I have IBS and I take a high-strength powdered probiotic supplement which I find very helpful. But I've been wanting to increase my probiotic foods as well. So I ordered some kefir grains, bought some organic goat milk and made my first batch of goat kefir.
Twice I've tried it, first thing in the morning - first day about a cup, today about 1/2 cup cup. Have noticed some bloat both times.
I have an unsure relationship with dairy - I avoid all sugars ie. lactose because of my tendency to bloat, so I generally avoid dairy, although I've gone through periods where I just do yoghurt and/or lactose-free products like hard cheeses.
Should I stick with the goat kefir, or just pitch this batch and use the rest of my kefir grains to make kefir water instead? Just not sure how much of the bloat is from the lactose, the casein or whey or whatever else is in dairy, and how much is from the beneficial bacteria.
Also the package of kefir grains says to consume the milk within 48 hours. If I do stick with it, can I drink it over the next week or so?
I have been there multiple times--Could be your body getting adjusted to the different probiotic strains. Try drinking a less (1/4 cup max) Your body will adjust to in a few days, then add a bit more again for a few days. etc..
As others said, with kefir you will have to start slowly, 1/2 cup in the beginning, and as the grains grow, you make and drink more. Leave it to ferment for 36 hours, so this way most lactose goes away (it will be sour, add berries and walnuts in it to make it more eatable). Kefir will make your body to produce more lactase over time, so your relationship with dairy will get better. Just give it time.
I have IBS too btw, and while most of it went away since I went Paleo, some incidents still occurred. From the moment I went goat kefir too, things got way better.
You can try coconut-milk kefir instead: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/03/how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir.html
You get all of the benefits of the kefir without the problems associated with dairy.
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