Friday, March 4, 2011

Healing Properties of Kefir (K-Z)

Kidneys
Lactose Intolerance
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Liver
Lungs
Maintenance functions
Medications
Metabolism
Metastasis
Migraines
Minerals and Amino Acids
Nervous System
Osteoporosis
Pancreas
Parodontosis Cures
Pathogenic Microorganisms
Pharmaceuticals
Pneumonia
Prostate
Psoriasis and eczema
Restores Healthy Microflora
Salts
Sclerosis
Sleep Disorders
Stamina
Stress
Tuberculosis
Tumors
Ulcers
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaginitis (Inflammation of the Vagina)
Vitamins
Weight Loss
Wrinkles
Yeast Infection

Kidneys
According to a paper located HERE, recommendations include consuming 1 litre a day while maintaining a strict diet will improve kidney function.

The kidneys of a healthy individual can be maintained with the help of B vitamins. B vitamins are ever present in kefir and are easily digested as such. Regular consumption of kefir may help to regulate normal kidney function in those without kidney disease.

In a study found HERE, current sufferers of kidney disease were given single daily tablet containing 2.5 milligrams of folic acid, 25 milligrams of vitamin B6, and 1 milligram of vitamin B12, or a placebo (inactive) tablet. After 6 month follow up visits over a 3 year period some evidence shows that the B vitamins provided to those with failing kidneys were successful in lowering homocysteine levels in their body. However, those who were given the additional B vitamins also showed a lower GFR, which indicated healthy kidney function. They had twice the rate of heart attack, stroke, and other deaths at the end of the follow-up period. This was caused by a failing kidneys inability to excrete these water soluble vitamins through urine. Although the form of B vitamins in the study are not at all from Kefir, those with a failing kidney (One not eliminating properly) should be cautious when consuming large amounts of these otherwise healthy vitamins.
http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Blog/Diane-Fennell/study-links-high-dose-b-vitamins-with-kidney-decline/

Some people claim that dairy products may increase your risk of developing kidney stones. According to this site, the author answers a few questions by a reader. The authors views are as follows concerning kidney stones and kefir. Its stated that to date there is no evidence that consuming dairy will cause kidney stones or that eliminating it will deter them. There are a number of causes for kidney stones and each case may be person specific. Regardless of a milk being raw or pasteurized, the calcium and phosphorus content are the same. The protein content in both cases breaks down into uric acid. As each individual is unique as are kidney stone causes, if one is prone to such an event, they should discuss this with a health professional. The author goes on to point out that there is no correlation to kefir and kidney stones, so avoiding kefir will not prevent them. On the other hand, kefir builds up micro flora in the body increasing vitamin K, which is known for strengthening blood vessels in the body. The kidneys included!
http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1711555
Try consuming a Kefir + Nutmeg Infusion for it's powerful detox properties and ability to dissolve kidney stones
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Lactose Intolerance
http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/kefir.htm
"The researchers asked 15 adults to consume five separate test foods: 2 percent milk; plain kefir; raspberry-flavored kefir; plain yogurt; and raspberry-flavored yogurt. Each food was eaten after a 12-hour fast and followed up by a series of breath hydrogen tests every hour for eight hours. Participants were asked to record any symptoms of lactose intolerance for eight hours after eating each food. 
Past studies by other scientists have shown that eating fermented dairy products, such as yogurt, improves lactose digestion. Participants in the current study reported having little or no symptoms associated with lactose intolerance after eating both types of yogurt and kefir. Flatulence was the most-reported symptom. Drinking kefir reduced flatulence frequency by more than half, compared to milk.
Breath hydrogen levels were also significantly lower after consuming the plain and flavored kefir than after drinking milk. Flatulence is the biggest complaint among lactose-intolerant people, Hertzler said, and breath hydrogen is indicative of excessive gas in the digestive tract.

“Both kefir and yogurt improve lactose digestion simply because some of the bacterial cells give up their lives in the intestinal tract, release their enzymes and digest the lactose,” Hertzler said. “It’s a one-shot deal. However, kefir has additional microorganisms that may be able to colonize the intestines and benefit health further by protecting the intestine against disease-causing bacteria.”


Liver
According to a paper located HERE, recommendations include consuming 1 litre daily.  The patient enjoys restful sleep without medication.

Nervous System
According to a paper located HERE, recommendations include consuming 1 litre of kefir daily with a meal.  In severe cases, sleeplessness disappears without the use of medication.  appetite returns and depression disappears.

Sclerosis
According to a paper located HERE, recommendations include consuming 1/2 a litre daily of kefir.  The most severe sclerosis improves remarkably and does not return.

Stress
Try consuming a Kefir + Nutmeg Infusion to stimulate the brain, relieve stress levels and promote dreaming

Ulcers
According to a paper located HERE, recommendations include consuming 1 litre a day so long as the illness dictates.  In recorded cases, ulcers have disappeared within 2 months time.

Yeast Infection
Try consuming a Kefir + Cinnamon Infusion to stop precription resistant yeast infections.

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