by Kimberly Hartke
I first learned about Kefir when I was helping my father fight his cancer with dietary changes. I learned that fermented fresh (raw) milk was a potent healer. It builds the immune system, heals the gut, and competes and wins residency in your digestive tract away from “bad bacteria” that may be proliferating there. Unlike yogurt, Kefir is capable of seeding itself inside you, colonizing and building a community of good bacteria.
This must be what enables people in cultures who drink it daily to live beyond 100 years of age! They are cultivating all the right friends inside!
My Daddy loved the goat milk kefir shakes I made for him. His favorite was the mocha shake made with organic cocoa powder and Dandy Blend (a coffee subsitute made with dandelion). When you are fighting cancer, it is nice to know that a frothy milkshake is healthful!
The book The Milk Cure was written over 100 years ago by a medical doctor who had great experiences using farm fresh milk to cure disease. It was updated and republished by a modern family, who say that while raw milk itself is very therapeutic for healing, fermented raw milk is even more powerful. The original Milk Cure called for total bed rest, lots of fresh air and a 100% raw milk diet, up to 6 quarts a day.
This modern family found they could get the same healing benefits using kefir and keeping up with their active lifestyle. No bedrest required!
So take a dose of this good medicine to get the most out of your day, and keep the doctors at bay!
See this Resources page to find kefir starters.
Strawberry Kefir Shake
2 cups Kefir made from raw milk
1 cup fresh local strawberries (washed and stemmed)
1 TBL local raw honey
Put ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Pour into a glass and serve.
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Kimberly Hartke is a food blogger and wellness advocate, she blogs about raw milk, home cooking and food politics at hartkeisonline.com.