Listen to Your Gut

June 4, 2015 by Rachel Jenkins

Listen up, ladies (and fellas)! If you're anything like me, then you want to lose weight and lighten up around the middle. If you're like me than you also wait until it's time to come out of hibernation and pack away the bulky sweaters before you start thinking about trimming your waistline. What's a girl to do? Obviously, I jumped online and searched "flat tummy tricks." While doing my research, one thing I noticed was that many articles mentioned adding kefir to your diet. 

Here's what I found: kefir is a smoothie-like drink which contains lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk that causes stomach issues for some people. Researchers found that drinking kefir can reduce bloating and gas brought on by lactose consumption by a whopping 70%! Men’s Health magazine even touted kefir as one of the six essential flat tummy foods. Ummm, you had me at 'flat tummy.'

My research then took me to the grocery store, where I fell in love with Lifeway Lowfat Kefir (chocolate and strawberry are my favorite). Wow! This stuff is delicious. And there are so many varieties and flavors to choose from. Lifeway Kefir is low in fat and calories, naturally gluten free, 99% lactose free and has 12 live and active probiotics. Kefir also contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), a popular ingredient in skin care products. An 8oz serving of Lifeway lowfat kefir contains 11g of natural protein and provides roughly 1/3 of your daily calcium needs. What's not to love? Find your favorite and chose from Lowfat Kefir, Organic Kefir, ProBugs (for your little bugs), Frozen Kefir, Bio Kefir, and Kefir Cheese. 

I've found my new summer fling!