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        What is Kefir and why do we love it?

Kefir is a creamy, dairy based food made from the milk of cows or goats and is one of the oldest forms of cultured milk. Often labelled a “Probiotic Drink”, it is similar in taste and consistency to yoghurt, but kefir provides even more health benefits to your dog (and to you).

Typically, one tablespoon of kefir typically contains about 10 strains and 5 billion beneficial bacteria. Wow! Only the best of Probiotic Supplements for dogs even comes close, and it comes to you at a fraction of the price of prepared supplements. We prefer and recommend Goat Kefir. 

If you’re not familiar with the enormous health benefits of probiotics, check this out. Probiotics:

  • Contain a substantial amount of B Complex vitamins, Calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin D, magnesium and phosphorus;
  • Contain typtophan, an essential amino acid;
  • Help prevent illness by building immunity;
  • Contain natural antibiotics and have strong anti-fungal properties;
  • Promote anti-cancer and anti-tumour activity in the body;
  • Promote the faster healing of wounds;
  • assist in the treatment of a variety of intestinal disorders including IBS and constipation
  • can help restore the good bacteria and flora in the gut that is compromised by taking antibiotics

 If you are convinced that Kefir is a good addition to your pooch’s diet, please approach it in the same way you would introducing any new food to the diet – go slow. The probiotics in kefir are highly concentrated so give your dog’s system time to adjust. For the first few days, serve only half of the recommended dosage. This will avoid stomach upset as your dog’s system adjusts to the increased quantity of good flora in their GI tract. You can bring the daily dosage up to the recommended amount over the space of a week or two.

As always, if your dog has a negative reaction to any new food, stop giving it! Though negative reactions to Kefir are rare.

Recommended daily serving of Kefir:

  • Small size dogs – 1 tsp to 1 tbs
  • Medium      size dogs – 1 tbs to 2 tbs
  • Large      dogs – 2 tbs to 3 tbs

For therapeutic dosage, such as following a course of antibiotics, you can double the above once your dog is used to having Kefir in their food.

Kefir and fresh sauerkraut are inexpensive, readily available and are two of the best sources of viable, high quality probiotics - in fact both of these foods contain more strains of bacteria and more probiotics than most supplements.
 
Sauerkraut typically contains 13 strains of bacteria and about 100 times more probiotics than most probiotoc supplements. Kefir typically contains about 10 strains and 5 billion beneficial bacteria. Only the best of Probiotic Supplements for dogs can match these two foods! Your dog gets all of the health benefits at a fraction of the cost of prepared supplements.

 

Kefir

Kefir is a creamy, dairy based food made from the milk of cows or goats, sheep, coconut milk, rice or 1soy. Kefir is one of the oldest forms of cultured milk. Although it is similar to yogurt, kefir provides even more health benefits than yogurt.  


History of Kefir
The use of Kefir dates back about 2000 years. It was developed by shepherds in the Caucasian Mountains. The shepherds carried fresh milk in leather pouches - on occasion the milk would ferment into grains and result in an effervescent beverage. The grains were considered precious. Upon discovery, the people of the mountain learned to culture kefir by talking the kefir grains and mixing them with fresh, raw, cow or goat milk which they left in goatskin leather bags to ferment. 
 
Active Ingredients in Kefir
Fermented milk results in the formulation of ‘gains’ that look like small cauliflower florettes. The kefir grains are made up of casein and gelatinous colonies of friendly (beneficial) bacteria - predominantly Lactic Streptococci, Lactobacillus caucasicus, Leuconnostoc species, Saccharomyces kefir, Torula kefir. In addition the kernels include some yeast. Kefir is the only cultured milk product that has more than three types of beneficial mico-organisms, typically averaging about 10 strains of bacteria.

