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Kefir Your Best Natural Probiotic (and many other health benefits).

Kefir comes from the Turkish word “keif”, which means “good feeling.” And I’ll bet that word was picked not just because kefir is a wonderfully refreshing drink with a tangy sour taste like yogurt. It was picked because of its tremendous health benefits – for what could feel better than your own sweet health? You should also know that kefir is the best natural probiotic available today.


What Is A Probiotic?


Probiotics give our intestines the beneficial bacteria they need to do their job right - bacteria that optimize the absorption of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in the food we eat. Sure, we all enjoy the pleasures of dining with friends and family, but nutrition is the bottom-line reason we eat in the first place - so it really pays to maximize here. Kefir is a first class probiotic which gives us all the necessary lacto acidophilus cultures (such as Lb. Acidophilus, Lb. Brevis, Lb. Casei) and many vital, minor cultures as well – and in a living, natural form that just happens to be extremely yummy.


Kefir health benefits:


Kefir increases the right bacteria which your digestive system needs, this is beneficial for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS, especially when you have taken lots of antibiotics too. It improves your immune system which helps in preventing recurrent infections in your body. Kefir is also an enhancer for irregularity in your bowel patterns and helps to increase the absorption of nutrients which you eat. Which leads to a stronger immune system.


Some other health benefits of kefir culture are:


  • Great calcium source (300 mg. in one cup), as well as magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamins B1 and B12, and K.
  • Full of amino acids like tryptophan, which relax your nervous system and improve your mood.
  • Kefir also reduces Candida overgrowth and yeast infections. In fact, if you use it together with Oil of oregano, it is a great natural treatment for yeast infection.
  • Stimulates peristalsis. Translation: it jump-starts your elimination giving you a natural constipation relief. (If your constipation. does not respond to kefir, see your doctor – it could be your thyroid.)
  • Antifungal, reduces cholesterol, aids digestion
  • Helps alleviate asthma, food allergies and eczema.



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....... How to Make Your Own High Quality Kefir

I used to make my own kefir when I lived in Holland many years ago, but found it hard to locate good kefir starter culture here in the States. I’ve recently gotten hold of an original starter culture from Europe and it’s currently growing and thriving. I invite you to contact me to reserve your very own batch of kefir grains. If you place an order for $100.00 or more at my website,  I will send you your starter culture free, along with some great recipes. You can go  to check out all my natural health products at one convenient place. Or call me at 530 -692-2904 for other possibilities to obtain a kefir culture (I love to barter).


But Can’t I Buy Kefir in the Store?


Yes you can, but the quality will not be the same. The kefir grains used commercially are not of the same quality, and the kefir is sweetened with cane sugar or high fructose syrup. There is so much evidence that these sugars are bad - in so many ways… So why compromise kefir’s health-giving properties when you can sweeten you own kefir with delicious fresh fruit, honey, molasses, or xylitol?


Because it is predigested, kefir can be enjoyed by infants, children, and adults, as well as most people who are lacto-intolerant. It contains no preservatives or additives, and can be a refreshing drink, or serve as the base for tasty recipes such as Greek tzaziki dip and mascarpone cheese.

So… Here’s How to Make your own Kefir   (It’s so-o-o- easy)


  • Put cream (pasteurized or raw, unpasteurized) or fresh milk (low fat or non-fat) or goat cheese into a clean glass container. (Use organic, hormone-free products. Who wants to ingest hormones!?) Use clean utensils, preferably stainless steel, not aluminum or plastic.
  • Add your kefir grains. The proportions of kefir grains to milk should be 1:5. Don’t fill the container more than 2/3 full; the mixture needs room to grow in.
  • Leave the mixture at room temperature for about 24 hours. Temperatures between 65 and 82 F (18 and 28 C) are good, with 77 F (25 C) being optimal. You don’t need an incubator unless the temperature falls below 50 F (10 C). I always find it strangely satisfying to check in as the milk slowly thicken. 
  • Strain the grains from the beverage, but don’t throw them away! That’s the amazing thing about kefir; you can save the living kefir culture for future use.
  • Add your sweetener of choice. Chill, serve, then savor the creamy lusciousness.
  • You can also put the kefir culture in a linen bag and move it from one clean glass milk container to another. This works well and is much easier. 
  • If you forgot to strain the kefir and it separates into a creamy part and a watery part, enjoy it all the same. The water is very healthful and good for your digestion. You can also store other foods in that water and they’ll keep in the fridge for up to a month.
  • If you go on a trip, give your grains to the same friend you give your plants to, to keep them active. They can enjoy the kefir drink. The grain will only stay well for 3 days in the fridge.  

Enjoy the health benefits of your kefir one moment at a time, in the here and now.


Warmly, Pieternel


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Kefir health benefits and Candida / Yeast Infections

If you have a candida albicans yeast overgrowth it is best to go slow with drinking kefir. When the intestinal flora are out of balance it can cause some rumbling down below, or an increased urge to eliminate. But don’t let yourself be scared off. The “bacteria soup” of tasty kefir is still excellent and beneficial for you – as it is for everyone. You just need to start with an ounce or two a day then work upwards.

How kefir can help you with a Natural Treatment for Yeast Infection.


How to Test If You Have a Yeast Infection or Not


Here is a very simple test that will give you the answer. First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, get a clear glass of water. (Better still, leave it by your bed the night before.) Work up a bit of saliva then spit it into the glass. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour. If you have a candida yeast infection you will see strings (like legs) traveling downward into the water from the saliva floating on top. You may also see “cloud” saliva sinking to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks that are suspended in the water. All these indicate a degree of yeast infection. If nothing develops in 30 minutes you are probably Candida / yeast free. If you eat two cups of kefir and get abdominal cramps or rumbling, you most likely have Candida.


I have made a little video for you to show the test more in detail. Please forgive the quality of the video. This is my first one!

Candida spit test video




Healthy Kefir Recipes



This is about the most healthy breakfast you can possibly eat, loaded with calcium and great for your eyesight.


  • One cup of kefir.
  • 2 tablespoons of dried blueberries
  • 5 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds or two tablespoons of flax seed oil.
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds


Mix the above and let it sit overnight.

Enjoy your breakfast… then storm through your day!


COLD AVOCADO SOUP (Fast, easy, tasty)


  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth.
  • 1 finely chopped onion, fully simmered in the broth.
  • 2 mashed avocados
  • 2 cups of kefir.
  • Lemon, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix all the ingredients together when the broth is luke warm or room temperature, then chill.
  • Great centerpiece for a refreshing spring/summer lunch or dinner.

Warmly Pieternel.


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