1 Weird Water For A Healthy Gut

By on August 24, 2013
As the saying goes, breast is best for baby–and a new study published in the journal Environmental Microbiology says its benefits just aren’t great for raising a healthy child.

The study, which examined the benefits of breast milk for newborns, found that it carried bacteria called Bifidobacterium breve and Clostridium, bacteria necessary for good gut health.

“A healthy community of bacteria in the gut of both mother and baby is really important for baby’s gut health and immune system development,” says Christophe Lacroix, a professor and researcher for the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at ETH-Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. “We’re not sure of the route the bacteria take from gut to breast milk but, we have used culture, isolation, sequencing and fingerprinting methods to confirm that they are definitely the same strains.”

Why Good Bacteria Matters (For Both Baby and Adult)

Although in adults gut bacteria may help prevent intestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), in babies they play a more critical role: Helping their maturing intestinal systems develop an immunity to bad bacteria. Doing so could help prevent more serious intestinal problems down the line, promoting optimal health as the child grows.

“A healthy community of bacteria in the gut of both mother and baby is really important for baby’s gut health and immune system development,” says Lacroix.

But if you’re already an adult, it isn’t too late for you to reap the benefits of healthy gut bacteria, say researchers. Chances are you probably aren’t open to drinking human milk, however–so what’s the next best source?

“The benefits of coconut kefir are comprehensive, but, from a high level view, this probiotic beverage is very healing to the digestive system and the liver and creates a strong immune system that is ultimately responsible for your good health,” says Derek Henry, a reporter for Natural News. “In your digestive system, coconut kefir will enhance hydration and recolonize your gut and mucous membranes with healthy strains of beneficial microflora.”

And indeed, kefir water is a superior drink if you lack these important microflora. Containing beneficial yeasts, these agents help destroy bad yeasts in the body, such as candida, a yeast thought to promote disease.

But its biggest benefit is how yeast works inside your intestinal walls. The effect? It acts like a brush, sweeping itself against the intestinal walls to help purify and clean the gut–helping the body become more resistant to dangerous pathogens such as salmonella and E. Coli.

“Since we have ten times more bacteria in our body than cells, creating an optimal environment for bacterial balance is paramount,” says Henry. “Poor bacterial balance can cause blood sugar imbalances, sugar cravings, weight gain, poor immunity, low energy and digestive disturbances. Kefir helps heal all of these problems by restoring balance to the microflora of the body.”

As for the best way to get your fill of kefir water, it’s best to stick with natural health food stores, which often have it in supply. More commercial natural food stores, such as Whole Foods, also carry it, though you’ll pay more to get your hands on it.

Readers: Have you tried kefir water before?

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