5 Signs you should be drinking kefir

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Drinking kefir is one of the most effective and simple things you can do to improve your digestion and wellness.  I can’t quite believe the difference in my digestive health and energy levels since we started the Yorlife adventure.  If you ever suffer from any of the following you really ought to consider introducing kefir to your daily diet.

 

You often feel bloated

Feeling bloated is awful, from the uncomfortable tightness of your jeans to the feeling of never really being comfortable, feeling bloated affects many of us but many have come to accept it as part of the norm.  However bloating is not normal, at least not when it is occurring regularly, and it is important to listen to your body and try to identify why you’re feeling this way.  It is most often due to sluggish metabolism or IBS like problems.  Kefir helps to re balance the good bacteria in our gut which in turn works to increase the efficiency of the digestive system.  This will help you to avoid the dreaded bloat.  It is important to drink kefir daily or at least a few times a week to see the best results.

 

You are often tired

As working mother I was no stranger to the mid-afternoon slump or the desperate battle with the snooze button (normally preceded by a screaming infant), tiredness it seemed was part and parcel of life.  That is of course is until I discovered kefir.  As if the digestive healing properties of kefir weren’t enough it also an exceptional energy booster and regulator of hormones.  That is due to the high levels of Tryptophan in kefir.  Tryptophan is used by the body to create serotonin, the happy hormone, which boosts your energy levels and regulates hormones (particularly good for us ladies, PMS I am looking at you!).  When consumed regularly kefir has been shown to increase and regulate energy levels- goodbye mid-afternoon crash!

 

You are not always “regular”

As a nation we generally do not discuss our bathroom habits and while that is all very well I think it leaves a lot of people suffering in silence.  According to recent research as many as one in seven adults and one in three children are suffering from constipation at any one time, which is a lot of bunged up bodies!  However in most cases getting, and staying, regular can be achieved by some simple dietary and lifestyle changes.  Firstly ensure you are drinking enough water, dehydration is a major cause of constipation, it is recommended that you drink at least 2l of water per day.  Now that may sound like a lot but if you make small changes like keeping a water bottle on your desk or in your car and sipping it regularly you can easily achieve this.  Secondly up your fibre intake, women should be eating 21-25g and men 31-35g per day.  Good sources of fibre include whole grains, leafy greens, nuts and bran cereals.  And thirdly drink kefir.  Regular consumption of probiotics creates a healthy digestive system which will keep things *ahem* moving.

 

You seem to catch every bug going

You probably have a weakened immune system.  We are going to be touching on ways to beat winter bugs next week in more detail but basically the best thing you can do to avoid catching every cold or sick bug going is to build a good defense.  By introducing bacteria to the gut our own gut flora will grow and flourish making it more equipped to fight off pathogens and more quick to recover if one does get through.

 

You generally don’t feel your best

When you’re feeling sluggish, bloated and tired it is really hard to be positive and get on with life.  By incorporating just one 250ml serving of Yorlife kefir into your daily diet whether it be on its own, in a smoothie or added to your favourite spicy curry you can alleviate and cure many if not all of these ailments.  Kefir truly is a miracle drink, if you don’t believe me- just try it for yourself!

Please note that if you have any health issues which are affecting you daily or have any serious concerns about your health you should speak to you GP.

Stay happy, stay healthy and stay regular!!

 

Yorlife Team x

Yorlife Celebrates National Chocolate Week

Yorlife chocolate week

This week marks a week to celebrate chocolate, as if we needed an excuse to indulge in the sweet stuff.  Unfortunately as delicious as chocolate may be it is not necessarily the best friend to our gut health  let alone our waistband particularly the mass produced milk variety which is made with exceptionally high levels of sugar and artificial preservatives.  That said, you deserve a little treat every so often and once in a while eating chocolate is no bad thing.  In fact dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has been proven to lower blood pressure- win win!  Unfortunately persuading children to enjoy dark chocolate with it’s slightly more bitter taste than milk chocolate can be difficult so this sweet, creamy and nutty shake is a fab way to get your little ones enjoying kefir.

So to celebrate Chocolate week we thought we would share our recipe for our gut-lovin’ kefir chocolate milk shakes which taste so good the kids will begging for more (without realising how healthy their sweet treat is, you won’t be able to resist seconds either,

 

Cacao “Chocolate Milkshakes”

Ingredients:

250ml Yorlife Natural Kefir

5 Medjool Dates (Soaked- see instructions)

Small Handfull Hazelnuts

2 tbsn Cacao Powder

1 tspn Vanilla Extract (Or Vanilla Protein powder for an amazing post workout recovery shake)

Although it is a little time consuming it is well worth soaking your medjool dates to ensure a smooth consistency and avoid any lumpy bits hiding in the bottom of your shake.  Pop your dates in a cup or bowl with warm water for at least half an hour before draining and putting in your blender, add the hazelnuts and blend until you have a think yet smooth paste.  Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Serve and enjoy your guilt-free, chocolate treat!

 

Happy Chocolate Week, Yorlife Team x