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What Is Kefir?

If You're Not Drinking Kefir, Here's Why You Should

It looks like supermodel Miranda Kerr's mother, Therese, shares her penchant for clean and healthy living! In a recent edition of Sunday Life, Therese's diet was featured in the mag's My Day on a Plate feature, and her healthy choices have been raising certain eyebrows on Twitter ever since.

While many people have criticised her diet, we commend it! In fact, Miranda's mama has one daily habit that more people should know about: sipping on kefir. If you've never tried it before, kefir is a thick and creamy yoghurt-like beverage with a tart, slightly sour taste. Beyond the flavour, it contains a mixture of yeasts and bacteria that can seriously benefit your body. Here's why we support Ms. Kerr's habit:

It supports healthy digestion: Containing 10 types of active microorganisms, kefir is richer than yoghurt in probiotics, the good-for-you bacteria that live in your gut. Sipping on kefir may keep you regular and prevent bloating or more serious IBS-related symptoms.

It's rich in protein: If you want to cut back on fat or calories but amp up your protein intake, add a glass of plain kefir to your daily diet. Just one low-calorie serving of non-fat kefir offers over eight grams of protein, and studies have shown eating more protein can help you lose weight.

It supports a healthy nervous system: For strict vegetarians, getting essential B vitamins can be a struggle without a supplement. Luckily, kefir is a great natural source of B vitamins — especially vitamin B12, one of the most difficult to come by if you don't eat meat, fish, eggs or poultry. Vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system as well as healthy blood cells.

You can easily find kefir in your supermarket alongside other milk products, or you can DIY kefir in your own kitchen. All you need are the kefir grains and milk.

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