How much kefir to drink?

by (185) Updated February 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM Created October 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I've been alternating between young coconut kefir and goat milk kefir. For the coconut, I drink 2TB in the morning. For the goat kefir, I drink a cup, either in the morning or at night. I don't drink both kefirs on the same day- although I'm not sure if that would be harmful or not.

So my question is, how do I know how much kefir I should be drinking? I get no gut reaction with either. So, should I drink more? And if so, which is better for gut flora? Coconut water or goat milk? And should I just stick with one kind of kefir or is it OK to mix the two?

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32175 · October 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Both are fine. You are probably getting different bacteria from each one.

You don't need a large quantity to help with your gut flora--and it's fine to drink as much as you want, as long as you are feeling good & meeting your goals (whatever they are.)

I drink 4-8 oz of raw goats kefir almost every day.

10004 · October 23, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Have you tried water kefir? Especially with a 2nd fermentation of grape juice. Even your Dr Pepper addicted spouse might give up soda if you started making homemade water kefir. I drink milk kefir in the morning and water kefir in the evening and have not experienced any problems, so I think you can safely drink both of your different kefirs in the same day.

0 · February 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Your also having to take into account the casein issue. They are finding that maybe most of the population isn't, in fact, allergic to lactose, but casein. The protein is damaged and doesn't assimilate well at all. Cooked milk can actually be the cause of several nasty allergies.

0 · February 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Lactose gets broken down by the bacteria.... just sayin'.

0 · May 19, 2013 at 5:39 AM

I drink a acup in morning love it and I would do nights but its fermenting until Tommorrow I guess I can save some for night but I do want drink it before I go to bed and when I wake up my hair nails grew face looks healthy I'm in a good mood makes me want work out ..I love it

Denise Las Vegas

0 · May 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

If you are lactose intolerant only drink kefir that has been fermented long enough to have allowed the lactose in the milk to be mostly digested by the kefir bacteria and yeasts. No biggy.

0 · March 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM

OH PLEASE!! This isn't that complicated! Drink any kind Kefir you want! If drinking milk Kefir gives you the runs then switch to coconut or water Kefir. If it doesn't then drink a glass or two a day... come on! it won't hurt!

5584 · November 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

i usually do a tablespoon of kefir in the morning on an empty stomach.

0 · November 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

its developing and processes of growth in within 2-4 days,its ready you may drink up to 7 liter( gotta talk to them good bacterias that kills bad ones, prevent diabetics, and sickness.etc

24412 · October 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

When I was 8 years old I used my allowance to buy a whole quart carton of kefir, and downed it in the car on the way home. It came right back up, so that was definitely too much at once. I think your stomach will let you know if you've had too much. From a budget and health perspective, I agree with Dragonfly, you don't need a ton of it to derive the benefits.

186 · October 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Depending on what part of the world you're in or your caloric goals Kefir may be a staple in your diet. However like it has been discussed on PaleoHacks humans are inherently lactose intolerant. Goat Milk Kefir is doing you more harm than good, because although your getting some high calories, the way it is breaking down in your body it probably isn't nourishing your cells properly and since your cells are the endgame when it comes to nutrition your actually just wasting your money on this.

Coconuts are considered by many to be paleo super foods.

Kill the goat, eat the meat and buy a coconut tree. After that, I would say eliminate any sugars added for taste and go crazy.

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