Kickstart your immunity with our Winter Immune Support Smoothie. We packed this yummy blended drink with some of our favorite ingredients to keep us feeling our best this winter: ginger, chia, orange, and Lifeway Kefir. About 70% of your immune system is in your gut, and we want to help it do its job. Studies have found that probiotics, like those found in our Lifeway Kefir, may help give your gut the extra support it needs to thrive. Brighten your day and love your body with this refreshing recipe!
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole-fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest probiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.
- 2 tbsp. ginger
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 cups Lemon Whole Milk Kefir
- Blend together all ingredients and enjoy!