Kefir for Health: A Fermented Alternative to Yogurt

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Posted by Carolyn (Hobbs, Nm) on 08/24/2010

If anyone is battling candida or any digestive problems for that matter, research KEFIR. I drink it daily and it has helped me tremendeously. It is good for lots of ailments and there is a ton of information on the internet. Just google Kefir Benefits. Oh yes, you can buy kefir grains to make your own kefir on ebay. Get the Caucasus grains. I like them better. Carolyn

Replied by Jen
London, Uk
10/02/2010

Hi Kefir fans, Am really keen to get some Kefir grains to start producing my own Raw milk Kefir drink; is there anyone in London who may have some grains to share. I live near Tooting, south of the river.

Replied by Windyweather
South Wales, Gb
01/12/2014

You can buy milk or water on Ebay for about 5.50. I bought some milk kefir last week and it seems to be culturing nicely - then I add pineapple and put in the blender - it's delicious.


Posted by Carolyn (Hollywood, Florida) on 12/04/2008
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At the end of 2006, I contracted MRSA. I still have scars from that early time before I learned about kefir. I only bought one batch of kefir grains in early 2007, and I am still fermenting using grains created from that first batch. I never took any antibiotics. After I started sipping homemade kefir all day and night, I have never had any more outbreaks, except one time in 2008, I stupidly cut back on the amount of kefir I was drinking and got paid back with an outbreak on my chest. I am sipping my kefir as I write this. My primary said my MRSA looks "dormant". Yes, it is "sleeping" but if I stopped kefir, it would rage up again.

I sprinkle some turmeric in a couple times a day. Mike will teach you all about how to make your own fresh kefir at home. Or write to me. BTW, I do not eat any kind of meat or fish, because they contain HEME iron which causes MRSA bacteria to rage up. I am 66, I garden, shop, do my web work, and live normally just as I did before I contracted this hideous MRSA. If I can do this, so can you! Anyone can email me anytime. I care about people with MRSA.

Replied by Lynn
Racine, Wi
08/04/2011
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I am an avid fan of kefir and have been drinking it for almost a year now. I grow so many grains that I have been able to start over 20 people on it. They are starting to call me the kefir lady. We have gotten great results on it in our family. My 11 year old twin daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and getting great results with blood sugars. It is as though her body is trying to work, We also have celiac disease in our family and it soothes the gut and helped heal the gut. We havent gotten sick on this except for mild detoxifying My twenty year old daughter had mrsa and had great results on a natural supplement with no scarring or reaccuring bouts it was scabbed over in a week to the doctors amazement. She did not take kefir but I wanted that info for the mrsa patients.

All I can say is that kefir is part of our daily healthy living along with supplements and all natural antibiotics. Lynn

Replied by Marlene
Surrey, Bc, Canada
08/06/2011

Hi Lynn, My 14 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes mid April. We have had some sucess in controling his sugars with green smoothies and raw foods and exercise, having his insulin requirements decreased a few times. I have started making kefir and drink it myself but have been unable to get him to take any. How do you get you daughter to drink it, do you add anything to the kefir? I am reluctant to add sugar or honey to sweeten it. I do add fruit to mine but he hasn't liked any he has tried. How long has your daughter had Diabetes and what else have you tried. Also how do you count the carbs for the kefir?

Replied by Lisa
Quincy, Ma
12/15/2011

Hi Lynn,

What is the name of the natural supplement that cure your daughter MRSA with no scarring or reaccuring bouts and was scabbed over in a week to the doctors amazement. My husband was suffering from it for a long time.

Replied by Daniella53
Corpus Christi, Texas
07/01/2012

Hello Guys. I have found a wonderful use for kefir. I followed the "Dr. Budwig Protocol" diet for 5 months and this mixture of kefir and "highest lignan" cold pressed organic flax seed oil seems to have had a positive effect on my husband's cancer treatments. I sincerely request that you review this diet protocol.

