When I started my wellness journey I had no idea that one day I would become totally obsessed with fermented foods. Seriously, bacteria is kind of a big deal and I see it as an important part of my diet. Is that weird? That’s weird right?
But it shouldn’t be! In fact… your microbiome (which is the name for the bacterial communities that live in and on our bodies) is kind of a big deal. Your health literally depends on it!
So when a lovely reader (hi Jamie!) asked me to talk about supplements I knew exactly which one I wanted to focus on first! The fermented powerhouse that is Coconut milk kefir. Because those kefir health benefits are too good to miss out on.
So let’s talk about the awesome kefir health benefits you need to know about. And why coconut milk kefir is a pretty fantastic and simple addition to your self-care routine.
Ready to have some fun?
Why We’re Talking About Kefir Health Benefits
Recently Jamie of mommyinflats.com (an awesome blog about fashion and family that you should absolutely check out) asked me to write a post about supplements. And I was very excited to oblige. But I had one little problem…
I don’t take a lot of supplements.
While I do take a couple of prescribed supplements for Graves Disease (which you can read more about right here if you’re interested), I typically try to get everything I can from my food. And when I do turn to supplements, I usually stick with something food based – like vitamin B12 fortified nutritional yeast, hemp seed oil or coconut milk kefir (which we will definitely talk a lot more about in a minute!)
So writing a long post about which supplements you should take isn’t exactly something I can do. I have a rule – if I wouldn’t do it I definitely won’t write a post recommending it!
But I knew I wanted to explore those food based supplements with you. Pretty excited to actually! Y’all know I love to nerd out and I adore food. So smooshing those two things together is a whole lot of fun!
And I can’t think of a better place to start that with The Cultured Coconut coconut milk kefir.
There are some serious Coconut Milk Kefir Health Benefits! Like too good to deny serious. And since you only need 1 tablespoon a day to cash in on that, one bottle goes a long way. For me, it’s a daily must.
So let’s talk about it! But before we dive into those kefir health benefits, we’re going to have to talk about why our digestive system is so important.
On a little side note – this post is by no means sponsored by The Cultured Coconut. I’m just obsessed, in love with the quality and have been taking it for years.
Ready to learn a ton of cool things about your digestive tract?
Your Digestive System Is A Big Deal
Your digestive system is pretty bonkers amazing. Think about it for a second – this baby is responsible for the digestion of all of the foods and liquids you consume. Forever! Pretty hardcore if you ask me.
And all of that hard work helps to give you energy, repair your cells and keep you alive. It’s a big deal! Your digestive system plays an important role in many functions. And while we don’t often think about it, that huge list of responsibilities also includes immune support.
Your intestines host the HUGE Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue [GALT]. Which basically helps to protect you from potential invaders that might make it to your gut. See, I told you it was a big deal! 😉
Your gut also affects your emotions (and vice versa). There’s a reason why we say we have a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘butterflies in our stomach’. Or even refer to our gut as our ‘second brain’. It’s because it’s kind of true! And the Enteric Nervous System is the reason.
This system of neurons calls the shots and rules over the functions of your digestive tract. But it also communicates with our nervous system’s main powerhouse, the Central Nervous System (CNS). Which allows it to play a role in how you feel. In fact, it is the second largest grouping of neurons in your body after the CNS.
This is why there’s a clear brain-gut connection. Poor digestion may even play a part in the causes of anxiety and depression. I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind! (source)
Your digestive tract is also the home of a TON of bacteria.
Not all bacteria are created equal and our lives literally depend on some very helpful strands. You have 10 times more bacteria than human cells in that fantastic body of yours, trillions of which live in your gut. Together they make up your incredibly important (and pretty flipping cool) microbiome!
Even more fascinating – You have approximately 20 000 human genes, but you also have 2-20 million microbial genes! That’s a heck of a lot of bacteria hanging out in there, isn’t it? (source)
And when we zoom into our digestive tracts, we see approximately 100 trillion bacteria and microorganisms hanging out in there working their booties off. (Do bacteria have booties?) (source)
All of this bacteria works hard for the right to call our bodies’ home. They break down food, produce vitamins that we can’t make ourselves and show our immune system how to kick butt. They even create anti-inflammatory compounds to help us stay healthy, how freaking cool is that?! (source)
Remember how I praised the digestive system for its role in digesting everything we eat? Turns out it’s our microbiome that breaks down many of the proteins, carbs and fats that find their way to our digestive tract. We need that bacteria to get the most out of our food! (source)
There’s a link between digestion, health, how you feel and even how you think.
An unhealthy digestive system can even play a role in the development and severity of Autoimmune Diseases. In turn, many autoimmune diseases have a negative effect on the digestive tract. This includes Graves Disease, which is why I definitely take my digestive health very seriously (and encourage you to do the same!) (source, source 2)
Caring for and protecting your digestive system is incredibly important!
Which brings me back to…
These Awesome Kefir Health Benefits
In short, it’s all about that bacteria baby! (Who’s surprised?) Just 1 Tablespoon of The Cultured Coconut Coconut Milk Kefir can provide you with approximately 4 trillion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of probiotic bacteria. You read that right, trillion! And there are over 40 different active strains (we’re talking biodiversity!)
It’s the most powerful probiotic you’ll find.
This means you’re introducing more healthy bacteria into your precious digestive system which in turn will:
- Keep that microbiome happy, healthy and diverse
- Help to break down proteins, carbs and fats in your digestive tract
- Support immune function
- Play a role in your mental well-being
- Foster overall better health.
Boom! Look at all those coconut milk kefir health benefits hiding in one little tablespoon.
Why I Choose The Cultured Coconut Coconut Milk Kefir
While yogurt and probiotics are also viable options, you aren’t going to find anything quite as powerful as The Cultured Coconut. It has so much more to provide and packs a powerful punch with just 1 tablespoon a day!
Super bonus, The Cultured Coconut is traditionally made using non-chlorinated and fluoride free water. It’s also organic, casein and lactose-free, sugar-free, cholesterol-free and gluten-free. Basically safe for most of us who have food intolerance and allergies! I’m sure it’s no mystery why they’re my kefir of choice!
Ultimately, healthy sources of probiotics help to protect your incredibly important microbiome, keeping healthy bacterial populations high. Consuming fermented foods like Coconut Milk Kefir daily supports your digestive health and, in turn, the health of your entire body.
When you eat better, you feel better! Both physically and emotionally. And I love that those kefir health benefits include that kind of health support. It’s pretty wonderful, isn’t it?
Personally, I typically take a tablespoon in the morning as part of my self-care routine. But you can also add it to things like nice cream, cereal, smoothies, juices, salad dressings and yogurt parfaits. It’s a healthy foodie must have!
As an Autoimmune Warrior, the health of my gut is pretty important to me.
Daily tablespoons of coconut milk kefire are just one of the many ways that I work to protect my digestive system so that it is better able to protect me. It’s all part of my self-love language.
Great news, you don’t need an Autoimmune Disease to start caring for your body. Daily acts of self-love, including healthy eating, are, of course, good for all of us! And everyone can benefit from healthy, fermented foods like Coconut Milk Kefir.
Cherish your wellness now; small actions every day can help to protect your precious health and prevent or lessen the severity of potential health issues now and in the future.
Now excuse me while I down some kefir!
Your turn – have you tried coconut milk kefir before? Excited to give it a go? What did you think about all of the cool things bacteria do for us? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Health and love and bacteria hugs,
Thought of the day: I am my priority. My health takes precedence and I show myself love by caring for it daily.
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