What is Kefir?
How Kefir Works
HAVE YOU FED YOUR 'GOOD BUGS' TODAY?
Most consumers have heard of probiotics and know that they are foods containing live, beneficial bacteria.
Foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, miso or kefir are the most recognized foods providing ‘good’ bacteria for the
But are you aware of the health benefits of prebiotics? In a nutshell, prebiotics are the food to help the probiotics
grow and multiply. They are the food for your ‘good bugs’.
A quick review of probiotics will help in understanding
prebiotics. The advantage of beneficial living organisms in food, particularly lactic acid bacteria, has been known for centuries.
In fact, the Roman historian, Plinius, in 76 BC, recommended fermented milk for treating gastroenteritis. In the early 1900’s,
a Russian zoologist, Elie Metchnikoff, wrote about the health benefits of “friendly bacteria” and hypothesized
that consumption of fermented milk products were responsible for the long, healthy lives that Bulgarian peasants enjoyed.
means “pro-life”. The digestive tract is home to over 400 species of microorganisms. Some are ‘good bugs’
and are ‘bad bugs’ or unhealthy bacteria. Probiotics are the ‘good bugs’. Two of the most common strains
are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. It is believed that if a positive balance of good bacteria is maintained, the bad bacteria
are less able to cause disease and irritation.
Here are some health benefits to taking probiotics:
- inhibits growth
of ‘bad bugs’, or bacteria that cause disease
- synthesizes vitamins, primarily B vitamins
- increase availability
- decrease lactose intolerance
- decrease symptoms of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
prevalence of allergies
- boosts the immune response
As mentioned earlier, prebiotics are food for probiotics. Consequently,
the more you can feed and care for your ‘good bugs’, the healthier you can be!
The Japanese have known
the benefits of prebiotics for years. In fact, a commercially prepared prebiotic (“Neosugar”) is currently used
in over 500 Japanese food products, from infant formulas to health products. The two most common prebiotics are inulin and
oligofructose. As a supplement, it will be listed as either inulin or FOS (fructooligosaccharides). Inulin or oligofructose
are present in over 36,000 plant foods as plant storage carbohydrates. Excellent food sources are chicory and Jerusalem artichokes.
In fact, most commercially prepared inulin comes from chicory, or else synthesized from sucrose. Other food sources include
wheat, barley, rye, onions, garlic and leeks.
Because flatulence, bloating and abdominal cramps can be an undesirable
consequence of taking prebiotics (and even probiotics), it is recommended that anyone considering taking these in supplement
form contact a healthcare professional familiar with such products for individualized recommendations. Those who could benefit
from taking probiotic and prebiotic supplements include:
1 – People taking antibiotics which kill off the ‘good
bugs’ in the intestinal tract.
2 – People who suffer from diarrhea, constipation, gastrointestinal distress,
and/or irritable bowel syndrome.
3 – Women who suffer from chronic yeast and/or Candida infections.
supplements are available as freeze-dried, powdered, capsules, wafers and liquids. Doses of Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria
are expressed in billions of live organisms and a typical dose, unless otherwise recommended, is between 3 billion to 5 billion
live organisms. Because probiotics are living organisms and are fragile, they should always be refrigerated. Products found
on a shelf, therefore, are not going to contain live organisms and not be as effective. The product label should guarantee
a certain number of live organisms by the expiration date of the product. There should always be an expiration date.
can be found either with a probiotic product or separately, because FOS and inulin are food for the probiotics. If purchased
separately, they can be taken together. Some people, because of the high number of ‘bad bugs’ in their gastrointestinal
tract, cannot handle the two products taken together in the beginning. This is where an experienced healthcare professional
can be beneficial. The suggested intake of FOS is 2-3 grams per day. Products containing vitamin C, whey protein, or cysteine
may improve the effectiveness of probiotics.
This information is not intended to substitute for medical advice or care
that you would receive from your healthcare professional, so always check with your provider. If you are taking medications,
or have health issues, make sure you start these products under the care of a professional. Some people will notice no harmful
effects and these products are generally very safe, but individual sensitivity can alter the effects of such products.
something as simple as providing and feeding your ‘good bugs’ in the intestinal tract can improve subtle or severe
health issues, it’s certainly time to start feeding our ‘good bugs’ today!
MICROFLORA IN KEFIR
Microflora Isolated from Kefir Grains
into Four Genus groups :
Encyclopaedia of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition
 [pp. 1804-1808] Edited by R. Macrae, R.K. Robinson, M.J. Sadler
* International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology 44 (3)
** T. Loretana, J.F Mosterta and B.C. Viljoen  Microbial flora associated with South African household
kefir. S. Afr. J. Sci. Vol. 99 No. 1/2
List of Bacterial Names with Standing in Nomenclature - Genus
Units Count of Microbes in Gram Stained Kefir Grains
Bacilli [single cells, pair, chains]
Streptococci [pair, chains]
Yeast [single cells]
The Means Range
Bacilli 66, 62-69%
Yeast 18, 16-20% 
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The benefits of consuming kefir regularly in the diet
Easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria
and yeast, vitamins and 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).
The regular use of kefir can help relieve all intestinal disorders, promote
bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system. In addition, its cleansing effect on the whole
body helps to establish a balanced inner ecosystem for optimum health and longevity.
Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body
more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in
every type of condition
If you want to read more about the scientific research being done on kefir, yogurt, and related
fermented and cultured foods.
