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.
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.
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.
- ½ cup plain kefir
- 3 or 4 ice cubes
- ½ cup chai concentrate
- In a glass, whisk together the chai tea concentrate and kefir.
- Fill with ice, and stir. Serve immediately.
We like the brand Oregon Chai for a chai concentrate.