1

votes

bloat from homemade goat kefir - should I abandon or pursue?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I have IBS and I take a high-strength powdered probiotic supplement which I find very helpful. But I've been wanting to increase my probiotic foods as well. So I ordered some kefir grains, bought some organic goat milk and made my first batch of goat kefir.

Twice I've tried it, first thing in the morning - first day about a cup, today about 1/2 cup cup. Have noticed some bloat both times.

I have an unsure relationship with dairy - I avoid all sugars ie. lactose because of my tendency to bloat, so I generally avoid dairy, although I've gone through periods where I just do yoghurt and/or lactose-free products like hard cheeses.

Should I stick with the goat kefir, or just pitch this batch and use the rest of my kefir grains to make kefir water instead? Just not sure how much of the bloat is from the lactose, the casein or whey or whatever else is in dairy, and how much is from the beneficial bacteria.

Also the package of kefir grains says to consume the milk within 48 hours. If I do stick with it, can I drink it over the next week or so?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on October 18, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Does other dairy have the same effect on you? Acne seems to be a common reaction to dairy - my cousin notices a big difference in her skin now that she's dairy free.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:24 AM

I would ignore 48 hours. I strain my kefir after about 24 / 30 hours and the kefir then goes into a jar in the fridge. I'll drink it over several days while the next lot is fermenting...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 15, 2012
at 09:03 PM

You may react differently once it's fermented.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:14 PM

thanks. I find coconut milk has too much of a laxative effect for me.

  • F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

    asked by

    (11698)
  • Views
    4.3K
  • Last Activity
    1286D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

5 Answers

1
F53337ff91a756d831d9660a5e994cf9

on October 18, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Goat kefir was not for me. made me break out with cystic acne just like regular milk. I am really curious as to why.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on October 18, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Does other dairy have the same effect on you? Acne seems to be a common reaction to dairy - my cousin notices a big difference in her skin now that she's dairy free.

1
3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on May 29, 2012
at 07:01 PM

As others said, with kefir you will have to start slowly, 1/2 cup in the beginning, and as the grains grow, you make and drink more. Leave it to ferment for 36 hours, so this way most lactose goes away (it will be sour, add berries and walnuts in it to make it more eatable). Kefir will make your body to produce more lactase over time, so your relationship with dairy will get better. Just give it time.

I have IBS too btw, and while most of it went away since I went Paleo, some incidents still occurred. From the moment I went goat kefir too, things got way better.

1
1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Your gut is probably just changing some.. give it a few days or a week, expose your gut to smaller doses. If it keeps up, might want to stop. ;)

1
9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on May 15, 2012
at 04:54 PM

I have been there multiple times--Could be your body getting adjusted to the different probiotic strains. Try drinking a less (1/4 cup max) Your body will adjust to in a few days, then add a bit more again for a few days. etc..

0
61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:00 PM

You can try coconut-milk kefir instead: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/03/how-to-make-coconut-milk-kefir.html

You get all of the benefits of the kefir without the problems associated with dairy.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:14 PM

thanks. I find coconut milk has too much of a laxative effect for me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 15, 2012
at 09:03 PM

You may react differently once it's fermented.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!