How Drinking Kefir Can Help Diabetics
(Research Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4078018/)
Diabetes is a clinical condition where your body fails to control the amount of blood sugar (glucose). Typically, the body autonomously regulates blood glucose levels with the help of the hormone insulin. Insulin transfers glucose from the blood into the cells for use in the production of energy.
Diabetics have high blood glucose levels because of low insulin production (diabetes type 1), or their bodies cannot efficiently use the insulin produced (diabetes type 2). Spikes in blood sugars, if not addressed, can turn fatal. Normal blood glucose levels are between 1.4 mmol/L and 6.2 mmol/L but, people with diabetes have more than that.
Types of diabetes
Two primary types of clinically diagnosed diabetes exist; Diabetes Type I and Diabetes Type II, however, a third type exists called gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. It is brought about by hormonal changes and poor insulin production; this type often goes away once the baby is born and normal insulin levels are restored.
Kefir and Diabetes
Kefir is a highly nutritious fermented drink produced from kefir grains that can be prepared with milk or without. Milk kefir, in addition to providing a probiotic blend of beneficial microbes and micronutrients (essential minerals and vitamins), also provides protein. Water kefir also provides the same nutrient composition save for the protein as it lacks milk.
Kefir drinks are beneficial to the body physiology. Kefir drinks promote gut microbes and aids in the cellular absorption of blood sugar.
When it comes to managing diabetes, Kefir drinks have a low to moderate glycemic index, and this implies that it helps control blood sugars. Furthermore, the lactic acid produced during fermentation lowers the pH of blood. This acidity favors glucose entry into the cells from the blood.
Kefir drinks can be a substitute for lemon, vinegar or other acidic foods recommended to for diabetics.
Milk Kefir also provides digestible protein (casein) that is not meat-based which maintains body cholesterol levels, preventing cardiovascular diseases. Cholesterol levels in diabetics, need to be maintained to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Finally, water kefir or coconut water kefir is a healthy substitute for dairy based milk kefir. People with diabetes can enjoy a soda-like coconut water kefir drink (Limca taste & fizz when chilled) without the fear of raising their sugar levels. Even the natural sugar (glucose) present in coconut water is also consumed by the good bacterias in the fermentation process, leaves behind power house of probiotic elements, natural minerals, and useful enzymes without sugar.
Gut microbes and Probiotics Significant Benefits in Diabetics
Research published in the Nutritional Journal shows the relationship between gut microbiota, probiotics, and diabetes and it concluded that gut microbes are responsible for maintaining immune processes, which is essential to diabetics. Probiotics from kefir ensure the number of these bacteria remain optimal.
Moreover, probiotics in kefir have a significant effect on blood glucose reduction of glucose, regulation of insulin levels and reducing insulin resistance in diabetics. Therefore, from the research, kefir probiotics may be employed as a dietary supplement in reducing glucose metabolic factors associated with diabetes.
Drinking kefir can be useful in diabetes management. It can be seen as a form of therapy, from the above physiological benefits, to reverse the condition.
Research Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4078018/ (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)
Author of this article : Bryan S