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What Is Kefir And What Does It Do For You?

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Margaux J. Rathbun

A FitPerez reader was recently shopping when they came across kefir, a nutritional beverage they didn't know much about, so they wrote to certified nutritional therapy practitioner, Margaux J. Rathbun and asked:

"Hi Margaux! When I was at the grocery store, I saw a ton of different types of kefir. I had never heard of this beverage before so I went home and researched its health benefits. Sounds pretty good to me! Is this something that I should be including into my child’s diet? Thank you!"

Margaux responded:

"Absolutely! Kefir is a great way to incorporate probiotics (also known as friendly bacteria) into your child’s diet. These friendly bugs are important for not only promoting a healthy digestive system but for keeping your child well from infections, asthma, and colds.

It has all of the protein and calcium benefits of milk but is much easier for to digest, which makes it a good option for children who are lactose intolerant. Kefir is a good beverage to drink in the morning as it gives us a natural boost of energy. Add some to your morning smoothies full of fruit and leafy greens.

You can even purchase kefir in small bottles that fit perfectly into your child’s lunch box. Pick some kefir up at the store today!"

For more nutrition tips, check out Margaux's website and write Tips@FitPerez.com with any questions for her!

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