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How much kefir to drink?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I've been alternating between young coconut kefir and goat milk kefir. For the coconut, I drink 2TB in the morning. For the goat kefir, I drink a cup, either in the morning or at night. I don't drink both kefirs on the same day- although I'm not sure if that would be harmful or not.

So my question is, how do I know how much kefir I should be drinking? I get no gut reaction with either. So, should I drink more? And if so, which is better for gut flora? Coconut water or goat milk? And should I just stick with one kind of kefir or is it OK to mix the two?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:45 PM

Fabian, your claims are really off. Goat/sheep milk, have casein A2, which is closer to the human milk than cow milk. Also, with kefir, you're supposed to ferment it for 24 hours to remove all lactose. My people in Greece drank goat/sheep milk without ANY lactose intolerance. People on the Ikaria island live to be 100 yo and they drink goat milk daily (without any fermentation most of the time). This intolerance business, I only saw it after I moved to US, because it's full of cow casein A1 milk, heavily pasteurized. So please hold off your dogmatic views about dairy before you spew them here.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:26 PM

I drink 120-160g of whole milk kefir 3-5 days a week.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 26, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Chris Kresser had an interesting article on Lactose intolerance: http://chriskresser.com/how-to-cure-lactose-intolerance

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 05, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Sorry Favian but if you are going to claim 90% of Europe is lactose intolerant and that Kefir isn't mostly lactose-free you are going to have to site some sources. What you are saying in contra to most literature I've seen an with addition of bogus nonsense like juicing...man...

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

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on October 24, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Thanks, Richard! LOL! Maybe I'll need to try making some so I can get hubby off the bad stuff. =)

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 18, 2011
at 04:16 PM

What do you juice?

E46c729d18071082805378654a2020c5

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Dragonfy is the true expert, but yes I would choose Coconut Kefir every time. Just my personal POV. I'm a big believer in the micro-nutrients from juicing to jump start the system but that might not be the answer you're looking for.

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Fabian, would you advocate young coconut kefir then? Or are you anti-kefir altogether? If so, how do you build your gut flora?

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:22 PM

I thought the bacteria in the kefir ate the lactose. Am I wrong on this??

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:24 PM

People are NOT inherently lactose intolerant. I have never met lac intolerant man in my country.

E46c729d18071082805378654a2020c5

(186)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:21 PM

With all due respect, Kefir does have lactose, greatly reduce compared to say whole milk but this can cause digestive problems for many none the less. As far as who is and isn't lactose intolerant, humans are for the most part all lactose intolerant (up to 90% in some European countries). Just because some people show the symptoms and other do not show them (or the degree to which they show them is greatly reduced) does not mean it does not occur. Not saying I'm absolutely right, (trust me I check my ego at the home page) but I would love to know the benefits of any to kefir.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32546)

on October 17, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Not everyone is lactose intolerant. In any case kefir has no lactose.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Both are fine. You are probably getting different bacteria from each one.

You don't need a large quantity to help with your gut flora--and it's fine to drink as much as you want, as long as you are feeling good & meeting your goals (whatever they are.)

I drink 4-8 oz of raw goats kefir almost every day.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 06, 2013
at 10:26 PM

I drink 120-160g of whole milk kefir 3-5 days a week.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 23, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Have you tried water kefir? Especially with a 2nd fermentation of grape juice. Even your Dr Pepper addicted spouse might give up soda if you started making homemade water kefir. I drink milk kefir in the morning and water kefir in the evening and have not experienced any problems, so I think you can safely drink both of your different kefirs in the same day.

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 24, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Thanks, Richard! LOL! Maybe I'll need to try making some so I can get hubby off the bad stuff. =)

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on February 21, 2014
at 04:29 PM

Your also having to take into account the casein issue. They are finding that maybe most of the population isn't, in fact, allergic to lactose, but casein. The protein is damaged and doesn't assimilate well at all. Cooked milk can actually be the cause of several nasty allergies.

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38140a21d0e8c60efd60e3ac612f9977

on February 21, 2014
at 04:24 PM

Lactose gets broken down by the bacteria.... just sayin'.

