In recent years dairy seems to have had some pretty bad PR. It seems many people are cutting out dairy more and more believing that they are intolerant to it. The truth is dairy intolerance is actually very rare and what most people who find trouble with dairy products are actually intolerant to is lactose (which is a sugar found in milk and many man made products). The amazing thing about kefir (as if you needed to be impressed further by kefir benefits) is that there is a naturally occurring enzyme in it which breaks down the lactose so that it is more easily digested, even by those with a recognised lactose intolerance. There is even evidence that if drunk regularly people who have previously been lactose intolerant have regained the ability to digest lactose from other forms- pretty impressive! The calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins found in kefir are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and bones and can help inhibit the development of osteoporosis- an increasing issue in women of a certain age.