 
Lactobacilli (genus)
Streptococci/lactococci (genus)
Yeasts
 
Strains…
Lb. acidophilus
Lb. brevis 
Lb. casei ssp.alactosus 
Lb. casei ssp. rhamnosus  
Lb. casei
Lb. cellobiosus 
Lb. delbrueckii ssp. lactis 
Lb. delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus
Lb. fructivorans
Lb. helveticus ssp. lactis 
Lb. hilgardii
Lb. kefir
Lb. lactis
Lb. kefiranofaciens 
Lb. kefirgranum sp. no 
Lb parakefir sp. nov.

Strains…
Lc. lactis ssp. lactis 
Lc. lactis var. diacetylactis 
Lc. lactis ssp. cremoris 
S.  lactis
S.  salivarius ssp. thermophilus 
Enterococcus durans 
Leuconostoc cremoris 
L. mesenteroides
 
Candida kefir 
C. pseudotropicalis
K. bulgaricus  
K. fragilis / marxianus Kluyveromyces lactis 
Kluyveromyces marxianus var. marxianus 
Saccharomyces ssp.
Torulopsis holmii

Benefits of Kefir
Typically one tablespoon of kefir contains 5 billion beneficial bacteria. As a rich and concentrated source of beneficial bacteria the probiotics found in Kefir contribute to health in a wide variety of ways:

  • Contains a substantial amount of B Complex vitamins, Calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus;
  • Contains tyrptophan, and essential amino acid;
  • Helps prevents illness;
  • Is easily digestible;
  • Is excellent for the immune system;
  • Natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties;
  • Promotes anti-cancer and anti-tumour activity in the body;
  • Promotes the faster healing of wounds;
 
Caution
Sugar and artificial sweeteners are not good for dogs or cats so make sure you purchase plain, natural kefir.
 
How to Introduce Kefir to Your Dog’s Diet
As with any new foodstuff that you introduce to your dog’s and cat's diet you should go slow. The probiotics in kefir are highly concentrated so give your dog’s and cat's system time to adjust. For the first few days to a week cut the recommended dosage in half. This will avoid stomach upset as your dog’s and cat's system adjusts to the increased quantity of good flora in their GI tract. You can bring the daily dosage up to the recommended amount over the space of a few days to a week or two. If your dog has a negative reaction to the new food stop providing the food to your dog. All of my dogs get kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt on a daily basis. None of my 10 dogs have ever had a negative reaction to any of these food stuffs.
 
Recommended Daily Intake of Kefir or Yogurt
  • Yogurt
    • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs 
    • Medium size dogs - 1/8 cup
    • Large dogs - 1/3 cup
    • Extra large dogs - 1/2 cup
  • Kefir
    • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs 
    • Medium size dogs - 1 tbs to 2 tbs
    • Large dogs - 2 tbs to 3 tbs 
    • Extra large dogs - 4 tbs to 6 tbs

You can increase (either a little or by doubling) the daily intake noted above if you wish to increase the amount of probiotics ingested by your dog and cat on a daily basis. Just make sure to increase gradually over the space of days or weeks.

You are able to give your dog kefir grains to help with worms

And the ideal part, there are dairy and dairy totally free decisions out there.

I will shut with a listing of claims as to some of the prospective wellbeing benefits of kefir past that of probiotics…

Kefir is said to aid in cleansing the intestines and to deliver vitamins, minerals and finish proteins. It is normally referred to as “a balanced and nourishing food” and is claimed to contribute to a healthy immune system. It has been integrated into healing protocols to attempt to assist these suffering from AIDS, persistent exhaustion syndrome, herpes, and cancer. It boasts a tranquilizing influence on the nervous procedure which can probably advantage people who suffer from depression, rest problems as effectively as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Kefir, when applied on a ordinary foundation, might help promote healthy and normal bowel motion, lower flatulence and build an all round healthier digestive process.

I recently received Kefir from my brother and his wife who has been taking it for over a month. He desired the rest of the relatives to try out it, too. Why would he want us to try it?

H2o Kefir (what I received) looks like a crystal with a jelly-like texture. I was informed that it is very good to drink it’s drinking water or try to eat it as is. I tried some Kefir grains, and it was tasteless.

