Everybody should include yogurt and kefir in their daily diets, because these two dairy products bring a lot of benefits to our health.
Even if you would normally not tolerate lactose, you should know that you can safely consume these products and it is even recommended to do so, because both yogurt and kefir do not contain much lactose, due to the fermentation process that decomposes this particular sugar. Still, even though the offer of supermarkets is quite generous when it comes to yogurt and kefir, it would be best to prepare these two at home. You need just a few ingredients that are highly affordable and wait for the product to be finished approximately one day, and that’s it.
Making yogurt and kefir at home will give you the insurance that the products are clean and that they don’t contain any chemicals or preservatives.
Why should you consume yogurt and kefir? First of all, they are sources of a variety of precious nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, B-2, and B-12. You will also get a good portion of protein, every serving of 6 ounces providing approximately 9 grams of proteins.
Still, one of the biggest reasons to consume homemade yogurt and kefir is the presence of probiotics in their content. Probiotics are represented by good bacteria, which is more than necessary for a healthy digestive system and strong immune system. Due to various reasons, such as medical treatments, especially when antibiotics are used, indigestions, infections, and a number of health conditions, including the ones triggered by changing your environment, which usually happens when traveling, the number of good bacteria in your digestive system is diminished. The consequences of this aspect will be stomach pain and discomfort, diarrhea or constipation, and other unwanted effects on your bowel movement.
So, consuming homemade yogurt and kefir will make sure that the flora of good bacteria in your digestive system is present, regardless of the health challenges you had to face lately. Also, these active cultures bring even more benefits to your digestive system, helping a variety of conditions, just as inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance, and infection with H. pylori. Several studies show as well that yogurt and kefir can help people recover faster from infections, lowering in a significant manner the duration of the recovery period. This also includes infections that occur in the cold season, like respiratory infections. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, two types of probiotics that are usually found in yogurt, can aid in the treatment for H. pylori infection, which is a bacterium that affects your stomach and a part of the small intestines, especially in the case of patients that don’t respond that well to the medicated treatment.
Thus, if you disregarded the consumption of yogurt and kefir up to this point, you should definitely change this. These two can be easily prepared at home, so you can have fresh yogurt or kefir at all times. If you want to learn more about yogurt and kefir and how to easily make them yourself, just take a look at the video here.