Kefir, a Traditional Probiotic Russian Drink
My friend and I just received our order from Cultures for Health and inside was a packet of Kefir grains! Which is exactly why I’m writing about Kefir today.
If you are a Kefir fan, you probably know about the low-fat, sugary kefir sold in the grocery store. Maybe you buy it because the idea of making it at home sounds like a lot of work or maybe you avoid it because you know it’s not the healthiest food. Or, maybe you don’t know what in the world I’m talking about.
Kefir is a probiotic drink containing a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria, much like Kombucha. Typically people just call it the Mother.
Kefir from Russia and traditionally was made in skin bags that hung near a doorway. Anyone passing through the doorway would knock the bag to keep the milk and kefir grains well mixed.
Kefir is great for pregnant and nursing women, elderly or injured people and anyone with a compromised immune system. Also, if you take or have taken antibiotics Kefir will help reestablish your good bacteria.
I’m especially excited for my Kefir because… well, I have been having stomach pains. My mom practiced on me yesterday (she’s in the Nutritional Therapy program and needs people to poke) and wondered if my stomach might be inflamed. So I’m hoping that consuming more nourishing foods with healthy bacteria will help whatever war is going on in my belly. I think I may be sensitive or allergic to some foods so it’s time to start experimenting with pulse testing (I’ll write about that soon) and eliminating foods. Hopefully these will help my belly pains.
Order Kefir Grains
Order from Cultures for Health and watch a video to learn how to make Kefir. Read recipes to use with Kefir like Herbed Soft Kefir Cheese, Kefir Banana Bread and Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe.