Kefir Forum

  • Anna Pater

    How can I save my kefir grains when gone? Can I freeze them?

  • Jessica

    I started making Kefir at home several months ago with great success. However three weeks ago, I started developing fairly severe diarrhea and abdominal cramping/burning stomach, which has persisted to this very day. My symptoms seem to worsen when I consume diary. I’ve stopped drinking the Kefir since I started getting the negative symptoms and it has calmed down a bit, but I still have diarrhea about 3 times daily. When I was a child I was lactose intolerant and would vomit frequently, but I grew out of it in my pre-teen years and haven’t had any problems with dairy until three weeks ago – I’m 29 now. Is it possible that Kefir has made me lactose or casein intolerant again? Also, my friend that I got the Kefir Grains from told me two weeks ago that she developed a severe yeast infection that her doctor linked back to the Kefir. Does anyone have any ideas what may be going on in my guts?

    • Jessica

      Update! It’s been 9 days since I posted about my intestinal distress, and I am happy to say that I am feeling much better now. If anyone is suffering the way I did, here’s what worked for me:
      1. I purchased a bottle of liquid probiotic supplement from my local drugstore and followed the recommended dosage, have been taking it everyday, seems to have put me back in balance.
      2. I purchased a bottle of Aloe Vera Juice and have been drinking it everyday – very soothing to the tummy.
      3. Colloidal Silver (but don’t OD on this stuff, I read it can turn your skin and gums blue!)
      4. Blueberries (I read online that they’re an old remedy for stomach upset)
      5. Raw Carrots (I read online that they’re anti-viral and the pulp helps move stuff through your intestine)
      I’ve also re-introduced small amounts of dairy into my diet and I haven’t gotten the belly bubbles! Woo!

      I have not started drinking the Kefir again. Though I washed my jars regularly in hot soapy water, I’m wondering if I cultured a bad bacteria in there by not boiling the jars. Also, I was making the Kefir in a sealed container, not a breathable container – maybe the lack of oxygen created a bad environment for the Kefir bacteria…Regardless, I’m feeling normal again! My advice, RESEARCH everything about this process before you dive in.

  • Kefir Believer

    I have herpes gladiatorum which over the past year has caused me to have herpes outbreaks on a monthly basis. I started drinking kefir about 4 months ago and have only had one outbreak since then, which occurred when I missed drinking my kefir for a day.

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  • Kefir Believer

    I have herpes gladiatorum (also known as scrum pox), a form of herpes usually contracted through contact sports (I caught it playing rugby). A year ago I began teaching at a school that is very crowded, where I am exposed to all kinds of stress on my immune system, which has caused me to have multiple herpes outbreaks every month. I started drinking kefir about 5 months ago and have only had one outbreak, which occurred when I missed drinking my kefir for a day.