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What is kefir?

February 17, 2011

Have any of you ever heard of kefir?

This is a centuries-old product that few of us have ever heard of. Even though I am familiar with incubating mother cultures for cheese when I worked in a dairy many years ago, I had never heard of kefir, which is a probiotic. Now days we are hearing more and more about probiotics.

This product has now found its way into our country and we all will be learning more and more about it. We just found a kefir product on the shelf of a local grocery store. It was a milk kefir product and comes in a variety of flavors. What I have made is from water and is inexpensive. The milk kefir comes from a different grain than the water kefir.

Recently I found many sites on the Internet that told all about it. I am always looking for a product to improve my health, and I wanted to know how it worked. After some research I ordered the water kefir grains. These grains have been known around the world in many locations for centuries. In some cultures they were considered a “Gift from God.” It is a culture process that is propagated every second or third day. It is sort of like having a bread starter that just goes on and on. My wife thinks we may have to move out of the kitchen it has grown so much. In one week’s time we have gone from one jar to eight. I think I fed them too much.

Many of the testimonials on the website claim that it strengthens the immune system and helps to prevent diseases of all kinds. It appears to cleanse the liver, and helps the skin, eyes and joints. Water kefir goes by many names and has a good taste. The water kefir grains are translucent and are similar to small, soft golden raisins.

Kefir, which means “Feel Good” in Turkish, is a hand crafted, effervescent, culture and enzyme-rich probiotic drink that is filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your inter ecosystem.

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