Hi there, I make my own goat kefir. Last night for the first time I strained it once it was ready, removing about a cup of liquid. Then I drank about a quarter cup before bed. I felt trapped gas all night, had a terrible sleep.
Wondering if this is because the water had a higher concentration of probiotics, or whey, or lactose, or was it something else I ate last night, totally unrelated...
I typically drink about a 1/2 cup kefir in the morning and I take a powdered probitioc supplement at night. Trapped gas is a big problem for me generally but wondering what this experience in particular is telling me.
I started making my own raw cow's milk kefir about 4 weeks ago. The first week I drank about 4-8oz daily and experienced bloating and a little gas. I had been mostly no dairy prior to kefir.
After that first week, I stayed with it and now for the past week or so had been consuming on the order of 16oz daily completely symptom-free.
A question: You said "last night for the first time". What was the "first time"? You straining it at night, and drinking it immediately after? Do you normally strain it at night and drink in the morning? Or do you normally strain in the morning and drink in the morning? It would be helpful if you could clarify, because this "first time" might be making the difference.
Some thoughts that I have that could help narrow it down:
You may want to try going off kefir for a week to see if the flatulence resolves, especially since it seems that's an existing condition for you. Or play with some of the variables above.
lactose fermentation Butyric acid which can cause bloating (but not likely gas). Also if you are lactose intolerant, kefir does not get rid of all lactose, so that can cause gas.
Also if the bacterium that you are using for fermenting doesn't play nice with your gut bacteria, it can create methane which would also cause gas.
Given that you have general flatus problems, I'd suspect you could be lactose intolerant. I would suggest giving up on dairy for a couple of weeks and seeing how you feel. then add it back -- if you get gas/bloating again then you have your answer.
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