(type in Kefir as a search term)
A.D.H.D in Children and Adults:Alternative vs Standard Treatment
Bacteria probiotics found in yogurt, kefir, or supplementation with acidophilus products.
ENZYME NUTRITION THERAPY
Some of these foods are fermented from dairy such as yogurt,KEFIR AND other soured-milk
products ... Attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD) If you cannot digest fats
WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK KEFIR
Among its many restorative powers, kefir will:
- provide supplemental nourishment for pregnant and nursing women.
- contribute to a healthy immune system and help fortify patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes,
- promote a tranquilizing effect on the nervous system and benefit many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression,
and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
- help relieve all intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence, create a healthier digestive system
-- and is an absolute must after the use of antibiotics to restore balance to the digestive tract.
- curb unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced."
BENEFITS OF KEFIR
The benefits of consuming kefir regularly in the diet are numerous. Easily digested, it cleanses
the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and 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).
EFFECTS OF KEFIR
From experience of generations, here
are some of the properties possessed by the real kefir.
* Regulates the body's immune system and improves resistance to diseases.
Regulates the blood pressure, blood sugar and cures diabetes.
* Heals the lungs, bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma, allergies
* Has a positive influence on the heart and blood, heals circulatory conditions.
* Heals various eczema,
all skin disorders and leads to cure of acne.
* Heals the kidneys, the urinary tract and protects prostate.
* Has a
positive influence on cholesterol, osteoporosis and rheumatism.
* Supports enzymes production and heals the pancreas.
Improves the liver and gallbladder, regulates bile production, influences positively hepatitis.
* Regulates metabolism,
digestion and heals diseases of the colon.
* Heals colitis, diarrhea, catarrh, reflux, leaky gut syndrome, candidasis and
* Rebalance the intestinal flora and stomach acid, heals duodenum and cures ulcers.
* Produces its own antibiotics,
eliminates unfriendly bacteria, cures internal and external inflammations.
* Heals lactose intolerance and provides full
digestibility of milk based products.
* Produces own anti-cancer compounds, prevents metastasis, and leads to cure.
Slows the aging process, smoothes and improves skin, hair and muscle tonus.
* Reduces anxiety, depression, increases energy
and feeling of wellbeing.
* Produces all necessary vitamins and beneficial bacteria needed for our healthy daily life.
Almost century of scientific and medical research confirming the above is available
from Diary Research Institute in former USSR. With the worldwide cost of medical care getting inflated by chronic diseases,
real kefir is gaining popularity not only for its health benefits, but also for its effects in lowering medical cost. With
increasing resistance to antibiotics, intensive research of the real kefir is conducted in Europe and Japan. The results are
supporting the experience of generations.
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WHERE TO FIND "REAL" KEFIR GRAINS
Real kefir grains, will last forever if cared for properly.
Kefir from powder is not as nutritious or healthful as that made from real kefir grains, since it does not have the full
complement of probiotic bacteria and yeast.
A kefir grain resembles a piece of cauliflower, except that it has a rubbery texture.
THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL "LIVE" KEFIR GRAINS AND
Live grains will grow and won't need to be replaced if handled
You can eat them or give them to someone else if you begin to get too many.
You can also store them as a back up just in case you decide to do some experimenting and should need them.
Live grains are placed into cold or room temperature milk.
Kefir starter is just a starter. A powder that does not grow and will need to be replaced.
It is not as nutritious or healthful as that made from real kefir grains, since it does not have the full complement
of probiotic bacteria and yeast.
Kefir starter is placed into heated milk.
There are two types of kefir grains:
water kefir –transparent grains prepared with water and fruits, where the micro-organisms metabolise
the fruit sugar.
milk kefir –traditional, white or cream colored grains prepared with milk; it is the lactose, the milk sugar,
that is used by the micro-organisms.
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Small transparent grains that ferment sweetened water.
Water Kefir works along the same lines as milk kefir, except it is perfect for people who do not like milk.
Kefir Grain Support Forum
Real Kefir Making
Can you tell me if Kefir has more beneficial properties than yogurt?
Yes it does. So do the kefir grains themselves.
you can control the speed of culture with more or less milk
and more or less temperature.
Why Fermented Milk Products are different. . .
Other Natural Probiotics
A ropey (viscous),rubbery, spoonable milk ferment
made at room temperature. You add a couple
of tablespoons of Viili to a quart of milk and leave it for 24 hours.
Milder than Kefir.
Kombucha Mushrooms are used to make fermented Kombucha Tea, a probiotic. Kombucha is fermented
in water, tea and sugar. Known as the "Elixir of Life" by the Chinese.
It is known by a number of different names around the world including - Cainii Kvass, Kombuchakvass,
Tea wine and Teekvass.
The secret of Kombucha is not that it 'cures' a multitude of illnesses but, that it boosts your body's
own system to fight those sicknesses.
What is Kombucha Tea?
What is Kombucha made of?
The FDA has found KT is safe to drink
Caspian Sea Yogurt
A creamy, slightly viscous yogurt made at room temperature.
It is easy to make because you do not need to heat the milk.
You add a couple of tablespoons of CSY to a quart of
milk and leave it for 12 hours.
Milder than Kefir.
VIILI, KEFIR, & FIL MJOLK
The Chinese mushroom was sent to Mexico by Mother Teresa from Calcutta with the desire to help
to cure persons, especially those with few resources or living in remote places where there are no doctors or medicines. Her
only condition was that it not be commercialized, or distributed any way except gratis.
EQUIPMENT That May Be Used
Empty Pickle Jars
Sun Tea Jars