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    MontanaMama2009 posted:
    This is what kefir looks like:

    Kefir and HealthKefir has many reputed health benefits. It has antibiotic and antifungal properties. It's been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, and allergies, tuberculosis, cancer, poor digestion, candidiasis, osteoporosis, hypertension, HIV and heart disease.

    In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Particularly calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, B2 and B12, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin D. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir also has an abundance of calcium and magnesium, also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, kefir in the diet can have a particularly calming effect on the nerves.

    The abundance of enzymes brings more health benefits, especially to lactose intolerant people, many of whom can tolerate kefir without difficulty, as long as the kefir is raw and not cooked (cooking destroys the enzymes).
    Me, DH of 16 years, DD1 (15yo), DD2 (10yo), DD3 (nearly 2), a labrador, a tabby cat, a lop-eared bunny, and goldfish!  Life is grand!
    leftcoastgirl responded:
    Interesting! I've only ever seen it sold in bottles in a form that's like a yogurt smoothie.
    MontanaMama2009 replied to leftcoastgirl's response:
    The photo above is kefir "kernels" or "nuggets." You can use these to make your own, so you're not buy bottle after bottle of store-bought drink (at $4/bottle!).
    Me, DH of 16 years, DD1 (15yo), DD2 (10yo), DD3 (nearly 2), a labrador, a tabby cat, a lop-eared bunny, and goldfish! Life is grand!
    sarahann1978 replied to MontanaMama2009's response:
    What is it? It looks like a mushroom type thing to me, but is it a plant?
    Sarah (31), DH(29), DS (Jan. 09)
    MontanaMama2009 replied to sarahann1978's response:
    It's a probiotic "culture." You make yogurt, smoothies, cheese with it. It's filled with great healthy bacterial strains that balance your inner "ecosystem" (your gut fauna) and generally help you stay healthier.

    Some health benefits include:
    1. Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
    2. Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
    3. Treats liver disease
    4. Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
    5. Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
    6. Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
    7. Treats kidney stones
    8. Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
    9. Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
    10. Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
    11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    12. Treats gastritis
    13. Treats pancreatitis
    14. Treats ulcers
    15. Prevents and treats colon cancer
    16. Improves digestion
    17. Improves the body functions
    18. Improves the human immune system
    19. Cures Candida
    20. Cures hypertension
    21. Speeds up healing process
    22. Treats psoriasis
    23. Treats eczema
    24. Treats inflammatory diseases
    There are others, too.

    My husband works with an immigrant from Russia. She swears by kefir, as she was raised on it from infancy.
    Me, DH of 16 years, DD1 (15yo), DD2 (10yo), DD3 (nearly 2), a labrador, a tabby cat, a lop-eared bunny, and goldfish! Life is grand!
    bigginels responded:
    I used to consume kefir, grown from my own "grains" (it is a fungus!), on a consistent basis, but since I have become vegan, I'm not able to drink the kefir, which needs to be grown in milk. I miss it, as well as all the health benefits it brings. Any suggestions?

    BTW, I have grains to give away. How can you best send them to people who want them?

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