Kefir is full off “probiotics”, meaning beneficial to life. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to strengthen your body. Once you have them inside, research shows, they help to boost immunity, promote better digestion and lower cholesterol. They also help aid weight loss, add, lactoce intolerance and restore the body after taking antibiotics.
The friendly yeast and bacteria in kefir are essential for restoring and maintaining a healthy floral colony in the small and large intestine. Its acidity creates an inhospitable environment for parasites and other unfriendly organisms.
Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk that needs to be simplified before it can be absorbed into the blood stream. If you are lactose intolerant you lack the enzyme lactase, which is the appropriate enzyme to digest lactose allowing it to be absorbed. During the fermentation process of kefir, lactase is actually produced digesting the lactose. When drunk it then lines the stomach with the lactase and even colonises the intestinal tract if drunk of a daily basis. Because this enzyme, lactase, is now present in the digestive system, your body will find it easier to digest lactose.
If you are lactose intolerant, it is advised to brew kefir for as long as possible, to give your kefir time to digest the lactase, giving it as little lactase content as possible. Also start on small amounts daily and then slowly increase. This will give time for the enzymes and good bacteria to colonise the gut.
Eczema is said to be dry and sometime infected skin. Moisturizing your skin from the inside as well as out is a great way of combating the symptoms. One of the latest discoveries in skincare is Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). These are fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric acid), tartic acid in grapes, mallic acid in apples and lactic acid in kefir. AHA creams help to remove dead skin cells by dissolving the lipids that hold the old cells together thus helping new ones grow. However these creams also contain artificial colourings, dies, synthetic perfumes which all may cause unnecessary damage to your skin. Kefir contains lactic acid plus a range of good bacteria, without all the harmful by-products of shop bought and prescription creams, making it a great way to relieve the symptoms of eczema naturally.