Q: Is Dairy good or bad for you?
A: Dairy products are good sources of Calcium, Protein, Vitamins (A, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, K2), Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc and Magnesium. In addition, pasture raised dairy products have Omega-3 and Conjugated Linoleic Acid. However, not all dairy products are created equal. In fact, It is important to chose the minimally processed (eg. Whole Milk). Reduced fat or fat-free dairy products are deprived from most of their benefits and in most cases are highly processed and contain high amounts of sugar.
Q: What are Probiotics?
A: Probiotics are part of a larger system called microbiome. Surprisingly, the majority of the cells in our body are not human, those are the bacteria cells. There are 1,000 Trillion of them to 10 Trillion of you. Hence, those are the majority that controls our body and the life we experience on a daily basis. It influences our weight, immune system, mental health, and even our choice of partner. Latest research argues that so many of our modern diseases—obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune afflictions, and even cancer—have their root in our failure to maintain the healthy microbiome. Unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Probiotics are key for that.
Q: What is Kefir?
A: Kefir has been originated over 2,000 years ago and has been renowned for its health and longevity properties. Recently, Kefir had became a rage in the natural health community for its benefits on digestion and gut health. The consistency is similar to that of drinkable yogurt but it’s at least 10x more concentrated on probiotics. Unfortunately, not all Kefir are created equal and it requires not only the high quality ingredients but also a professional understanding of microbiology to craft a high quality product that would result in its renowned health benefits.
Q: What are the differences between Yogurt and Kefir?
A: The standard industrial yogurt bacteria strains are created to grow well in milk, but don’t survive inside the human gut. Yet, professional probiotic strains do find home in our microbiome. The probiotics will work in harmony acting as a shield against the most common disease, improve digestion and promote brain functionality.
Q: What is the difference between Dairy Kefir and Alternatives?
A: The main probiotic strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. As you can understand from the word Lacto - the most natural environment for probiotics to thrive is milk. They consume lactose and produce lactic acid (enzyme). Hence, kefir is virtually lactose-free and contains enzymes that helps to break down the lactose even further. However, many kefir alternatives contain large amounts of sugar as there is no lactose to ferment the Lactobacteria.