benefit of kefir Homeland of
kefir – North Ossetia, it was there that began to produce fermented milk drink on a unique sourdough. Its benefits are evidenced by the health and long life of the Highlanders, and scientists confirm this fact — the product contains a large number of prebiotic bacteria, whose analogues live in the intestines of humans. They promote digestion, help to assimilate food with high fiber content, so kefir goes well with cereals. In the absence of these lactocultures develop digestive disorders that this drink cures.
Kefir helps not only with diseases of the stomach, but also liver, intestine, pancreas. It accelerates the digestion process, possesses diuretics and provides the body with large amounts of protein. There is a view that this drink boosts immunity, strengthens the nervous system and treats sleep disorders. What’s more, there are studies proving that kefir reduces the risk of cancer.
All of the useful qualities of kefir are true for both adults and children. Kefir is an excellent source of calcium, this mineral element is very important during the period of growth of the body. Also this drink has a relaxing effect, it soothes too active and hauled children. It is particularly useful to drink this fermented milk product for a child suffering from gastrointestinal disorders.
But it is important to know that with increased acidity, kefir is contraindicated.
When can I give kefir to children?
Despite all the advantages listed, kefir has some shortcomings that do not allow it to be called a uniquely useful product for children of all ages. Kefir contains a small percentage of alcohol — about 0.5%. This amount increases if the product is warm for several hours — it continues fermentation, and the amount of alcohol can increase to 1.5%, and in the child’s body the process will continue, concentration can go up to 3%.
Therefore, children can only be given fresh kefir, when storing which the temperature regime was observed.
This product contains a lot of coarse casein protein, which is well absorbed by the adult body but is not suitable for newborn children. It is difficult for a breast baby to digest kefir – not only protein, but also a large amount of mineral salts, carbohydrates not similar to the carbohydrates of mother’s milk, the wrong ratio of fatty acids present a problem for the kid. Therefore, doctors recommend giving kefir from the age of eight months.