I wanted to wait a little bit before posting, as to really see for myself the wonderful benefits of kefir and also some other natural ways to heal and cure and simply benefit overall health and well being; and so I did.
My dog was very ill with what they said was ulcerative colitis possibly, or some bowel condition. They did say his diet was very important. They gave me pain killers for him, along with antibiotics; and suggested a colonoscopy with maybe surgery. Never mind the expense of all this, my dog is worth everything to me, but I simply did not want to put him through any discomfort.
I read up on the colitis and similar symptoms and also looked into natural foods and herbs. I already do all the cooking for my dogs, but did learn that for little Bobby, he should have a slightly different diet now.
I had to first reduce his inflamation with (beleive it or not) saurkraut. It is a natural inflamatory and extremly healthy for this condition in both dogs and humans. Also (aloe vera) gel to ingest will sooth and acts also as an anti inflamatory. Now getting to the kefir. I was recomended for his condition being it will boost the immune system and is a very healthy and strong probiotic. Many times more beneficial than even the best store bought probiotic.
The list is long on the benefits of kefir, so I don't want to make this posting too long. But my dog has never been better, and loves his new addition to the diet of the cool and tasty kefir. I see people even make their own too. It is a yogurt type food and also comes in a drink form. The veterinarian is very happy and glad little Bobby is doing so good. Surely sometimes an animal will need a surgery or drugs, but I wanted to try diet first; and in this case it worked wonders.
Oh yes, I have to mention also that pumpkin is extremly good for digestion and will help in overall good health. Any comments or ideas or recipes with kefir will be appreciated.
Kefir like a yougurt.
Kefir grains before it is like yogurt.
Where did you buy the kefir?
Hi Cynthia. I checked the local markets in the yougurt section but no Kefir, so I searched the internet for a store near me and then went there and they had a whole section with Kefir. I love it too! It is now a regular food to have everyday.
KEFIR Overview Information
Kefir contains actively growing bacteria and yeast. Their effect on milk results in production of enzymes and chemicals that affect the way food is digested
Kefir is not good for all. Read on google.
I added kefir first time when I became vegetalian and was not for me.
Hi Cynthia, you can have kefir in IGA don't know where you are living but most of supermarket have lot of room for these products, as kefir.
I am drinking water coconut to avoid coffe when I got up and Hemp. If you can access to google you will find all you need for all you need. You can talk the same here. I'll be 73 on July, have a lot of experience from 1976, with many school. Good luck,
Marie I am in Tahiti doesn't right often here.
I just researched Kefir, I had always thought it was a dairy product period but I have found it can be made with Soy milk, Rice milk, Coconut milk, or any sweet dring/liquid. Hmmmm, very interesting. It also appears it might be easier to make your own than it would be for most of us to find it to buy.
Thank you for Sharing this, I have been drinking Kefir, off and on, for years. It is extremely Nutritious and it tastes Great!
Thank you for the info and your story Wade!
Love the pics too.
For many of us who are not able to consume dairy; kefir may not sound good BUT you can make it with almond milk or coconut milk.
Here is what Mercola says about Kefir:Why You Should Drink Kefir
Kefir, which means 'feel good" in Turkish, is an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your "inner ecosystem" to maintain optimal health and strengthen immunity.
Kefir's tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, and it contains beneficial yeast as well as the friendly 'probiotic' bacteria found in yogurt. When used regularly, the naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in Kefir combine symbiotically to help balance your intestinal flora and boost your immunity.
Among its many beneficial powers, Kefir:
- Provides supplemental nourishment for pregnant and nursing women*
- Contributes to your healthy immune system
- Promotes a relaxing effect on the nervous system and benefit many who seek a restful night's sleep
- Helps support your normal intestinal tract function, promote bowel movements and your healthy digestive system -- and is beneficial after the use of antibiotics to restore balance to the digestive tract
- Curbs unhealthy food cravings by making your body more nourished and balanced
Thank you Wade, MarieMissy and Diana, for educating me about kefir.