Replied by Amla
India
03/28/2016

Hi, I'm new to kefir so needed some guidance. I have melasma on both my cheeks. Through your post got to know that it gets treated with kefir. Please advise me how should I consume and the quantity. Thank you Amla


Posted by Azure (Richmond, VA) on 05/20/2008

I just wanted to share about another ebay store that is tremendous for finding kefir, kombucha, you name it. They are very knowledgable.


Posted by Helen (Beirut, Lerbanon) on 04/02/2008

Hi, if anyone needs any information about Kefir or needs to get the kefir grains ,just go to kefir _making group one of the'Yahoo groups ,there you can get it ,all of them they use it and will give it to you for free (if you are in the same erea)the natural kefir grains are not for sale ,by the way it's good for immunity and for the digestive system it's a Probiotic ,it contains good bacteria , vitamins , minerals, amino acids,and digestive enzymes ,for any more information about kefir you can contact me anytime.

Replied by Maria
London, UK
03/19/2008

Does anyone know where to get Kefir grains in the UK? Many thanks. Regards, Maria

Replied by Grashka
New York, NY
06/19/2008

i will gladly share my kefire grains with anybody who live in new york city and it's willing to pick them up.

Replied by Mlkefir
New York, Ny, Usa
01/16/2011

Grashka,
I live in New York City and need some help with my Kefir grains! Maybe I need new ones or maybe I'm not doing something right. Might it be possible in any way to get your help with this? Thank you in advance!

Replied by Ar2011
Emmaus, Pa Usa
01/25/2011

Hi, I have read that drinking kefir with candida should be done cautiously, and having candida, I wanted to know if kefir has the same digestive enzymes as a candida remedy I'm considering purchasing. Does anyone know?

Replied by Maria
East Elmhurst, Queens, New York
11/14/2011

Grashka, will you still share your kefir? I've always bought Amish kefir from Pathmark, but would like to try to grow the grains myself. I can pick it up from you as you say you're in NYC. thanks.


Posted by David (Terry, MS) on 12/22/2007
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I managed to give myself a yeast infection with an overzealous attempt at home-brewed root beer. I don't know how serious this sort of infection is, but I finished it off by drinking lots of water and lots of a cultured yogurt product called kefir. The idea was to flush the yeast, dead or alive, out of the gastrointestinal system and replace/combat it with the bacteria in the cultured kefir drink.


Posted by Carolyn (Hollywood, Florida) on 07/23/2007
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My very restricted vegetarian diet with sea salt and turmeric, has helped my MRSA boils condition tremendously, but I wanted to tell you I just began making and drinking kefir. After only one day, the wannabe boil which was trying to form on my bottom for over a month, receded and is extremely small now. I bought my kefir "grains" from Mike who is in Daytona Beach, Florida and who does NOT overcharge for the grains or postage as do many people on the net. His website is www.bacteriapimp.com and he also sells on eBay which is where I found him. He has Kombucha grains too, which I have not tried as yet because I am getting used to making kefir correctly. Kefir contains approx. 30 kinds of good bacteria and helps to jumpstart the good bacteria in the gut. Mike gives a lot of good information and he is a truly kind and wonderful caring human being. Anyone can please write to me anytime. My skin is clear now and my energy is back. Is my diet icky??? YES. Does it work to inhibit boils? YES.

Replied by Dreamtrvls
Norcal, Ca
06/02/2011

To Carolyn from Hollywood. I have loved ones with MRSA and I see them going through so much, it's truly awful. I use water kefir daily, and I love it! I have a couple of questions for the group... And a specific question just for you. First for the group: I'm reading all of these health benefits of milk kefir, and I'm wondering "is my water kefir giving me all of the same benefits? If Carolyn is using milk kefir and it's helping her MRSA, will the water kefir help my loved ones? For Carolyn: How long were you using it before you started seeing a decrease in the MRSA, have the boils completely stopped? The boils are painful and I they'd be willing to try anything. I guess I just don't want to get their hopes up if the water kefir benefits are very different than the milk kefir results. I don't use the milk kefir because I'm really allergic to dairy.

