September 21st, 2016
Yorlife Kefir and Pregnancy
Ah pregnancy, the miracle of childbirth, the magic of growing a teeny tiny human. It is a truly exceptional experience. It is also a huge strain on our bodies. For anyone who has been there or currently in the throes of this miraculous time you may be aware that this marvel often comes at somewhat of a price. Raging heartburn, nausea, swollen feet (and hands and everything else), mood swings, not to mention the fatigue, which is probably nature’s way of preparing us for the sleepless nights which come with tiny humans, are all part and parcel of the process. So we thought we would give you some information about how drinking Yorlife Kefir can help.
It is so important that we nourish ourselves and our babies throughout pregnancy. We often get asked if probiotics are safe to take during pregnancy. In short. Absolutely. I would, however, always recommend discussing any radical diet changes or the taking of any probiotic tablet supplements with your GP first. Instead you can ensure you are getting enough probiotics by including natural foods such as kefir and sauerkraut in your diet.
Kefir is important during pregnancy for several reasons. The first being that it is important now more than ever that your digestive system is working as efficiently as possible so that your body can extract all the nutrients it requires from your diet. One of the unfortunate side effects of being with child tends to be a slowing of the digestive system due to higher levels of progesterone in your system as well as there being additional pressure, often literally due to baby’s position, on your system which often results in constipation. Drinking kefir daily helps to keep everything in the best possible working order and should help keep things regular.
Did you know that 75% of your immune system lives in your gut? This is just one of the areas Kefir benefits. Billions of good bacteria reside in your gut and fight the bad bacteria which come its way. Kefir has been shown to reduce incidences of the yeast infection Strep. This often starts in the breast and can be passed to your baby during breastfeeding. Taking regular probiotics has been shown to reduce the prevalence of this infection. Kefir will help keep these infections at bay and keep your immune system in the best working order to protect you and baby.
In addition to the hundreds of good bacteria in Kefir there are also high levels of tryptophan which produces seratonin (the feel good hormone) which is exceptionally efficient at improving your mood, balancing your hormones and maintaining your energy levels, all of which are mighty beneficial to mums-to-be. This tends to be one of the lesser known Kefir benefits but is certainly one of the most instantly noticeable. Kefir is also full of essential amino acids which help control and regulate our stress levels which can lead to more restful sleep resulting in increased energy the following morning.
So while we may not be able to do anything about your little dear kicking you in the ribs at 2am hopefully our yummy kefir will help you during your pregnancy and beyond. And if you already have little ones why not check out our family friendly kefir recipes.
Team Yorlife x