Raw milk, Kefir and other dairy products made from cows who graze on green pastures have been proven safe and very healthy. They are now considered a “living food”, or raw food.
Kefir is similar to Raw Milk in concept, but it has a greater variety of friendly flora strains and is gaining popularity among Americans. Kefir is enlivened dairy, which is milk that has been cultured. It is rich in enzymes and probiotic rich flora. This helps keep our guts healthy and prepares our bodies for the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
Raw milk is also becoming more popular because it isn’t pasteurized, so the good bacteria, enzymes, and essential fatty acids (if the cows were grass-fed) are preserved. Raw milk is similar to Kefir in that it’s a “living food”. Healthy immune system is boosted by the Kefir and milk’s life. The immune system can be strengthened, and then it is possible to heal diseases that are caused by a weak immune. Asthma is an example.
Raw milk safety is a concern for some people and agencies. Organic Pastures Raw Milk Dairy, California has not found any pathogens in its milk since over seven years of intensive testing and strict farming practices. New safety techniques are used to enhance safety.
Raw milk production is legal in some states, while it isn’t in others. Because of our past 50 years of farming practices, our soil and food supply are devoid of nutrients and other life-giving properties that we need to sustain our health, there is a growing demand for raw foods and live foods.
Many people find it difficult to believe that any type of dairy can be healing, healthy, or even a living food. Consider this. The grass-fed cow has done more than any human could. The sun and organic grass of a cow fed in sunshine makes a healthy drink that is rich in life-giving properties. This milk can be enriched with culture, fermented and made into a vibrant beverage that is equipped with all the defenses our bodies need to maintain a healthy digestive track.
Kefir is easy to make, and it tastes great! You can make enough kefir to support your digestive system for the entire day by drinking a small amount each morning. It is a good idea to have some grass-fed, raw milk. If not, you can try goats milk.
Susan Teton, holistic chef, advocate, and teacher, has been around for more than 20 years. She is the author of Essential Cuisine DVD Series: A Journey from Seed to Soul.