Thanks in advance, Tina from NorCal


Posted by Leo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/20/2007
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I'm residing in Brazil for the last year and using Kefir in water and brown sugar, it is great and healthy. this may I'm moving back to Toronto Canada and don't know where to find it there. could you please let me know of anybody who make use of it there so i can get some? Thanks, Leo

Replied by Petra
Windhoek, Namibia
05/21/2007

I think Leo from Brazil is looking for water kefir, which is different from the one cultured in milk or yoghurt.

Replied by Margie
Windhoek, Namibia
11/04/2015

Looking for Water Kefir in Windhoek!

Replied by Toni
Windhoek
01/07/2017

Hi did you ever find Water Kefir in Windhoek? Or Nam for that matter? Also looking for some. Please let me know. Thanks Toni

Replied by Jennifer Pietersen
Windhoek, Namibia
01/23/2017

Hi saw your post and wondered if you got hold of kafir in Windhoek. I am looking for this product currently. Please get in touch if you did.

Replied by Michele
East London, South Africa
03/20/2018

You can get the Kefir kit from Dischem.


Posted by Jim (St. Louis, MO) on 04/01/2007
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I have had a worsening case of suborrheic dermatitis for several years. It started around my upper lip and chin and ended up in my ears. Prescriptions mildly controlled it, but not well, are expensive, and frankly I don't trust them very much. I tried several reccomended natural and "home" remedies, none of which worked very well. And then I started drinking kefir, a cultured milk beverage. I started drinking it because it's really tasty and I can digest it (I'm lactose intolerant), but found that when I drink it regularly my suborrheic dermatitis goes away. When I don't drink kefir for several days it starts to come back. Typically I've found myself drinking a 32 oz. bottle every two to three days. I've tried a couple of brands, but the Helios brand seems far superior to the other brand I tried (which I had trouble digesting). So I really reccomend it. At the very least, you'll be drinking something that tastes great and is good for you (live foods rock). And if it works for your skin ailements too, all the better. Good luck!


Posted by Dawn (Holland, NY) on 03/23/2007
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Kefir is great for lots of things. I've been using it to help my daughter's LGS. It helps you lose weight, detoxes your liver, restore intestinal flora, allergies, and so much more. It coats your intestines and helps your body break down foods. I drink 2 C a day. If you are just trying it out you might want to start with 2 oz a day and slowly increase it. I wouldn't recommend the store bought kind in the US. It only has 4 different bacteria in it. If you make your own Kefir it was over 30 things that are great for you. Plus if you are lactose intolerant, you can handle Kefir.


Posted by Emilia (Vancouver, Canada) on 02/13/2007
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I am using kefir (fermented drink) for a long time. I am making it by myself. From the country where I am coming (Macedonia) it is very a popular drink and considered very healthy. But also you can find it in the healthy stores. It helps with constipation, regenerates intestinal flora. It is very good for the skin. When you apply on the face before going to bed, after few days you will notice the results. Clean and more firm skin. Looking very youthful.

Replied by Enrico
White Rock, B.c.
06/14/2010

Hello Emilia.

Can you suggest where I can find Kefir base to make it at home?

Thanks and ciao,
Enrico

Replied by Sunvarmit
Birmingham, Al
07/10/2010

Kefir is a life changing gift. Please search the Internet carefully and look for someone who will give it to you for only the cost of shipping. Search the Yahoo groups and google it before you "buy" it from someone. I paid a small fee for my first batch, and do not resent it. But it grows so fast and there are sure to be people close enough to most of you that will share. Now that I have been making my own for several years I have shared often. And I wouldn't buy it again. There are many sources for information on the Web. . . Just search it out. My experience is that Kefir assists with numerous ailments from digestion to anxiety. But I believe it needs to be homemade to see the best results.

Replied by Denise
Brookfield, Missouri
11/06/2011

I have an abundance of kefir grains. I'd be happy to share. I live in Missouri. I think I can ship to anywhere in the U.S. in 2 to 3 days for $5. I can ship to Canada in 6 to 10 days for $12, or in 3 to 5 days for $27.

If anybody wants some grains, I'll share them for the cost of shipping. Email me at myemaildt(at)gmail.com.

