Kefir is a fermented drink made with milk and probiotic cultures of yeast and bacteria known as kefir grains. The grains turn cow, sheep, or goat’s milk into the kefir drink in just 24 hours at room temperatures. The drink itself tastes tangy and is similar to yogurt except it’s a little more watery than yogurt.
So what has kefir got to do with celiac disease?
Everything! Kefir introduces billions of healthy bacteria and yeasts to our gut, healing it from the damage caused by celiac disease. Drinking kefir benefits the gut in many ways, and these benefits have actually been the subject of many studies in recent years.
What about lactose intolerance?
Studies have shown that kefir is generally well-received by people who are lactose-intolerant. A study by Lifeway showed that fewer symptoms were reported when lactose-intolerant participants consumed kefir compared to other dairy products. I’ve been drinking kefir for a few months now and I have no problems with it whereas the same milk before fermentation gives me stomach cramps (I use goat milk).
Where can I get kefir?
I’ve seen packaged bottles available at Walmart and other major stores. However, I personally feel that the best way to drink kefir is to make it yourself at home. This is less of a hassle than you might think. All you need is milk, kefir grains, and a bottle to sit everything in for 24 hours. Find out how to make kefir at home.