Useful fermented milk product has long been loved by Russians. With the help of kefir, you can improve your health, ease the course of certain diseases and even get rid of extra pounds. The drink is familiar and familiar for a long time, but many still have questions. It is not always clear when and how to drink kefir, and you can get confused when choosing a drink - on the shelves of shops there are a lot of bottles and bags of different manufacturers, with different fat content and composition.
The benefits of kefir
The product is a combination of various microorganisms: there are acetic acid bacteria, lactic streptococci, acidophilus bacilli, and yeast. A drink is created by fermenting milk with sourdough. The use of kefir fungus provokes fermentation, which allows you to get an invigorating, healing drink of white color and a uniform consistency.
Kefir is a favorite product for those who seek to lose weight, cleanse the body. The composition contains milk protein, which is easily absorbed. Drinking includes such components:
- fatty and organic acids;
- amino acids, including tryptophan;
- natural sugars;
- vitamins (A, C, PP, H and group B);
- beta carotene;
- manganese and iodine;
- zinc and copper;
- potassium with calcium;
- sulfur and phosphorus;
- iron and magnesium;
- sodium and chlorine.
This is not the whole list of useful components that are contained in the drink, but even this list looks impressive. The first result you will notice is the normalization of metabolism, intestinal microflora, and improved digestion. A dairy product populates the body with beneficial bacteria that help the stomach and intestines to function. The drink stabilizes the nervous system, has a calming effect.
One of the important and interesting properties of kefir is bactericidal. Lactic acid microorganisms fight harmful bacteria, cleanse the body of toxins, toxins. Such a drink can destroy pathogens of the gastrointestinal tract and even tuberculosis. In addition, the drink stimulates the local immune system, making the body more resistant to pathogenic bacteria in the future.
It is useful to drink the drink for women with menopause, menopause, menstruation, and pregnancy. It will help to transfer a serious condition for the body. For older people, drinking is more important than for young people. It reduces blood cholesterol, prevents the formation of plaques on the walls of blood vessels. If there are problems with the heart or blood vessels - kefir should become an indispensable component of your diet.
But kefir, with all its usefulness, can not be carried away by everyone. Some people should be wary of this drink. A number of main contraindications:
- gastritis with high acidity;
- milk protein allergy;
What to drink kefir
The properties of the drink depend on the duration of storage. In a one-, two-, and three-day drink, quantitative indicators of acidity, protein swelling, and the content of carbon dioxide and alcohol are distinguished. The three-day product has more alcohol and carbon dioxide, this must be taken into account if you follow a diet or want to give a drink to a child. On average, 100 g of fat-free product is 27-32 kcal, and fatty - 57 kcal. The exact data are indicated on the packaging, be sure to pay attention.
In Moscow stores a wide range of dairy products. There are products with the addition of vitamin C, fruit kefir of medium or low fat content. For the manufacture of take normalized milk, add fruit or berry syrups. Less commonly found is a 6% fat product; it is made from a combination of cream and milk. Not a rarity and a product with zero fat content. Consumers meet on the shelves 4 main types:
- nonfat - 0%
- low-fat - 1%;
- average fat content - 2.5%;
- bold - 3.2%.
Low-fat dietary product is suitable for cleansing the body, losing weight. Kefir improves intestinal motility, normalizes metabolism, and normalizes the urogenital system, blood vessels and heart. Has antioxidant properties, can improve your sleep. Kefir can be drunk to restore the body after surgery or dysbiosis of any degree of complexity. It helps to get rid of heaviness in the stomach after eating.
Kefir with a fat content of 3-6% with prolonged regular use improves the general condition of the body. Such a product can be drunk to suppress the processes of decay and fermentation in the intestine. Drinking will help saturate the body with all the necessary trace elements and proteins, without loading the stomach. A glass of such a product successfully replaces breakfast. It is useful to drink kefir after taking strong antibiotics to populate the stomach with beneficial microflora thanks to the probiotics in the composition.
Kefir with live bacteria is often made at home, but you can easily buy it in a store. For the manufacture of using special starter cultures with bacteria, yeast or kefir fungus. The product brings the greatest digestion benefits in the first 48 hours after preparation. It is recommended to drink with gastritis with low acidity before the main meal. One-day kefir will help to cope with constipation. Two- and three-day foods are consumed with diarrhea before meals.
What is kefir useful for before meals
It is customary to drink a drink at least 30 minutes before a meal. It is recommended for dysbiosis and to improve the intestinal flora to drink kefir in the morning on an empty stomach in small quantities. For stool problems, drink kefir before meals. Useful product before meals for children for the proper formation of the body, obtaining the necessary vitamins and minerals. A fermented milk drink is useful before meals to awaken appetite. Morning kefir helps improve overall health.
What is kefir useful after eating
Kefir 30 minutes after eating fatty foods will help the body cope with the digestion of food. After each meal and at night, drink a little kefir as a preventive measure to maintain the microflora. Kefir in the evening will populate your intestines with useful flora that can help your digestive tract during sleep. A glass of kefir after eating will help you lose weight, but at the same time, the portions of food themselves should become smaller. Add cinnamon, ginger and honey to the drink, the result will be more pronounced, and the taste will be pleasant.Attention! The information presented in the article is for guidance only. Materials of the article do not call for independent treatment. Only a qualified doctor can make a diagnosis and give recommendations for treatment based on the individual characteristics of a particular patient.