Kefir is a bacteria that eats sugar, and is very good to have just after consuming substantial sugar food items. I had to do some research, and uncovered out that Kefir was advisable in The 17 Day Diet regime, which has been widely received by millions of folks. So, It need to be beneficial.

There are two kinds of Kefir: Drinking water Kefir and Milk Kefir. Drinking water Kefir can flavor carbonated and bubbly, and be modified in many ways. Milk Kefir is sour and can be utilized like yogurt. Kefir is a probiotic. It really is a balanced yeast & bacteria combo which helps the body digest meals and extract calories. There are lots of well being positive aspects associated with owning an enhanced supply of healthful bacteria. Excellent for digestive and intestinal wellness. Other varieties of probiotics are yogurt, miso, and tempeth.

What’s great about Kefir is that it is a probiotic that you can manufacture your self, as very long as you take care of it. Kefir is a residing organism, so you need to be mindful not to kill it. If you do elements right, your Kefir will very last a prolonged time, and you will have a lot a lot more that will increase from the initial batch.

One particular of the factors you have to have to be cautious of is to not use metal utensils or bowls with the Kefir. Very best to use plastic or glass. Also, don’t use chlorinated water or filtered or distilled h2o, as they do not have the minerals that the Kefir requires. If you do use filtered drinking water, you need to add minerals back by adding much more elements (molasses, egg shell, baking soda, unrefined sugar).

Plain, Natural Yogurt and Kefir…
 

 

Health Benefits
  • A very good source of probiotocs
  • An excellent source of calcium, iodine and vitamin D;
  • An aid infighting periodontal disease;
  • Can help protect your dog from illness when your dog or cat is on a course of antibiotics;
    • Antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract), leaving the immune system suppressed.  Probiotics re-populate the god bacteria;
  • Recent findings by researchers at UCLA have confirmed that the presence of good bacteria in the GI Tract are important for proper brain function. UCLA decided to test this theory on humans as previous research on non-human animals had shown linked changes in gut flora to changes in affective behaviours. 
  • Good source heart healthy omega fatty-acits
  • Helps prevent parasite infestation and related diseases;
  • Typically one tablespoon of kefir contains 5 billion beneficial bacteria. As a rich and concentrated source of beneficial bacteria the probiotics found in Kefir contribute to health in a wide variety of ways:
    • Contains a substantial amount of B Complex vitamins, Calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus;
    • Contains tryptophan, and essential amino acid;
    • Helps prevents illness;
    • Is easily digestible;
    • Is excellent for the immune system;
    • Natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties;
    • Promotes anti-cancer and anti-tumour activity in the body;
    • Promotes the faster healing of wounds 


  

How to Choose a Good Yogurt or Kefir Product
  • What you do want in the yogurt…
    • Bacterial cultures i.e. 
      • Bifdobacterium lactis; 
      • Lactobacillus acidophilus;
      • Lactobaciullis casei;
      • By the way, you may notice that some dry dog food contains these and other bacteria. Unfortunately probiotic organisms (good bacteria) found in commercial dry dog food is not viable (live and active). These organisms cannot survive the processing and heat that is used to cook and then form the kibble. The inclusion of probiotics in dry dog food is just a sales gimmick which does not deliver any actual value to your dog’s diet.
    • Cream, and/or;
    • Milk or partially skimmed milk;
    • Milk protein concentrate;
  • That’s it! Nothing more. Don’t bother paying more for yogurt that has ‘added probiotics’, as this is another gimmick and scam. A good quality yogurt and kefir (like the one in the picture) naturally generally have more probiotics than those that advertise  ‘added probiotics’.

