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Kefir for IBD

Wed, August 26, 2020 8:15 PM


Kefir has been a great "complementary medicine' for my UC.  It has somany nutritiional benfits. It has more beneficial probiotics than any other food or pill and unique probiotics you can't get from any other source.  I has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
I have had a cup of kefir almost daily for he last 3 1/2 years in a fruit smoothie.  I can eat anything I want and am no longer lactose intolerant.  After slowly tapering Imuran, I have not taken it for almost 2 years.  I only take Apriso. After my colonoscopy early this year my gastro dr. told me to keep drinking my kefir.
In my years in remission on Imuran I never went as good as I have while drinking kefir. I go once in the morning like I did beore UC.  It took me years to try it after first reading about it. I didn't believe it could help. My mistake.  Since I was already in remsision when i started drinking kefir, I can't say what it would have done for me while in a flare.  I only know it has helped me stay in remission. I have had severe UC, needed Remicade, Imuran, Apriso, and Prednisone all together to pull me through.  
Google the benefits of Kefir!!!
It may help some of you to check it out like it helped me!
I know for a fact that it has helped me and Doctor says so as well!,help%20to%20reduce%20inflammation4.

FPO UCGeezer
Joined May 15, 2019

Sun, April 25, 2021 4:55 PM

Reply posted for UCGeezer.

I can remember growing up as a kid no one ever ate yogurt. You didn't see it in the store, now it seems everyone eats it or has at least tried it.  When you read about the benefits of fermented foods, it is the first food mentioned. 
Kefir is fermented milk also but it is far more beneficial especially for us with IBD.
It maintains the balance of the gut microbiome. It has replaced yogurt as the probiotic food in our family. If you haven't tried it pick some up next to the yogurt in your grocery. I first read about it in the book Restoring Your Digestive Health by Jordan Rubin. He recommended it with bone broth and a few other things. He healed his severe Crohns and has been medication free for 20 years. 
Kefir is easy to make yourself all it takes is a few grains and little milk. Here are a few more articles worth reading along with the others I have already listed.

FPO UCGeezer
Joined May 15, 2019

Thu, January 07, 2021 10:31 AM

Reply posted for UCGeezer.

I am still benefiting a great deal from kefir, fermented sauerkraut and prebiotics.

Here are a few more helpful articles.

FPO UCGeezer
Joined May 15, 2019

Mon, September 07, 2020 10:31 AM

Reply posted for ejarvis.

Good to hear you are looking into kefir.  I make milk kefir everyday and have also made water kefir.  Both have shown to colonize the digestive tract.  I drank the store bought milk kefir for some time before I started making it.
I've found milk kefir easier to make, less time consuming and actually very good.  I agree it doesn't look appetizing after 24 hours, but once it is strained and the grains removed, it looks like heavy cream.  I add a cup of frozen fruit (prebiotic) and 1 packet of stevia sweetnener to a cup of kefir and blend.  The first week drink half of that to let your system adjust.
If you get to where you have too much or you are going out of town, keep the milk and grains in the fridge to slow the fermentation. I am hooked on the smoothies but experiment and see what you like.
Bottling the water kefir takes more time. I liked it but was too much for me along with the milk kefir.  Hope this helps.
Here is an article I just came across.

FPO UCGeezer
Joined May 15, 2019

Fri, September 04, 2020 7:12 PM

Reply posted for UCGeezer.

Hi! I've actually never heard of kefir before, and I'm super interested in learning more. Did you used the water-based or milk-based version? Also, is the flavor bearable when it's used in a smoothie? After doing some research, it doesn't look very appetizing... But I'm willing to try things that work!

FPO ejarvis
Joined Sep 4, 2020

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