Is Kefir the Next Superfood? Introducing the Healthy Snack of Your Future

A slightly bitter-tasting yogurt milk drink called kefir is gaining ground as the latest, greatest “superfood,” and it’s popping up in gourmet cafes as well as on your grocery store shelves, according to an article in Vogue.

So what’s so great about kefir? For starters, it’s a great way to “feed” your gut microbiome, which contributes to your immune function as well as neurological function and mood. Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that contains beneficial probiotics that may give your immune system a boost, among other health benefits.

It’s a wonderful alternative to yogurt and makes an excellent topping for many types of dishes, main courses, side dishes and desserts. Plus, a quart of kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotic supplement.

Other fermented or cultured products such as chutneys, salsa, yogurts and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut are also good for your biome, and can have lasting good health benefits. These fermented foods are outstanding sources of essential nutrients such as vitamin K2, the B vitamins, and natural varieties of microflora.

Additional benefits of eating kefir and fermented foods include optimizing your immune system and acting as detoxification agents that set your gut right. If you decide to begin a health program that includes fermented foods, please remember to introduce the foods gradually. Begin with very small servings, then work your way up to the quarter- to half-cup serving size. This gives your intestinal microbiota the chance of adjusting.
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