Saturday, January 30, 2010

Eco-Friendly Freckles is now selling Kefir Grains!

Kefir - A Cultured Dairy Product Full of Nutritional Goodness - Healthy, Organic, and Living

Kefir! A Probiotic Gem Cultured with Probiotic Jewels: Kefir Grains!

Kefir is prepared by culturing fresh milk, water, or other non-dairy substitutes (with some adjustments) with kefir grains, which are basically clumps of 'friendly bacteria' that have been proven to be very beneficial to the human digestive system.

The end product is a creamy, tangy, refreshing milky beverage that is filled with these 'friendly bacteria'. The fermentation process only takes one to two days at room temperature and does not involve many of the sterilization techniques that go along with many other cultured products, such as yogurt.

Kefir is full of beneficial bacteria and thus can be labelled as a probiotic, which is to say that it contributes, enhances, and stabilizes the micro-organisms of the intestines. Since kefir is cultured mainly using live, active grains in a medium that is thick and coating, and because of the variety of friendly bacteria found within, kefir seems to be a much better probiotic than many of the commercially available dried capsule products. These microbes are part of an essential team of around 400 types of bacteria found in the intestines that assist digestion, extracting various elements that are necessary to maintain human life.

It has also been found that kefir is an effective immune stimulant and antimicrobial against a wide variety of harmful gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Kefir has been used to treat metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, allergic disease, tuberculosis, cancer and other gastrointestinal disorders. It has also been associated with longevity in the peoples of Caucasus where it is thought to have originated.

Kefir also has an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Some of the more prominent of these are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B2, and B12, vitamin K, A and D. An essential amino acid found in kefir called tryptophan has been found to have a relaxing effect on the nervous system.

My milk kefir grains produce abundant amounts of kefiran and unlike most batches available today, the grains shall produce a wonderful kefir in either Goat or Cow's milk.

I obtained these exceptional kefir grains from the Pockets of the Future family from the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia; and their grains came from Dominic Anfiteatro the kefir guru from Austrailia. Here are the links to their very informative websites about kefir!

I will ship two teaspoons of kefir grains in a triple bagged ziploc bag in hormone-free natural whole cow's milk. Treat your body to all of the healthy benefits that kefir can provide; you will feel amazing!

Also, if you purchase one of my hand-painted upcycled decoupage canisters I can send you kefir grains for free! Just send me a message letting me know if you are interested.


Perla Hill said...

I'm in Oklahoma City, I'm originally from Mexico City. My whole life my mother always had kefir grains, in Spanish they are called bulgaros. I'd been searching for them for so long as they are so great for a healthy digestive system. Do you still have some I can pay and order?

Eco-Friendly Freckles said...

Greetings Perla Hill! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Unfortunately, I do not carry kefir grains anymore, but I look forward to doing it again sometime in the future as they are so healthy for you! My sister, husband, and I are hooked but we all are currently not using them. I would suggest that you check out the kefir grains (both water and milk varieties available) from the wonderful little cottage industry shops on Etsy:

...Or if you don't mind ordering internationally, the best source of kefir grains I know of are from the kefir grain master "Dom". You can order grains from his site, and he has lots of fascinating info about kefir (link posted below)...Wishing you the best of luck Perla!