Kefir - Caucasian drink for your "second brain"
Gut health is not inferior in importance to physical and even mental health. With the medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think, hence why it’s vital to keep it balanced and healthy.
The way we can keep it healthy is drinking ancient Russian drink - kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk drink made from living kefir grains that originated in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia.
Kefir grain can’t be manufactured. It can only be grown from other grains. Kefir has a similar taste and consistency to a drinking yoghurt. However, it is medically more powerful, and the reason is this kind of non-sweet yoghurt contains "transient bacteria," that get killed off during the digestive process, whereas Kefir contains nontransient bacteria that survives the digestive processes and can also re-populate the gut with good bugs that you need for health.
Acknowledging the fact that the gastrointestinal tract is extremely sensitive to emotion, stress, and anxiety. Studies have shown there are some useful tools which can help.
Meditation trials at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have demonstrated that mindfulness meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain, clearly benefitting the gut and complimenting a healthy diet.
Talking about the overall health of an athlete especially the one that is having a strict diet for long periods the problem arises when he starts eating something the gut isn’t used to, causing a struggle for the stomach acids to cope with.
That's why these people have to keep up their gut health like no one else. The primary role of the gut’s brain is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination.
According to the Director of the John’s Hopkins Centre for Neurogastroenterology, research on the enteric nervous system found that the enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain with profound results.
Experimentally proved that serving kefir on a daily basis has the next results:
- Rich in vitamin B
- Contains folic acid
- Contains easily digested proteins
- Full of good bacteria helping digestion
- Contains antimicrobial strains of lactobacilli
- Boosts immunity
- Supports detoxification
- Helps balance gut bacteria disturbed by antibiotics can heal the skin after severe burns
- Treats the inflammatory bowel disease
- Helps fight allergies
- Can be consumed by the lactose intolerant
- Lowers the blood pressure
- Assists in building bone density
- Kills candida
- Can help combat anaemia
Due to its highly allergenic features for human consumption and for triggering autoimmune reactions we recommend you to start with 1 TBSP per day, and gradually work up to the recommended serving size of 170ml per day.
Interesting fact: some bodybuilders are known to increase their daily serving. They have been known to slowly build up to the desired amount of Kefir and recommend drinking about 200-300 ml of fresh milk Kefir a day.