Why Kefir is Good for your Gut Health

The people of the Caucasus mountains have been drinking Kefir for over 2000 years. Today it is enjoyed around the world and there are mountains of research backing up its many health benefits — with new reports coming out all the time. Kefir and other cultured dairy products are incredibly beneficial to your health, specifically your gut health! And here are just some of their benefits…

A jar of homemade kefir

How kefir helps your gut:

  • Digestion

Be good to your gut, and your gut will be good to you! Lactose intolerant or not, the natural gut-friendly bacteria, vitamins and minerals in Kefir ensure your digestive system is resilient to the effects of stress, illness and antibiotics. The lactase enzyme improves lactose digestion for those that have difficulty digesting lactose too.

  • Metabolism

It can be tough staying in shape, or even getting into it. Our cultured dairy products help you feel happily, healthily, full — helping you live an all-round healthier lifestyle. The naturally occurring calcium and B vitamins contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.

  • Immune system

Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system is located in our digestive tract? And our Kefir is a natural source of Vitamin B12, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

  • Muscle Mass

 Kefir is high in protein, which contributes to a growth in muscle mass. It is also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins. All stuff our muscles love. (As do our bones, teeth, skin and eyes!)

  • Energy levels

3pm slump? Over-worked? More plates spinning than you can count? The natural B vitamins and essential amino acids in our cultured milk drinks help reduce tiredness and fatigue, to help keep those plates spinning!

What makes kefir so good for your health?

  • Kefir is made with beneficial bacteria

Kefir is made by fermenting Kefir grains – which are a cluster of beneficial bacteria, also known as live cultures – with fresh milk in an airtight container away from light. These live cultures feed off the lactose in the milk, allowing them to grow and reproduce.

The result? A cultured, protein-rich drink made with billions of live cultures.

  • Kefir is naturally lower in lactose

Kefir cultures break down the lactose sugars in the milk during this fermentation process, making the Kefir lower in lactose, which is usually the main cause of people’s discomfort when eating or drinking dairy. Additionally, Kefir contains enzymes that can help break down the lactose even further. As a result, our Kefir is naturally lower in lactose so easier to digest, making it gentler on stomachs.

  • Kefir contains naturally occurring vitamins

To function normally, the immune system relies on essential vitamins and minerals, and one of the key vitamins is B12.

Vitamin B12 encourages activity of immune cells and is linked with the body’s process for determining adequate immune response when we’re ill.

Kefir is a natural source of Vitamin B12, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. So instead of taking vitamins and supplements, Kefir can contribute to a well-balanced diet to help provide this essential nutrient.

Young woman eating a bowl of fruits with kefir

The best gut friendly foods

Dr Macciochi:

“There are many types of fermented foods but the strongest evidence for our health is in support of consuming fermented dairy products like Biotiful Kefir. Packed full of ‘live and active’ bacteria, kefir has a long-standing association with a whole host of health benefits and for good reason. There is a growing body of scientific evidence from the recent surge in medical interest in kefir that supports its long health history, particularly for good gut health and overall wellbeing.

Biotiful Kefir is an effective and diverse dietary source of good ‘live’ bugs making it a more powerful probiotic than commonly consumed dairy products like yoghurt. Plus, it’s much lower in lactose with no added sugar, naturally high in protein and calcium and a great source of vitamin B12 which supports normal function of the immune system. Consider it an upgrade to your usual dairy products.”

Why Biotiful Kefir?

Biotiful Kefir contains over 40 strains of live cultures, and every serving has billions of them.

Our Original Kefir is simply British milk and Kefir cultures, and our Plant-Based Oat Kefir is fermented with billions of vegan kefir cultures. To make our flavoured Kefir, we add natural fruit puree with no preservatives. There’s no added sugar in our Kefir, so any sweetness will come from naturally occurring sugars.

All our Kefir products are a source of protein, calcium, vitamins B12 and B2 & are vegetarian-friendly.

And, of course, we think Biotiful Kefir is delicious. Just ask any of the millions of people who enjoy it.