The Farmer's Wife
5 Surprising Facts about Kefir; And Why Moms are Pirates
I have a secret for you: All Moms are pirates. (er… treasure hunters)
Don’t believe me?
We hunt for socks
We hunt for sales
We hunt for answers to ailments
We hunt for ‘precious’ lost toys
We hunt for clothes when, “Moooooom, it doesn’t fit anymore!”
We hunt for shoes (always when we’re already late)
We hunt nutritious recipes
We hunt the fridge (who can tame that wide tundra)
We hunt the depths of our purse
We hunt Google for answers to the rash; the ache; the symptom
We hunt the nookie; the blankie; the sippy cup; the missing toddler who just learned to crawl (just me?.... ok)
Moms are pirates.
If you’re like me, you’re always hunting for things to make mom-life better. This is why Pinterest and Instagram can be so popular… It enables us to envision a better life: a more organized pantry; a healthier dinner; a craftier mom; a tidier house; a renovated kitchen; etc.
Sometimes the hunt ends with obvious treasure; But sometimes you don’t realize what you’ve actually found.
I had no CLUE what I’d found when I ‘found’ kefir. I’m here to tell you; you’ve found the jackpot
*Warning*: It is going to sound too good to be true; so don’t take my word for it - Look it up!
5 Surprising Facts About Kefir
(Evidence-Based Health Benefits pulled from healthline.com)
1. Kefir Offers a Powerful Probiotic!
I could make a list as long as my arm about why probiotics are a good idea for you. According to Healthline.com, eating probiotics can help:
Prevent & Treat diarrhea
Improve Some Mental Health Conditions like Depression & Boost mood
Improve Heart health
Aid in Clearing Eczema
Reduce symptoms of digestive disorders like IBS
Boost your immune system
May help you lose weight and belly fat
And GUESS WHAT?! “Kefir… contains up to 61 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very rich and diverse probiotic source.”
2. Kefir Has Potent Antibacterial Properties
Before you go around eating soap… Check this out. The probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri is uniquely found in Kefir and is actually known to fight bad bacteria. “Studies demonstrate that this probiotic can inhibit the growth of various harmful bacteria, including Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori and E. coli”. This means that Kefir could actually help protect your family against stomach bugs. (Sign me up, please!)
3. Kefir May Be Protective Against Cancer
This one is just crazy to me… but some preliminary (test-tube) studies show that the probiotics in fermented dairy products such as kefir are believed to “reduce tumor growth by stimulating the immune system.” “One study found that kefir extract reduced the number of human breast cancer cells by 56%”. Although these studies are in the preliminary stages and have not been widely studied on humans, the test-tube findings are significantly exciting!
4. Kefir can help with Various Digestive Problems
Ain’t no pirate who has time for digestive problems. (Yep. I just said “ain’t, no”)... Because there isn’t a mom out there who has time for this! Studies show (and my personal friends have attested!) to the fact that Kefir can help digestive issues! What a beautiful solution to such a frustrating problem!
5. Kefir May Improve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
Anybody else feelin’ this one?! I just love Spring… why’s it gotta go being all difficult for some people?! I chuckled when I read a friend’s Facebook status the other day about how she dodged Covid this far but is going to be taken out by hay fever. What if it wasn’t so? “In animal studies, kefir has been shown to suppress inflammatory responses related to allergies and asthma.” They’re still looking to do more human studies - so maybe let’s all sign up for that one :)
You want to know the best part, pirate Momma?!?!?!
Kefir is incredibly easy to make at home (& I can teach you if you’d like)!
I make Kefir every single day for my family and we just love it. Maybe it could help your family like it has helped mine. Just drop a comment below and I’ll add you to my waiting list for my next Kefir class!
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