Thank you Marie for the Water Kefir recipe. Here is the link which the pic takes you to: http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-water-kefir/
I know, another gluten-free flour? YES! Trust me, if you want easy and healthy bread, it is worth it to seek out this flour blend and buy it.
You can either buy Maninis Peasant Bread Mix, or like I do, I just buy their Multiuso Multi-Purpose Flour Mix (because it is cheaper than the bread mix). The only difference between their Classic Peasant Bread Mix and their multi-purpose flour is the amount of fiber in the mix (due to using a higher fiber corn starch in the bread mix versus the flour mix). Otherwise, they are interchangeable in this recipe. Feel free to use either one.
This flour is absolutely amazing for yeast breads. You can use it in all of your gluten-free baking, but I just use it, and am amazed by it, in my yeast recipes. I make this weekly bread with it, but also French Bread and cinnamon rolls with it. They have many great recipes on their website and you will not regret trying them out. I love that it is a whole grain flour blend, high in fiber, and rice-free.
Right now, you can find Maninis flour and bread mixes for sale at natural food markets all over the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, Hawaii, New York, Alaska & Canada, and online you can order for delivery from Azure Standard, Amazon, or directly from Maninis. You can see a list of everywhere it is available here.
The bags from Maninis will say that they make 8 loaves, and they do, if you follow their recipe. However, the recipe for one loaf was always so small in our bread machine and doubling it produced a loaf that wasn’t all the way cooked when the bread machine was done baking it. So I’ve done some tweaking to get a good sized loaf that cooks up just right in the bread machine, without being over-cooked or underdone in the middle. I get 5 loaves from one bag, which at a cost of $20-$24 per bag, depending on where you buy, equals about $4-$4.80 per loaf. The other ingredients you need, water, eggs, apple cider vinegar, oil, and yeast and are very inexpensive.
Can I use another flour blend in this recipe? Answer: Probably not. Feel free to try it with your favorite blend, measuring according to weight listed. I cannot afford to buy every flour blend on the market to try in this recipe to see which ones will work. All I can say is that this particular blend of whole grains and starches is just perfect for this bread. I only recommend using Maninis flour for this, and I’m not getting any kickback for saying so!
Make sure you read the recipe notes below so that you have the best success with this recipe. Please note that results of home-baked bread can vary depending on humidity and on which bread machine you are using. You may need to make some adaptations for perfect results in your machine, but this should give you a good starting point.
Please do let me know if you have a chance to try this recipe. I really think you’ll like it.
If someone knws Connie, she is at the hospice.
Healing hands for her and light.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO KEFIR FOR VEGANS
it's only 5 -35 calories a serving,and is based on fermented green tea,beneficial in itself,but has the same probiotics as kefir,without the milk ,sugar or calories
KEFIR Overview Information
Kefir contains actively growing bacteria and yeast. Their effect on milk results in production of enzymes and chemicals that affect the way food is digested.
TAS, THIS IS WHAT I AM DRINKING, KOMBUCHA, WITH DIFFERENTS INGREDIENTS --
Kefir is great,i've drinking it for two years and I haven't been ill since then.
You do not have to have any ailments to then only enjoy Kefir... it is a food like yogurt (the way I and family and friends) enjoy it. So very healthy in every way. It is like a Greek yogurt (that everyone raves about) with the same properties. Comes in a drink form too.
My friend is a Doctor, and nothing wrong with him at all; but he makes Kefir for himself and his family for just good overall health and well being.
Of course everyone has different tastes. Bananas are great for you... but their will always be somebody that will now say 'oh no', too high in potassium'; so eat what you like and enjoy; and just stating here that Kefir is a healthy and natural power food that tastes delicious and a natural way to boost the immune system and add goodness to health. Do some research into this amazing food and then see results.
If you like Kefir,try Lifeway Probiotic Kefir Ice Cream
before I gave up all dairy,it was a favorite dessert,only 90 calories per serving..
The pomegranate is DELICIOUS.
