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DIY Kefir

January 5, 2016
Learn how the (gluten-free) "grains" in the bowl help create a good-for-your-gut drink.

What’s one of the best ways to stick to your weight loss and wellness goals this year?

Mind your microbial gut health.

Research finds that everything from antibiotic use to environmental pollution can deplete your intestinal flora, which can either prevent or encourage disease and determine your ability to maintain a healthy weight.

And we’ve got a remedy that can quickly give your belly a boost.

Kefir (pronounced kuh-feer) is a tangy, yogurt-like beverage that you can easily add to smoothies, salad dressings or drink on its own. The name is derived from a Turkish word keyif, meaning “good feeling,” and it certainly earns that designation.

WATCH: How to make kefir at home.

Studies show that kefir has antimicrobial, antitumor and immune-boosting properties. This belly booster boasts higher and more varied probiotic activity than yogurt with a mix of both beneficial bacteria and yeast that support digestion.

Kefir is made when kefir “grains” (which are comprised of bacteria and yeast, not wheat or rye) are mixed with milk. You can find it in the milk section at health food stores or make your own by ordering starter grains online.

If you want another option besides cow’s milk, it’s also made with goat’s milk or you can make your own coconut milk version.

Start your week with this simple, winter-inspired recipe from Drink Your Way to Gut Health by Molly Morgan, RD, which is filled with good-for-your-gut recipes.

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