 


  

What you don’t want in the yogurt or kefir…
  • Agar-Agar;
  • Artificial food colours;
  • Artificial sweetners;
  • Carageenan;
  • Corn Starch;
  • Gallan Gum;
  • Gelatine;
  • Tapioca;
  • Lecithin;
  • Modified Corn Starch;
  • Modified Rice Starch;
  • Potassium Sorbate;
  • Sugar;
  • Etc.
Recommended Daily Intake of Kefir or Yogurt
  • Yogurt
    • Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs 
    • Medium size dogs - 1/8 cup
    • Large dogs - 1/3 cup

 

As with any new foodstuff that you introduce to your dog’s diet you should go slow. The probiotics in kefir are highly concentrated so give your dog’s system time to adjust. For the first few days to a week cut the recommended dosage in half. This will avoid stomach upset as your dog’s system adjusts to the increased quantity of good flora in their GI tract. You can bring the daily dosage up to the recommended amount over the space of a few days to a week or two. 

Cheese 
 
 
 

 

Natural Cheese
  • Natural cheese, like Kefir is a fermented dairy product;
  • Natural cheese requires very few ingredients:
    • Milk;
    • Salt (supports ripening and preservation, also critical to achieve desired taste);
    • Rennet (an enzyme), and;
    • A starter culture (the making of yogurt and kefir also require a starter culture). 
Processed cheese food (cheese slices, cheese spray, squeeze cheese from a tube/bottle):
  • Is not good for your dog.
  • Processed Cheese Food is an-over processed ‘food’ that is made from pasteurized dairy and non-dairy ingredients it does not have the same health benefits of real cheese and includes additives that are not good for your dog – i.e. artificial food colour.

Health Benefits
 
Built-in Synergy
  • Cheese contains Calcium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 – in order for these vitamins to provide the maximum benefit to the body all three need to be consumed together for efficacy.
pH Balance for Oral Health
  • Eating cheese in an aid in fighting periodontal disease;
    • Eating cheese drops the pH level in the mouth;
    • Lower pH levels help fight plaque, protects tooth enamel and erosion of teeth;
    • Cheddar cheese  contains the highest levels of alkali making it the best cheese for attaining better pH levels in the oral cavity.
Vitamin K2
  • Cheese is a very good source of vitamin K2;
  • Vitamin K2 is important for heart, brain, bones and more;
  • Calcium is beneficial for bones and blood but it is not beneficial when deposited in the arteries and muscles – vitamin K2 controls where calcium goes or does not go in the body;
  • Fights cancer,
  • Protects nerve cells from oxidative stress;
  • Slows progression of conditions such as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome – CDS (also known as Senile or Old Dog Syndrome – the canine version of Alzheimer’s disease);
  • Promotes the maintenance of healthy bone density;
  • To ensure the best bioavailability (absorption rate) K2 is best combined with fat – a combination that naturally occurs in cheese;
Calcium
  • Cheese is an excellent source of calcium;
  • The calcium in cheese helps to support oral health in dogs, along with bone and blood health;
Protein
  • Cheese is a good source of high quality protein and important amino acids;
  • Cheese is a source of good fats;
  • Dogs need high quality saturated fats (Omega-6 fatty acids) and Omega-3 fatty acids;
  • Required to support skin, coat, ligaments, heart, optimal brain function, and more.
Essential Minerals 
  • Such as phosphorus and zinc.
Essential vitamins (in addition to calcium)
  • Such as A, B2 (riboflavin), B12, and D.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • CLA is a metabolism booster – helps to prevent weight gain and treat obesity;
  • A powerful cancer inhibitor/fighter;
  • Helps to limit allergic reactions to foods;
  • Promotes health of the circulatory system.

Choosing a Good Cheese For Your Dog or Cat
 
The following cheeses are good choices:
  • Soft Cheese:
    • Cottage Cheese;
  • Harder Cheese:
    • Cheddar cheese;
    • Colby cheese ;
    • Edam cheese ;
    • Gouda cheese;
    • Hard goat cheese;
    • Mozzarella cheese;
    • Swiss cheese.
Cheese made from the milk of pasture-fed cows (goats, etc.) v.s. grain-feed animals:
  • Has about five (5) times the CLA found in cheese made from grain-fed animals;