I actually just take Kefir in a spoonful for me and give my dogs a heaping spoonful each day for the health benefits, but I did buy the drink one time and loved it! I'll take your advice Tasunka, and try what you suggest.
We should seek more concrete evidence that natural healing would do the same thing as a medicated treatment.
I think all was said here about kefir etc.
If I was the host of the group I will end here.
Thank you everyone for your shares.
There has been numerous Studies that HAVE shown Concrete Evidence, regarding the Health Benefits of Kefir. this is just a little Information:
Ramhit,I think you put too much faith in doctors
did you know they are taught NOTHING,,,about vitamins ,supplements
and nutrition in medical school?
Thanks tas, absolutely re doctors. Talk to Naturopaths, they know much more than the race of docs. grrrr they almost kill me in the sixties.
MY DOCTOR IS AN IDIOT ,HE NEARLY KILLED ME 3 TIMES
I saved my last grains in the fridge, how long can I store them like that?
Hi Laura, and I'm not sure. I'm thinking that it is like anything else and just refrigerate for a usual time. For me a usual refrigeration time for anything is about a week or so. Everything usually disappears by that time anyway.
I wanted to add to this thread, that if I want to make kefir thicker I put it in cheesecloth into a colander and set that into or over a bowl and let a lot of liquid drain, then it is real thick like creamed cheese.
There have been far more Cases of E. coli, found in commercial Milk!
You might console yourself by saying "but milk is pasteurized. Surely the cells are cleared!" No, they are not cleared, they are only heated. So your kids drink dead pus cells. There is a slight consolation: some other states' milk contains a much higher pus cell count than California's. Alabama's has an average of 444 million cells; Nevada's has less: ‘only' 443 million; while Florida's milk has the highest count: 548 million pus cells per liter, or nearly 130 million per 8-oz glass. Even that is well below the USDA's allowable U.S. standard of 750 million pus cells per liter, above which milk must be consumed in the state in which it is produced!
Really Fred, why not just say buy products labeled as rBGH-free?
Yes John, you could say that too.
The Focus of this Thread is for Kefir. Marie, brought Pasteurization, so I wanted her to know that most of the cases of Salmenella and e. Coli, have been found in Commercial Milk.
I am laughing, too many things for me. I don't have dairy products. That will close the subject for me.
I was hoping to hear you about these, dear Fred. You have such of knowledges, I ll try to find you where all is green... Thanks a bunch dear one.
This post was modified from its original form on 27 May, 3:00
Pus cells, so appetizing, ugh
Thanks Wade for starting this topic.
I NOW LIKE KEFIR! I never did before.
I found a good quality kefir and although it is DIFFERENT from yogart, I have now aquired a taste for it.
My dentist mistakenly put me on antibiotics for an infected tooth so I am eating every probiotic possible to get my sytem balanced out.
When you say that you have saved the last Grains in the Fridge, what do you mean by Grains? Do you mean that you just saved the last small amount of Kefir?
Hey! thank you all sooooo much I just got my first kefir set! I'm going to try and make something cool out of it
Hi Fred, and the grains are small and bead like. I'm thinking that is the culture that when milk is added, it turns to the kefir or yogurt. Someone just gave me the culture from China that is thirty years old and she has been making yogurt from it all the while. I add milk to mine and let it sit a week or so, then drink it. It has a great taste and the longer I let it sit (in the fridge), the more sour it gets. Then I save the grains after I strain it, rinse the grains (which are soft and sponge like) and add fresh milk, and start the whole process again of leaving it sit a week and then drinking it. I have a handfull of these grains and add about a pint of milk, but if I'd add more milk, I think the culture would grow more, hence making a lot more grains. Very good.
thanks for sharing the information
Mattha or Chaas.. one the best home remedies for certain ailments like piles, diarrhoea, jaundice and dysfunctions of liver and spleen. It is made out of yogurt which is blended in a pot with an instrument called madhani (whipper). The butter which comes on top is filtered with a piece of cloth, and the remaining milk-based liquid which is left is known as chaas or buttermilk.