir is definitely one to place on that list! I read somewhere that Kefir has a "tranquilizing effect on the nervous system". It has been known to aid people with the following symptoms:
- Depression - filled with tryptophan, which produces serotonin, which makes us all HAPPY!
- Sleep disorders/chronic fatigue syndrome
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Various cancers
- Reduces food cravings
- Digestive health, such as IBS. Adds friendly bacteria to your gut.
Have you tried Kefir? What about Coconut Kefir? There are so many brands and of course, you can make your own pretty easily. Not much time to make my own, but if you have a recipe, please email me or post below!