KEFIR
kefir culture
Drinking Kefir (which means "good feeling" in Turkish) will start to soothe, heal and rejuvenate your entire digestive system from the moment you begin.

Kefir cleanses and strengthens the intestines with a plethora of super-strong beneficial bacteria and yeasts, while nourishing the body with vitamins minerals and complete proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS , chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes, and cancer. Its tranquilizing effect on the nervous system has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Kefir also greatly helps to eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced.

In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with healing and maintenance functions. The complete proteins in kefir are partially digested and therefore more easily utilized by the body. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir offers an abundance of calcium and magnesium, which are also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, including it in the diet can have a particularly profound calming effect on the nerves.

Kefir is a creamy cultured milk drink (made with cow or goats milk) which originates from the Caucas mountains, where it is a staple in the diet of the long-living Caucasians.

Unlike similar cultured milk products, such as yoghurt, Kefir contains beneficial yeasts - such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir - which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. They do so by penetrating the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria reside, forming a virtual SWAT team that housecleans and strengthens the intestines.

Kefir is produced by placing the kefir grains in milk, where it actively digests and transforms the lactose, producing the probiotic miracle food Kefir in the process. For this reason, Kefir is suitable for people with an intolerance of lactose, although it also possible to produce a delicious sweet, fizzy, champagne-like drink by using red grape juice instead of milk.

The Kefir grains (pictured above) are available for free here