Kefir and its benefits for pregnant women and women.
Kefir, the most beneficial health drink of all time is a gift from nature and not a product of lab experiments or chemical processes. Some say it is a gift from God and go so far to say that God fed Moses and the Israelites with some kind of kefir in the form of manna.
Since kefir is organic and all-natural, it is no surprise that it has no known side effects and is perfectly safe to be consumed by pregnant and lactating women.
In fact, experts in women’s health recommend pregnant women to take kefir, not just once but regularly.
According to Alyson Lippman, Registered Nutritionist, pregnant women can drink kefir to prevent the overgrowth of a bacterium called Group B Beta Strep.
Other than the bacterium Strep, yeast infection is also a concern of pregnant women. Such infection can begin in the breasts and could easily be passed to the child as the mother nurses her newborn. If the mother is regularly taking in probiotics, that would reduce the risk considerably.
Another women’s health specialist, Valerie Early, who is a also registered dietitian and pharmacy technician, focuses on providing hormonal balance through medical nutrition therapy. The expert dietician tells her clients to take a cup of kefir a day to help protect them from yeast infection, discharge and any vaginal discomfort, especially to women who are over 40 years old.
The National Kefir Association (US) not only declares kefir as safe for women but also recommends it.
NKA declares, “Pregnant and nursing women are advised to drink kefir in order to absorb essential nutrients, increase immunity and aid the body’s adjustment to hormonal changes. But hormonal imbalances cause problems for women at all life stages, often in the form of irritating and even life threatening infections, such as yeast overgrowth, caused by depletion of good bacteria. Fortunately probiotic-filled Kefir can help prevent and even treat many such infections.”