The next time you hit up your local health food store, take a look in the refrigerator. Tucked between the bottles of kombucha and probiotic water, it's likely you'll find kefir — a thick and creamy yogurt-like beverage with a tart, slightly sour taste. Beyond the flavor, it contains a mixture of yeasts and bacteria that are a huge benefit to the body. Here's why you should be dirnking it.
It supports healthy digestion: Containing 10 types of active microorganisms, kefir is richer than yogurt in probiotics, the good-for-you bacteria that live in your gut. Sipping on kefir may keep you regular and prevent bloating or more serious IBS-related symptoms.
It's rich in protein: If you want to cut back on fat or calories but amp up your protein intake, add a glass of plain kefir to your daily diet. Just one low-calorie serving of nonfat kefir offers over eight grams of protein, and studies have shown eating more protein can help you lose weight.
It supports a healthy nervous system: For strict vegetarians, getting essential B vitamins can be a struggle without a supplement. Luckily, kefir is a great natural source of B vitamins — especially vitamin B12, one of the most difficult to come by if you don't eat meat, fish, eggs, or poultry. Vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system as well as healthy blood cells.