Have you tried Kefir?

by (70) Updated November 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM Created March 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Hi all, after reading Chris Kessner's post on Kefir, I thought I would try the Organic Lactose Free kind I found at Whole Foods. I was wondering what kind of experiences you have had with it. It's only been two days but my stomach has been grumbling and making noises from it and not sure if that is a good sign, or bad. Any thoughts? Also, has anyone had bloating? Thanks so much! BTW, I am strict paleo and have been for 3 years, but thought trying the lactose free, with all the talk of the health benefits associated with it, was worth a shot. Thanks!

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37013 · March 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I haven't tried dairy kefir, but I've been making/drinking water kefir for over 6 months and it changed my life. Literally.

I always thought I was lactose intolerant, but now I safely enjoy home-made yogurt plus butter and heavy cream. My problems with wheat, which were terrible even after 5 grain-free months, became non-symptomatic with water kefir unless I have repeated exposures and even then only mild GERD vs. systemic responses.

When mixed with juice and sealed/brewed again it makes a fizzy home-made soda. I don't know where to find retail water kefir, but organic kombucha might be an available item.

2528 · March 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM

I love kefir and I noticed tons of benefits when I consumed it... unfortunately it gave me some nasty sebhorreic dermatitis. Everytime I go back to it, it happens again. Could be a yeast sensitivity in me or I have a fungal infection still. I wish I could drink it still!

32175 · March 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I make my own from raw goats milk. Yum!

I am lactose-intolerant, but have no issues with the kefir.

3279 · March 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I do dairy kefir and love it...now. Go slowly, starting with about a tablespoon per day. I went too fast at first, and got stomach upset and bloating from it. But once I slowed down and let my body adjust, things went much better. No problems now. It helps me digest milk, which I was intolerant to my whole life. It has a host of immune system benefits, too, so I highly recommend it.

273 · November 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I also really enjoy dairy kefir and haven't noticed any issues with it. It's a great source pf probiotics, much more than yogurt, and there is likely very little lactose left in a good quality product, due to the fermentation process. I wish I could find raw milk kefir in Canada, but raw milk is illegal here :-(

I also enjoy water kefir (reminds me a bit of kombucha), another great probiotic source.

I actually wrote a bit about the difference between yogurt and kefir.


993 · January 22, 2013 at 4:45 AM

I love the taste of kefir, but unfortunately I have issues with cow's dairy :(

618 · January 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I consume at least a cup of raw-milk kefir each day with some of the kefir grains blended in. I like to add some coconut oil and protein powder when I drink it after workouts, or carb it up with berries and let it ferment.

There is very little similarity between store-bought and home-made. Especially if you're visiting a farm for your milk each week or so, the home-made variety is going to pack all sorts of punch you can't find on a store-shelf. It costs me $6.50 per gallon of milk and 15 minutes in the kitchen every other day.

I never experience bloating, but if I don't restrain myself and drink more than a couple cups, I'll be pooping rabbit pellets for a couple days.

2417 · March 30, 2012 at 2:50 AM

I feel like my kefir making period was better for my tummy than my yogurt making period. For what that is worth. I did kefir at home for over a year before my cheap good dairy source dried up. It's so, so very easy to make. I wouldn't buy it.

11648 · March 30, 2012 at 2:03 AM

I added kefir a few weeks ago, and I love it. Before that I was doing probiotic goat yogurt, but I now prefer kefir most of the times. I was reading about kefir on PubMed, and it has many abilities, even wound healing properties. One interesting tidbit is that with yogurt you mostly eat acilobacilus bacteria, but with kefir, the acilobacilus bacteria mostly colonize the kefir grains, while the streptococus ones gets diluted in the milk, so that's what you mostly get when you drink kefir. So it's best to have both yogurt and kefir IMHO.

I know that there are some that are against dairy, but I had no problem with reduced lactose (longer fermentation) dairy from goat or sheep. I avoid cow dairy except for butter and cream.

0 · March 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM

I recently read Chris Kressors report on the importance of adding Kefir to my diet. We added it simply by purchasing from local SuperMarket. Having no experience or knowledge as to what Kefir was, I read all the instructions carefully, and I understood 1 Tbsp per day, no mention of increasing from that over time. Also it has a warning that when you remove the lid the wrapping should be bulging up. The first container we used was find. The second purchase we noticed the seal was not bulging and simply returned and got a replacement. Now I will check seal before leaving store. Less than $5 per container, I would not risk trying to make my own and consuming something I made wrong.

2492 · March 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I make my own dairy kefir, and in spite of my dairy problems, have no trouble digesting it. That said, when I first got it, I drank a whole glass of it, and had some (ahem) gastric distress. But now, I drink it gladly. If you live in the SF bay area, I'd gladly give you a little bit of kefir grains so you could start your own kefir making.

I just got my water kefir grains, and haven't made anything too tasty just yet, but I'm hopeful...

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