Replied by Demi
Machester, Uk
03/26/2012

Just a small correction here. Macedonia is in Greece and does not produce any kefir. Do you mean FYROM or Vardaska? For sure you cannot be from Macedonia though, since Macedonia is not a country, it is an area on the north of of Greece

Replied by Lanos
So California, Usa
03/27/2012

Demi, .. Sorry, but there is a 'Republic of Macedonia' a separate country. Small matter though, finding kefir is the important thing.. Luv

Replied by Teresa
Surrey, Bc
04/26/2013

I live in Surrey BC, very close to the Emilli who posted that she has a lot of kefir grains and that she would be happy to share. Emilli please respond to this post as I would really love to get my kefir going again. I am also looking for a kambucha scoby/mushroom as I lost mine. Any one that lives in the lower mainland of BC, Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta that has extra kefir grains to share please respond. Much Thanks

Replied by Marlene
Surrey, Bc, Canada
05/19/2013

I have both Kefir grains and Kombucha scobies. I live in Cloverdale, and quite willing to share both.

Replied by Kim
Vancouver, Bc
06/08/2013

Hello, this post is for Marlene (Cloverdale). I was checking to see if you had any more Kefir starter to share. I would love to be able to start this, and could come to you for pickup if possible. Please contact me at kaa411 (at) hotmail {dot}com. Thanks so much!! Kim


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Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 09/16/2012

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Posted by Cherie (Rochester, New York) on 01/27/2012

I live in Rochester, NY and I am looking for someone local who can provide fresh kefir grains. In reading everyone's comments and in my research I am convinced that my family and I will benefit greatly by using it. I welcome any feedback.

Replied by Tina
Houston, Us
01/28/2012

There is a big community at http://heal-thyself.ning.com/ that is helpful at sharing kefir grains. Most ask for postage price.

You can also try your local Craigslist, but you may not know the quality of the grains until you pay for it and try make kefir and find out that it does not work.

Try http://culturedfoodlife.com/
(Donna is always very helpful and willing to share)

Culturesforhealth.com is reliable in their kefir grains (I would stay away from kefir starter) and only work with grains.

Hope this is helpful :)

Replied by Duke
Rochester, Ny
08/04/2016

Hi there. Did you ever find grains and begin producing? I am local and in search of grains. Please let me know.


Posted by Nola (Sydney, Nsw) on 10/04/2011

I'm keen to start a yoghurt culture for medicinal reasons, and would really appreciate anyone with grains available getting in touch with me. Happy to trade or reimburse costs.

Replied by Leanne
Adelaide, South Australia
10/05/2011

Try ebay. That's where I got mine from.


Posted by Lardiver (Abbotsford, Bc Canada) on 04/13/2011

Hi I am in BC Canada, I have milk kefir and would like to trade some with others to be sure I can get the most pro biodics from several strains of kefir. If anyone else would like to mix with me, give me a shout.

Replied by Lucky
Surrey, Bc Canada
05/02/2011

Lardiver from Abbotsford, Bc Canada please contact him regarding kefir grain, because I live close to person.

Replied by Kristen
Amman, Jordan
05/18/2011

I wonder if anyone knows a source for water kefir grains in Jordan? I live in Amman.

Replied by Rebekka
Vancouver, Bc Canada
06/30/2011

Dear Lardiver, I don't yet have grains to swap with you, unfortunately. But I do live in Vancouver and would be interested to get your mixed Kefir -- that makes sense. I hear there's a real difference with grains that have come from Eastern Europe and am hoping to start with a good batch. Would it be possible to get some from you?

Thank you, Rebekka


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Posted by Kefaus (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/14/2011

I have kefir both water and milk grains as well as kombucha. They are free however a postage cost of $10 will incur for each.

Replied by Dianne
Albany, Western Australia
11/14/2011

Hi. I would love to get my hands on some 'Water Kefir Starter grain'. Does anyone out there still have some to share or know of how I can get some here in Australia? Thanks so much!

Replied by Cheryl
Salem, Ny, Usa
11/20/2011

You can find great kefir grains from Dom in Australia - just google Dom's kefir. Mine came from him, through a friend who carried them from AU to London to here! He has great info on his site, too.



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