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Kefir

Super Foods

Posted January 15, 2018

Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd

Miss United States 2017
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology

This series is written to increase the detoxification effects of Planet Beach services. It is focused on nutritional ingredients that you can add into your daily regime to take the already incredible results even further.

At Planet Beach you will find services that strive to ultimately make you feel better and look better, but they do this by reducing inflammation in the body. Utilizing red light therapy, the meditation booth, the hydration station, the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are ancient technologies that are available to you.

In addition to utilizing services at Planet Beach that are based on ancient treatments and traditions, you can enhance your results with superior nutrition.

This month’s new food to incorporate is…

Kefir

First things first, so many of my clients want to address their digestive tract, or more like their digestive issues. What I have found is an entire generation of people who were overprescribed antibiotics. This has created a disrupted environment in the gut, or as medical professionals and researchers are now calling your microbiome.

How does this apply to detoxification? Your digestive system, your gut, and, essentially, your microbiome are responsible for carrying out the detoxification process, along with your liver and kidneys. If this system is overloaded with toxins and unable to function properly, it is not detoxifying your body to the best of it’s ability.

When the microbiome becomes overrun or depleted, overall health is affected. The GI Tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.

What is kefir? It can be pronounced keh-feer, kee-fur, or kef-fur. No matter which way you say it, it’s pretty popular in natural health circles.

That’s because it contains nutrients as well as friendly bacteria that can help you maintain a healthy gut. Kefir is a fermented beverage made from what kefir drinkers and producers call “grains.”

However, these grains are not grown from plants. They are not a cereal or anything that resembles a grain from the food pyramid. Kefir grains are made up of yeasts and bacteria. They are small, translucent, whitish, jelly-like orbs that look a little like tiny pieces of cauliflower.

There are two types of kefir, water, and milk.

Kefir Is Nutritious

Milk kefir is usually made with milk from a cow or goat. Some people make it with non-dairy milk, such as coconut or almond milk.

If milk kefir cultures are continually used with non-dairy milk, they will eventually die. This will not happen if they are used to ferment dairy milk. Although sugar is used to make water kefir, there is little sugar left in the final beverage, because the grains consume the sugars to ferment the liquid.

Kefir Contains More Probiotic Than Yogurt

Probiotics are microorganisms that can improve your health when they’re consumed.

Most people associate probiotics with improved digestion and more regular bowel movements.

However, ingesting probiotics also provides other health benefits, including the following:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced risk of allergies
  • Improved immunity
  • Improved skin condition
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Weight management

Kefir Can Colonize the Gut

Experts say that if probiotics don’t make it through the stomach acid to the gastrointestinal tract, they won’t be able to provide health effects. It is thought that kefir’s milk base reduces the acidity of the stomach and allows the beneficial bacteria to be carried into the large intestine.

Test tube studies have subjected the probiotics in kefir to acid with a similar pH to that of stomach acid, and the probiotics survived.

The microbes in kefir have even been shown to adhere to cells similar to those on the walls of your gut, therefore colonizing it and helping to protect against harmful bacteria.

Kefir Can Protect You from Cancer

Cancer is caused by the cells in the body mutating and growing in an uncontrolled manner. A tumor is one example of this.

Studies show that the good bacteria found in kefir can impede the growth of tumors.

Probiotics can slow the enzymes that convert certain compounds into carcinogens in the body. Kefir can also act as an antioxidant and protect the immune system. Kefir has been studied for its role in protecting against colorectal cancer. In test tube studies, it has been found to encourage the destruction of tumor cells. Kefir was also found to help encourage cancer cell death in leukemia research.

Kefir Can Help You to Detoxify Your Body

In our modern age, toxins surround us. We consume them through our diets and absorb them through cosmetics and other products.

Kefir can be used to detoxify the body. In fact, it is particularly effective against aflatoxins.

Aflatoxins are common toxins that we are exposed to in food. They are spread through mold and tend to contaminate groundnuts.

Peanut butter, for example, would be a common culprit, especially if the nuts were not roasted as part of processing. While purchasing properly processed peanut butter can reduce your exposure, it is hard to avoid exposure to these toxins entirely. You may also find aflatoxins contaminating grains such as corn, soy or wheat, as well as vegetable oils such as cottonseed, soybean and canola oil. The lactic acid bacteria in kefir enable kefir to bind aflatoxins, which is the same thing as killing them.

So if you regularly drink kefir, you may be able to detoxify your body and increase the benefits of your HOTWORX practice.


About Rachael:

Rachael Todd joined the Planet Beach family as a Cover Model in 2015 and is our original HOTWORX Virtual Instructor. After being crowned Miss Florida 2009, Ms. Todd has successfully made a career for herself as a full time runway, advertising, and fitness model, as well as a corporate spokesperson for companies like Lexus, Disney, Samsung, Nike, and Loreal. She is also a certified health coach and yoga instructor, and appreciates the opportunity to help others increase their wellbeing, resilience, optimism, and motivation through Positive Psychology.

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