Kefir – superfood to eat and wear
Kefir is a superfood to eat and wear for your inside out beauty.
White to cream-colored fermented raw cow milk, kefir is a unique beverage, a probiotics powerhouse. It has a slightly fizzy, viscous consistency; a distinct sour smell; and a tart taste similar to liquid yogurt or buttermilk.
What makes kefir a superfood
Kefir is one of the world’s oldest fermented foods and considered by nutritionists as superfood with many scientifically proven health benefits. Many essential for your inside out beauty nutrients (such as proteins, B vitamins, including B12, biotin, calcium, and folate) are abundant in kefir.
Kefir contains amino acids that perfectly nourish your skin. Thanks to the bacteria, kefir masks help to regulate the acid-base balance of the skin. It has bleaching properties, which will be helpful for freckles and age spots.
Probiotics boost immunity, combat obesity and reduce intestinal issues. Kefir also helps your body to get rid of toxins and fight free radicals, the main reasons for skin aging. The high probiotic content of kefir intensifies the absorption of vitamins, calcium and magnesium, giving your skin, hair and nails natural glow.
Kefir from a supermarket is probably not kefir
Because kefir is extremely difficult to commercialize, more likely, what you buy at a supermarket is just pasteurized milk with some live cultures. If you are not sure about the quality of the product you are buying, make kefir yourself. It’s absolutely not complicated.
How to make kefir
First, you have to buy kefir grains at a health store or online (they will mail you freeze-dried cultures). Add 1 tbsp of kefir grains per 1 liter of 3.5% organic milk and leave it at room temperature (covered only by light fabric) for 24 hours. Then strain out the kefir grains – the resulting liquid is kefir.
If refrigerated, homemade kefir should last for about 2 weeks.
5 Ways to eat kefir
Kefir can be a healthy and delicious addition to a well-rounded diet. Here are 5 easy ways to eat kefir:
- Drink it: Because it’s a drink you can simply drink it. You can also add honey or any freshly squished juice. According to healthcare professionals, regularly drinking kefir may improve health in 4-5 weeks. People who started drinking kefir reported feeling better after a few days of use. At the beginning, it is better to drink kefir after a meal primarily to ensure your body does not get overwhelmed by its acidity.
- Make a smoothie: If you use yogurt as a base for your smoothies, why not to try kefir instead? Simply blend your smoothie the exact same way you use yogurt.
- Make a delightful dessert: Use your imagination and whatever fruits and berries you have in your fridge.
- Make pancakes: There are tons of recipes from bread, scones, waffles that you can make with kefir. Try to make pancakes – you’ll be surprised.
- Make your own tzatziki sauce: Tzatziki is a dip, soup, or sauce found in the cuisines of Greece and the Middle East. Mix kefir with cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme. Don’t forget about salt.
Kefir to wear – DIY facial masks
- The simplest way to wear kefir is just taking a cotton pad, dipping it in kefir and applying it on cleansed face and neck. Keep kefir on your skin for 10-15 min and then rinse with warm water.
- Grind the cucumber on a grater and squeeze out the juice. Mix cucumber juice with kefir. Apply the mix on cleansed face and leave it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Instead of cucumber, you can use strawberries or raspberries.
- Make any smoothie with kefir and before drinking it, put a little bit aside for your facial mask.
Drinking a cup of kefir daily can be a great way to make you more beautiful. Naturally.