The health benefits of kefir include its ability to detoxify the body, clean out the digestive tract, eliminate harmful bacteria, improve the immune system, manage diabetes and lactose intolerance, help lose weight, boost skin and hair health and appearance, and protect against various fungal and viral infections.Kefir is a health drink that has become known as modern day “magic milk” due to its many health benefits.
Whether it’s acne or eczema, most skin disorders have one thing in common: inflammation. Not just the visible inflamed pimples you see on your skin, but inflammation within your gut that’s tipping your entire wellbeing off balance and causing those stubborn outbreaks.
We are continually told that we need to supplement our diet with “friendly bacteria” . Probiotic drink available off the shelf are processed again and have high sugar content to increase their shelf life . The high-sugar content will override any benefits those little pots of “tummy friendly goodness” claim to provide!) Long before probiotics became fashionable, in a time when there was no such thing as a fridge-freezer, our ancestors would preserve food by fermentation – these fermented foods would be full of good bacteria that would keep our inner eco-system healthy. However, with the advent of modern food science, we rely heavily on alternative preserving methods such as freezing, pasteurising and canning – meaning that are bodies are no longer receiving a regular supply of beneficial bacteria to keep our digestive system balanced. On top of this, there are other factors that cause even further problems to our gut flora. Birth control pills (which ironically are often prescribed to female acne suffers) and antibiotics both disrupt the probiotic population in our gut (ever wondered why you get a bout of thrush after a course of antibiotics?) This destroy all the good bacteria meaning our internal eco system is out of balance and the lack of good bacteria in our gut means we are more susceptible to skin inflammation.
OUT OF BALANCE?
Factors that can affect the good bacteria in your gut include:
• High Sugar/Processed Diet
• Lack of Sleep
• Medication/ Antibiotics
• Poor Digestion
• Food Allergies/Intolerances
WHAT’S THE ANSWER?
The bottom line is: you need to fix your gut to heal your acne. Digestion related issues can often be a minefield and there isn’t a “one solution fixes all”. However, you can really help support all those good guys (and reduce the bad guys!) in your gut with kefir. Kefir is a unique cultured dairy product that is one of the most probiotic rich foods on the planet – it’s super rich in friendly bacteria, will reduce inflammation and will helps support and protect the lining of the gut. This helps you to absorb more nutrients from your food and increases the efficiency of toxin removal.
“Kefir made from live kefir grains has 35-50 different strains of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Kefir isn’t at all like yogurt – Kefir actually colonizes our digestive tracts with beneficial bacteria and yeast. Yogurt and many other so called probiotic foods on the market today actually only provide prebiotics or simply – they provide food for the good bacteria that live in the intestinal tract. Laboratory grown probiotics or yogurt have only 1 or maybe as high as 5 strains of beneficial bacteria and laboratory grown kefir for manufactured products has only 10 strains. Commercially made kefir sold in shops is not fermented long enough. In addition the pasteurization process after fermentation kills the probiotic microbes.”
Considering making your own kefir? It’s so much cheaper, and better for you than many shop bought supplements and drinks – it’s a no-brainer!