How to Strengthen Your Gut With Kefir

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With 30-some strains of gut-friendly bacteria (as compared to about seven in yogurt), kefir is a probiotic powerhouse, promoting gut health and helping break down your food efficiently. Its tart and tangy flavor makes it the perfect complement to just about any recipe. Here are five ways to use kefir — including one that might surprise you!

1. As a bone-building breakfast 

Kefir has high levels of calcium and vitamin K2, which have a symbiotic relationship: Vitamin K2 helps the body better absorb calcium, and research shows supplementing with it can reduce bone fractures by up to 81 percent. Quick Kefir Bowl: Stir together 1/3 cup of quick oats, ½ tablespoon of chia seeds, ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 cup of plain kefir. Let sit five to 10 minutes to thicken. Eat topped with fresh fruit, coconut flakes or chopped nuts.

2. As a disease-defeating dip 

Not only does kefir contain biotin and folate to boost immunity, it also contains lactobacillus kefiri, which helps defend against E. coli, candida, yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

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