On February 1, 2017, the BBC2 show Trust Me I’m a Doctor aired a ground-breaking experiment on probiotic foods. They found that kefir, a traditional fermented milk drink from Eastern Europe, had the most powerful and statistically significant effect on the gut.
So how can you put this powerful ancient remedy to work for you and your family?
On our family farm in Wales, Chuckling Goat, we’ve been making kefir in the traditional style, with goats milk and real grains, since 2011. We’ve collaborated with Aberystwyth University on cutting-edge kefir research, and coached thousands of clients around as they incorporate kefir into their daily lives. We’ve also have studied the dietary habits that can enhance the beneficial effects of kefir inside the gut.
The science that we discovered along the way resulted in my upcoming book, Kefirise: Natural Healing for IBS, Anxiety and Depression. This book is a how-to manual describing the ways that you can use kefir, as well as specific dietary and lifestyle tips, to help your gut, mood and energy levels.
What’s the secret?
Quite simply, this works because of something called the gut-brain axis. 90% of your body’s serotonin is made inside the gut, by your gut bugs. When your gut bugs are disrupted by the 4 Horsemen of the Gut Apocalypse – antibiotics, sugar, stress and environmental toxins – your gut is unable to produce the correct amount of serotonin. Too little serotonin, and you experience depression. Too much serotonin, and you experience anxiety. And the wrong amounts of serotonin – which controls the muscular contractions and digestive processes of your gut itself – will also creates the painful sensations of IBS.
This is why IBS is nearly always associated with either depression or anxiety – because your microbiome is in dysbiosis. Kefirising (which means drinking kefir, as well as adjusting your diet and lifestyle to maximise the benefits of the kefir inside your system) works to put the good gut bugs back into your system, as well as healing the lining of your gut. This powerful natural protocol resolves IBS, depression and anxiety.
Kefirising is all-natural, chemical-free, and safe for people of any age. It also comes along with a host of other benefits, like natural weight loss and improved skin condition and appearance.
How do we know it works? Because thousands of people all over the world have tried it and told us so.
“Just completed the Kefirising. I just had to write to say I am feeling the best I have in such a long time. I have food intolerances and suffer from IBS. Not only has it helped with this but also the depression and foggy head that comes along side having a bad gut flora. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I will certainly follow up and do the course again seasonally. I will definitely be recommending to my friends. Can’t thank you enough, such a life changer! X
What’s the connection to skin?
When we started working with kefir on the farm, we were using it to resolve severe skin conditions that the doctors were unable to resolve. This work resulted in my #1 Amazon best seller The Good Skin Solution: Natural Healing for Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosales and Acne. Here’s what the doctors won’t tell you about eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne: these conditions are not actually skin conditions at all! They are autoimmune disorders, that sit inside the gut. This is why steroid creams alone will never permanently clear these conditions. Your skin is really just a map of what’s going on inside your gut. You must heal the gut, in order to heal the skin.
Kefir can help to do that, by re-populating the good bacteria inside your gut. Like any fragile natural ecosystem, your gut microbiome is constantly being assaulted by hazards like antibiotics, sugar, stress and environmental toxins. The good bugs inside your gut biome get killed off, and the damage maps onto your skin.
Kefir works by putting the good bugs back back into your microbiome, like replanting a neglected garden that has become overgrown with weeds. But drinking kefir alone is not enough. You also need to apply kefir to the skin, in order to topically re-populate the good bacteria on the skin biome.
Your gut and your skin are connected, because they are both barrier sites of your immune system. Logically enough, your body has located your immune system in all the places where the inside of your body touches the outside: skin, gut, sinuses and lungs.
So your skin is really the first defensive line of your immune system. Your skin may look solid, but it actually consists of trillions of bacteria whose job it is to fight off pathogens and allergens that are trying to get through your skin barrier.
When you use chemical soaps or lotions on your skin, you kill off all the bugs, both bad and good. And once the good bugs are gone, there’s nothing to keep the bad bugs in your skin biome from spreading and taking over.
Applying kefir skincare every day helps to protect your skin biome by pre-emptively putting good bugs into the biome, to keep the bad bugs under control and help strengthen your immune system’s first line of defense.