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FAQ

• How long does Ygieia Kefir stay fresh after opening?
If you have not added anything such as water or juice it can withstand in the refrigerator as long as the expiration date

• What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that may provide health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. The benefits of these good bacteria may include supporting immunity and a healthy digestive system.

• Are Ygieia Kefir products gluten-free?
All YGIEIA Kefir products are naturally gluten-free

• Do Ygieia Kefir products contain peanuts or tree nuts ?
All products produced in our facilities are peanut and tree nut free

• Why should I add probiotics to my diet?
The bacteria in the digestive system are important to health and are easily thrown out of balance by everyday stress. Factors that can also offset this balance include antibiotics, infections, alcohol consumption, chronic diarrhea and travel. Consuming highly processed foods or not consuming enough fiber can also negatively impact this balance. Probiotics are an easy way to help combat these factors and may help keep your digestive system regulated.

• How much Ygieia Kefir should I drink each day?
It’s entirely up to you, but we recommend consuming one to two servings of kefir each day for maximum probiotic health. Everyone reacts differently to kefir, so play around with your serving and see what works for you. It’s not quantity as much as quality that matters.

• How do probiotics work?
Imagine the path that food takes through the digestive system. Food is passed through the mouth, enters the very acidic stomach and goes into the small intestine where the breakdown of bacteria continues. It is in these last two digestive processes that most bacteria is found. Depending on the balance of “good” and “bad” strains, bacteria can stay in the intestines for quite some time, taking up a significant amount of intestinal wall room and growing surpluses of harmful pathogens like Candida (an overgrowing of yeast). Each time you consume probiotics, like kefir, they compete for this space and push the harmful bacteria out.

• How can I identify a probiotic?
A probiotic is simply a strain of bacteria that is beneficial for health. For a probiotic food to be effective, the bacteria must be live and active at the point of consumption. Some foods that are labeled as probiotic contain very few live bacteria.

• What can I expect when I try Ygieia Kefir?
Ygieia Kefir is similar to drinkable yogurt in texture and is delightfully tart and tangy. Kefir affects individuals differently, but in general you can look forward to improved digestion, increased immunity and replenished gut flora. Ygieia Kefir may also help regulate bowel movements.

• Why does kefir taste different from bottle to bottle?
Ygieia Kefir is a live and active product that varies in taste, texture, viscosity and level of fizz from bottle to bottle and batch to batch. We don’t add any chemical stabilizers or additives to our kefir, which is why there are natural variations. If you purchase a bottle of kefir that is more tart, sour or fizzy than you’re used to, this does not mean the kefir is bad; it’s simply a characteristic of the active cultures. Kefir actually produces a variety of antimicrobial and anti-pathogenic compounds that prevents spoilage. Finally, the thickness of the kefir can vary depending on temperature and season especially for goat’s milk. This once again occurs because we strive to keep our kefir as natural as possible. At the same time, lumps may form due to the culturing process and are a natural characteristic of kefir that is not dissolved with water.

• Where can I find Ygieia Kefir products?
Kefir ygieia can be found in supermarkets, health food stores, bakeries. If you can’t find it at your local store, ask your grocer to carry it, and we will be sure to supply it!

• Can I give Ygieia Kefir to my child?
Yes! From first year. Ygieia Kefir is gluten-free and at large percentage lactose-free, so it’s gentle on kids’ tummies. Plus, published research shows that drinking kefir may support immunity and digestive systems in young children.

• Can I give kefir to my dog or cat?
All dogs and cats really love kefir and can easily be added to their meals

• Can I freeze my drinkable kefir? Will the probiotics survive?
Freezing drinkable kefir can be tricky, but it can be done! We don’t recommend putting drinkable kefir in the freezer while in the bottle, as this will cause the liquids and solids to separate. The kefir may lose its creamy consistency once thawed. The probiotic cultures in kefir are dormant while frozen. When it is consumed, the probiotics resume activity and may provide all the benefits of cultures in refrigerated kefir.

• Is kefir safe for pregnant/nursing women?
Ygieia Kefir is safe and can be beneficial for pregnant and nursing women.

• Can I cook or bake with kefir? If so, why should I?
Use Ygieia kefir anywhere you would use buttermilk, sour cream, yoghurt or mayonnaise to make dressing, dips and sauces to kick up flavor. While many of the probiotic bacteria will not survive cooked, kefir is a great way to add flavor and texture to hot dishes and make baked products extra fluffy!

• Is ginger and spearmint kefir suitable for vegans?
Ygieia ginger and spearmint sparkling kefir are suitable for vegans. It contains nothing more than fresh herbal ingredient.

• Is carbon added to sparkling kefir, how to open bottles?
Ygieia kefir beverages are the only naturally carbonated drinks on the market. Carbonate is produced by kefir grains and it never ends. That’s why it needs to be opened slowly without moving it. Another way is to open it sideways over a glass to avoid foaming.

• Where to preserve sparkling kefir ginger and mojito?
Fresh Ygieia kefir beverages are kept in the refrigerator especially during the summer months.