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:39 AM

I drink a acup in morning love it and I would do nights but its fermenting until Tommorrow I guess I can save some for night but I do want drink it before I go to bed and when I wake up my hair nails grew face looks healthy I'm in a good mood makes me want work out ..I love it

Denise Las Vegas

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on May 15, 2013
at 04:48 PM

If you are lactose intolerant only drink kefir that has been fermented long enough to have allowed the lactose in the milk to be mostly digested by the kefir bacteria and yeasts. No biggy.

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B4634f9ba40c8f34d050f918939d8878

on March 06, 2013
at 10:17 PM

OH PLEASE!! This isn't that complicated! Drink any kind Kefir you want! If drinking milk Kefir gives you the runs then switch to coconut or water Kefir. If it doesn't then drink a glass or two a day... come on! it won't hurt!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on November 27, 2012
at 01:29 AM

i usually do a tablespoon of kefir in the morning on an empty stomach.

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on November 26, 2012
at 07:36 PM

its developing and processes of growth in within 2-4 days,its ready you may drink up to 7 liter( gotta talk to them good bacterias that kills bad ones, prevent diabetics, and sickness.etc

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:23 PM

When I was 8 years old I used my allowance to buy a whole quart carton of kefir, and downed it in the car on the way home. It came right back up, so that was definitely too much at once. I think your stomach will let you know if you've had too much. From a budget and health perspective, I agree with Dragonfly, you don't need a ton of it to derive the benefits.

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E46c729d18071082805378654a2020c5

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:08 PM

Depending on what part of the world you're in or your caloric goals Kefir may be a staple in your diet. However like it has been discussed on PaleoHacks humans are inherently lactose intolerant. Goat Milk Kefir is doing you more harm than good, because although your getting some high calories, the way it is breaking down in your body it probably isn't nourishing your cells properly and since your cells are the endgame when it comes to nutrition your actually just wasting your money on this.

Coconuts are considered by many to be paleo super foods.

Kill the goat, eat the meat and buy a coconut tree. After that, I would say eliminate any sugars added for taste and go crazy.

E46c729d18071082805378654a2020c5

(186)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:21 PM

With all due respect, Kefir does have lactose, greatly reduce compared to say whole milk but this can cause digestive problems for many none the less. As far as who is and isn't lactose intolerant, humans are for the most part all lactose intolerant (up to 90% in some European countries). Just because some people show the symptoms and other do not show them (or the degree to which they show them is greatly reduced) does not mean it does not occur. Not saying I'm absolutely right, (trust me I check my ego at the home page) but I would love to know the benefits of any to kefir.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:24 PM

People are NOT inherently lactose intolerant. I have never met lac intolerant man in my country.

E46c729d18071082805378654a2020c5

(186)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Dragonfy is the true expert, but yes I would choose Coconut Kefir every time. Just my personal POV. I'm a big believer in the micro-nutrients from juicing to jump start the system but that might not be the answer you're looking for.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32546)

on October 17, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Not everyone is lactose intolerant. In any case kefir has no lactose.

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:22 PM

I thought the bacteria in the kefir ate the lactose. Am I wrong on this??

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Fabian, would you advocate young coconut kefir then? Or are you anti-kefir altogether? If so, how do you build your gut flora?

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on October 18, 2011
at 04:16 PM

What do you juice?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on December 05, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Sorry Favian but if you are going to claim 90% of Europe is lactose intolerant and that Kefir isn't mostly lactose-free you are going to have to site some sources. What you are saying in contra to most literature I've seen an with addition of bogus nonsense like juicing...man...

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 26, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Chris Kresser had an interesting article on Lactose intolerance: http://chriskresser.com/how-to-cure-lactose-intolerance

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 06, 2013
at 10:45 PM

Fabian, your claims are really off. Goat/sheep milk, have casein A2, which is closer to the human milk than cow milk. Also, with kefir, you're supposed to ferment it for 24 hours to remove all lactose. My people in Greece drank goat/sheep milk without ANY lactose intolerance. People on the Ikaria island live to be 100 yo and they drink goat milk daily (without any fermentation most of the time). This intolerance business, I only saw it after I moved to US, because it's full of cow casein A1 milk, heavily pasteurized. So please hold off your dogmatic views about dairy before you spew them here.

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