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What is Kefir?
Smooth Goat’s milk kefir is a fermented drink that is light and fizzy in texture; a power pack of healthy ‘non-transient’ bacteria that has positive benefits for your gut microbiome. When combined with a processed-food- free diet (low sugar, and free of cow’s milk and High-GI) this is a perfect way to add good fats to your daily eating habits.
How can kefir help you?
Microbiome is the 2kg of bacteria that typically lives inside your gut. This beneficial bacteria works with your system to break down food and transform it into energy that acts as the building blocks for your bones, skins, muscles and organs. However, with the pressures of modern day life, things like stress, antibiotics, sugar and other environmental toxins can work against this natural process. This can manifest itself into eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. Kefir’s strains of live, friendly bacteria can help restore imbalance, repopulate your good gut flora, and allow the healthy bacteria to flourish once more.
How should you take your kefir?
Drinking 170ml first thing in the morning before food allows the friendly bacteria to run free in your gut. For those who like to drink water and lemon first in the morning, we suggest that you continue to do so, but drink kefir afterwards. Allow some time to pass before having breakfast, giving your body a chance to absorb that bacteria.
What about water kefir?
Apart from traditional kefir, we also produce water kefir. This vegan-friendly alternative is perfect for those who are looking for all the benefits of kefir’s magical probiotic cultures that are normally limited to dairy products. It includes a wide range of organic acids, lactobacillus bacteria, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants beneficial for the body.
What makes Mount Olympus Pure Foods kefir so special?
Our refreshing kefir is made with Greek tradition! Using free-roaming Greek goat’s milk, we lovingly ferment the pasteurised milk with live kefir culture. By using this traditional process we enable the powerful bacteria to flourish, producing between six to eight billion beneficial bacterial strains. The process ensures that it is safe for pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity.
Goat’s milk has been proven to be more beneficial than cow’s milk, boasting a smoother curd. It also has a proportionately higher short and medium chain of fatty acids and lower lactose levels, meaning that its enzymes are easier to break down and digest.
It’s a great alternative for those with allergies and intolerances to cow’s milk. Oh, and the taste? Well, that’s pretty fantastic too! Kefir is far more powerful than taking a dried microbiotic and tastes better too!
Kefir contains many different strains of live bacteria, thriving in their own environment. If you have been taking a powdered or pill-based microbiotic, you may stop — you will no longer need it!
Choose the kefir that’s right for you
Mount Olympus offer a variety of water based and traditional kefir drinks to choose from. Their popular artesian water kefirs provide a delicious, sparkling ‘live’ refreshment — perfect for those who are looking for a dairy-free option, whilst the Goat’s Milk range is made with fresh goat’s milk and real kefir grains.
Both are designed to re-establish a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut biome. Check out the range for yourself here.