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5 ways kefir can support you and your baby

Whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding, bottle feeding, combination feeding or pumping, your own gut health is important! Here at Chuckling Goat, we’re passionate about supporting your journey in a simple, natural way.

Life with a little one can be busy. So to make things quick and easy, we’ve narrowed it down to just one hero product you need to keep both parent and baby happy and healthy during the early stages – Probiotic Kefir.

Here’s how kefir can help you during feeding and throughout parenthood:

1. Boosts the immune system

Kefir has an immunomodulatory effect on the immune system, which means that it increases the ability of the entire immune system to respond appropriately to threat or invasion.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854945/ Science shows that in the process of boosting the immune system, Kefir will reduce inflammation and promote healing2https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140310111541.htm – perfect for nurturing and nourishing your body, postpartum.

2. Contains lactobacillus

Kefir contains numerous strains of lactobacillus – an important ‘nursemaid bacteria’, beneficial for the immune system and other bodily functions, including the nervous system. Lactobacilli species in the microbiome reduce the risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome,3https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19220890/ help protect from disease4https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22529959/5https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627492/ and suppress the reproduction of harmful, pathogenic bacteria.6https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052788/ It’s also known to soothe gut cramping and abdominal discomfort in babies7https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602193326.htm. Science shows that the infants of breastfeeding mothers, supplementing with a probiotic containing lactobacillus, had more immunoglobulin (Ig)G-secreting cells than those that were breastfed by the placebo group.8https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16126047/ This indicates that little one benefits from the high levels of lactobacillus too.

3. Reduces fatigue, increases energy levels

Your energy levels are regulated by the trillions of live bacteria in your gut microbiome. In fact, interestingly, scientists have linked chronic fatigue to abnormal levels of gut bacteria.9https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426092351.htm So, the science is in; in order to reduce fatigue and boost energy, you need to focus on improving your gut health. Chuckling Goat Probiotic Kefir has been shown to contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue10https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2021.628741/full, so it’s the perfect natural solution to sleepless nights!

4. Fantastic source of nutrients and minerals

A breastfeeding mother’s milk must have the right balance of nutrients in order to effectively nurture her baby’s gut microbiome. Kefir is a great source of nutrients and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B12, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate and enzymes,11https://draxe.com/nutrition/kefir-benefits/ all of which can be passed on to your little one. Furthermore, studies have demonstrated that taking a probiotic supplement, like kefir, helps maximise the positive digestive and immune system effects of breast milk.12https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16126047/

5. Helps prevent the ‘baby blues’

Taking care of your gut bugs = taking care of your mental wellbeing. Because of what’s known as the gut-brain axis, science shows that improving your gut health is one of the safest, most efficient ways of improving your mental wellness.13https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641835/ Kefir can help prevent anxiety and depression, without dangerous chemicals that can leach into breast milk.14https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110829164601.htm

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