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water kefir success stories?

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Created September 01, 2012 at 3:49 PM

hello there.

i've had digestive issues for a long long time (bloating, constipation, random vomiting, immune issues). i've done fodmaps, zero carb, elimination diets, digestive enzymes, you name it- most with an improvement but not a 'cure'. So now i have decided to really work on repopulating my gut in a major way, and start making my own water kefir.

has anyone here had success with water kefir? or not? how did you do it? how long did it take?

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3690 · August 09, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Well if you're staying away from dairy, then I wouldn't recommend any yogurt at all, since yogurt is dairy. I also wouldn't recommend any types of yogurt or non-dairy yogurt with added ingredients.

With yogurt, I usually go with Strauss whole-milk / full fat Greek yogurt or Fage full fat or 2% Greek yogurt. If you don't do well with dairy, I would recommend buying water kefir grains and making your own water kefir or trying alternative sources of fermented foods such as kimchee or sauerkraut. Resistant starch and other fermentable fiber foods are also good choices, but be aware of FODMAPs.

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0 · August 09, 2014 at 5:30 PM

@Knarf hi, I've been reading this thread and I was wondering what kind of yogurt do you recommend? I don't really know which to buy since I'm staying away from dairy and I'm not sure if the non dairy ones are even allowed with all the added ingredients. Any advice would be appreciated :)

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11697 · December 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Water kefir has fewer microbes/yeasts than milk kefir, so it's less potent. If you ferment goat milk for 24 hours, very little lactose remains. Personally, I can't drink milk as is, I get stomach pain, but I have no problem with kefir.

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2854 · October 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

good to hear- nothing wrong with a good placebo! especially if it tastes good...

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2854 · September 01, 2012 at 8:51 PM

awesome. thank you, and I hope it keeps improving! keep me updated.

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329 · December 01, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I have been making milk kefir for two years, and few weeks ago I decided to cut dairy (go full paleo) and switched to water kefir. Both kefirs significantly improved my digestive health, plus cutting dairy makes me more energetic, and I keep melting the last few extra pounds of fat so easily I can't believe. Water kefir tastes great and there is a multitude of possibilities you can flavor your kefir with.

Definitely give it a go!

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47 · August 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM

I make my own milk kefir at home (I'm dairy-tolerant and it's a conscious choice) and it makes a big difference. I have to drink A LOT of it, though. I'll usually let it ferment 24 hours. I make a quart at a time, go through half or the whole bottle in one day, and then 24 hours later I'll have another.

I don't do it constantly - you can only eat so much kefir before you get sick of it. I have noticed though that I have fewer food cravings and easier, cleaner bathroom trips. When I cut it out of my diet, I have a little less energy and I don't enjoy my poops as much. Minor changes.

I've never tried water kefir, though. Good luck!

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Hi, I've noticed that now I'm never bloated, even when I eat pasta!!!

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0 · March 17, 2014 at 1:19 AM

I make water kefir all the time, and have around 2-4 quarts in the fridge ready to drink at all times. I love it for the probiotic quality (i destroy food in my stomach) and for the bubbly soda-like fix. In fact, I love beer and fermented beverages but I do NOT like grains. I make a hard kefir cider often and it certainly does the trick. Tastes great too.

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322 · April 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

It definitely had an effect on me, but it was not consistent.

Sometimes it would flare up my dermatitis skin condition by making it considerably more red, other times it would make me really happy and put me in a good mood if i drank it after food. More experimentation is required

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0 · February 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Hi,

I just started making water kefir a few months ago and it has helped me tremendously. I have had years of those same problems, trying many different "solutions" but none has worked as well as the water kefir.

Good luck!

Liz

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3690 · December 01, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I tried it, and surprisingly, it didn't do me all that much good. I found yogurt to be more effective. Odd.

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0 · August 09, 2014 at 5:30 PM

@Knarf hi, I've been reading this thread and I was wondering what kind of yogurt do you recommend? I don't really know which to buy since I'm staying away from dairy and I'm not sure if the non dairy ones are even allowed with all the added ingredients. Any advice would be appreciated :)

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165 · October 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I have been making water kefir for a few weeks now. It could be a placebo effect (or perhaps more generally attributed to strict adherence to a paleo diet) but I am feeling much better in terms of my digestion since starting it. This is really something, given how completely f**ked my digestion, immunity and general malaise / brain fogginess have historically been.

All I can say is give it a go. Two benefits (to me, at least) is it tastes very pleasant and I like the carbonation. :)

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2854 · October 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

good to hear- nothing wrong with a good placebo! especially if it tastes good...

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25 · September 01, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I drink about a cup of water kefir a day using grains from Cultures for Health. I can't say I've felt an effect good or bad. I did drink it religiously after a mild bout of food poisoning (told myself I'd boil the heck out of some fish broth that had been lying out for half a day, but forgot and just microwaved it to lukewarm...), but I'm not sure it helped me recover any faster.

But, I never had much GI issues to begin with, so hopefully water kefir will be a big step forward in your recovery!

edit: in addition, I never felt a big impact on my gut health when eating full-fat, grass-fed, all-natural yogurt either, and the probiotic effects of good yogurt are much better documented. So take my experience with a grain of salt!

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261 · September 01, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I cannot say this is a success story (yet). But it seems water kefir is helping. I started with goat milk kefir but then after a PH member suggestion, I did the lactose test and found out I'm intolerant. So I switched to water kefir. My gut gets better everyday (after 18 years of issues). Although it's honest to say that water kefir is just one of the many things I'm doing (strict paleo, high-fodmap-free, bone broth, coconut oil, omega-3, magnesium, juicing vegetables, etc..).

I've been suffering for 18 years, so my situation is quite chronic but in the last 2 months things have improved quite a lot. Using kefir (1 cup per 3meal each day) too.

Michael.

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2854 · September 01, 2012 at 8:51 PM

awesome. thank you, and I hope it keeps improving! keep me updated.

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11697 · December 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Water kefir has fewer microbes/yeasts than milk kefir, so it's less potent. If you ferment goat milk for 24 hours, very little lactose remains. Personally, I can't drink milk as is, I get stomach pain, but I have no problem with kefir.

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