Diversity is good for you
Your microbiome is the community of billions of microbes that live in your gut. The microbes help digest the food we eat and are key to many aspects of human health, including our immunity and metabolism.
Why is your microbiome so important for gut health?
One of the most important things you can do to improve gut health is to consume a high diversity of healthy gut-friendly bacteria every day.
The more diverse the gut bacteria, the better able they are at supporting healthy functions such as digestion, absorbing nutrients and regulating our immune system.
The way we get the diversity of strains of bacteria is by eating lot of plant foods, as well as eating probiotic-rich foods every day, such as Vaalia Probiotic Kefir yoghurt.
Each person’s microbiome is unique. We are all exposed to different factors that shape the microbes that live in our gut. We all live in different environments, have different interactions and enjoy different diets.
Research says a rich, diverse community of gut microbes is generally a good indicator of a healthy gut(1). A great way to boost diversity is to consume a variety of beneficial bacterial strains.
A healthy gut is linked with several benefits(4), including:
Breaking down the food we eat and absorbing nutrients from these foods
Helping all the cells in our bodies function properly to manage weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
Which protects against bad bacteria that can cause illness
Which is your body’s ability to fight illness
Helping to manage bloating
So what is Kefir ?
Traditional kefir (said “keh-fear”) is made by fermenting milk with kefir grains, which are small gelatinous beads containing a variety of bacteria and yeast strains.
Originating in the Caucasus region, kefir has been enjoyed for thousands of years as a nutritious fermented food.
Kefir’s diverse blend and number of probiotic cultures are what sets it apart. It helps provide a natural synergy of many different strains of bacteria, all working together to boost the good bugs and suppress the pathogens inside your system.(2,3)
Traditional kefir can be tart and tangy. The texture can be lumpy and slightly fizzy due to the fermentation process.
Vaalia’s Probiotic Kefir
Vaalia Probiotic Kefir is an all-natural creamy yoghurt made with kefir cultures. Giving you billions of diverse gut-friendly bacteria, including probiotics proven to boost digestion and immunity*.
Natural Benefits of Vaalia Probiotic Kefir
Vaalia’s Probiotic Kefir range contains 14 active strains of gut-friendly bacteria:
Bifidobacterium lactis (including BB-12)
Lactobacillus acidophilus (including LA-05)
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (including LGG)
Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis
*As part of a varied and healthy diet, LGG® probiotic in Vaalia yoghurt at a daily intake of at least 1 billion colony forming units (cfu) each, can strengthen the immune system in the general population. BB-12® probiotic in Vaalia yoghurt of a daily intake of at least 1 billion cfu, can improve bowel function in the general adult population; also with dietary fibre for regularity.
1 ‘Role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and health’, BMJ 2018;361:k2179. https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2179.full
2 Microbiological, technological and therapeutic properties of kefir: a natural probiotic beverage. Braz J Microbiol. 2013; 44(2): 341–349. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3833126/
3 McFarland LV. Use of probiotics to correct dysbiosis of normal microbiota following disease or disruptive events: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2014 Aug 25;4(8):e005047. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005047. PMID: 25157183; PMCID: PMC4156804. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25157183/
4 Kefir and the link with Gut Health. https://biotifulguthealth.com/health-benefits/kefir-and-the-link-with-gut-health/