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Kefir – The New Superfood?
Recently, I was talking with a client whose dog was experiencing a number of digestive issues and dealing with depression. I suggested adding Kefir into the dog’s diet. She had no clue what it was, but tried it and the dog responded within a week.
Kefir is a cultured milk product that is made from Kefir grains (yeast and bacteria). It can be found in the grocery store or you can make your own using Kefir grains which are available in most health food stores.
It is very high in Probiotics, containing many more varieties and up to three times the amount of yoghurt. Kefir is extremely digestible and can generally be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant. Probiotics are important to maintain and improve both the digestive system and the immune system.
One serving of Kefir can provide up to 20% of your daily calcium requirements, which is important for bone health. Kefir also contains tryptophan which is an amino acid responsible for feeling relaxed. It is a high source of proteins and B vitamins that help have a calming effect on the nervous system. Kefir works synergistically to improve digestion, strengthen the immune system and decrease depression like symptoms. It can also be used topically by mixing the Kefir cream with lavender oil to help with skin irritations…
Like any new food, you will need to introduce it gradually into your pet’s diet. The probiotics are so concentrated that you will need to start slow. For smaller pets, start at 1/2 tsp and work your way up to 1 tbsp. For larger pets you can start at 1 tbsp and go up to as much as ½ cup a day. You’ll be amazed by the results!
About the Author
Corry Hamilton is the owner of Taking The Lead (www.takingthelead.ca) — a pet care business that focuses on pet nutrition and well-being. Like many entrepreneurs, her journey towards creating a business of her own wasn't a straight path, but she believes that no matter what life throws at you, you can always pick yourself up and move on. You never know where it may take you and make all your dreams come true. You can check out what Corry is up to on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TakingTheLead.CorryHamilton and Twitter: https://twitter.com/TakingTheLead07