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?