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Water kefir sugar issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 08, 2012 at 7:43 AM

So I have been eating one meal a day for a few months and have often 'broken the fast' with a bowl of excess water kefir grains from the 'tibicos'/water kefir I brew. Afterwards, in short periods afterwards (up to an hour), I get cold hands and headachy, which suggests to me something to do with blood sugar disturbances.

I usually eat carbohydrates in quantities around the times when I'm active, and havn't been lately, so higher fat and protein has been order of the day. Physiological insulin resistance can set in yeah... But I was under the impression though that the sugar content of water kefir was pretty low.

Am I missing something with the sugar content of the grains themselves? And is what I said plausible/your thoughts...?

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on October 26, 2012
at 06:51 AM

Yeah probably intuition could be best if it happenes often. Any ideas as to what mechanism it could relate to? Something to do with yeast perhaps?

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on October 26, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Thanks. Like you say it can be a (sort of) silent killer so I will do some testing... I've finally procured one a couple of days ago and look forward to getting some data... You in part spurred me on, thanks.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:35 PM

It is well worth it. Diabetes is an ugly disease, especially when it takes so long before symptoms can lead to a diagnosis. I was experiencing no symptoms, but figured out I had blood sugar issues because I tested my glucose levels on a whim. My 30-yr-old sister was diagnose with gestational diabetes and it made me think. Mine was caught very early and, as frustrating as it can be to deal with, I didn't suffer any of the life-threatening issues that can come from not catching it until glucose levels are off the charts.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Ta. I looked into getting one a while ago but the cheapskate in my head hasn't yet relented enough for me to get one :(. They are a little more expensive in Australia than they are in ther US...

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Thanks. I'd love to knoww what the analysis shows whenever you find out :)

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 08, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I would recommend testing your blood sugar theory to determine whether or not it is, in fact, blood sugar related. A glucometer can be picked up from any drug store (at least in the States) for less than $20. They come with a limited amount test strips, so you can at least test a few times with it straight out of the box.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Ta. I looked into getting one a while ago but the cheapskate in my head hasn't yet relented enough for me to get one :(. They are a little more expensive in Australia than they are in ther US...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:35 PM

It is well worth it. Diabetes is an ugly disease, especially when it takes so long before symptoms can lead to a diagnosis. I was experiencing no symptoms, but figured out I had blood sugar issues because I tested my glucose levels on a whim. My 30-yr-old sister was diagnose with gestational diabetes and it made me think. Mine was caught very early and, as frustrating as it can be to deal with, I didn't suffer any of the life-threatening issues that can come from not catching it until glucose levels are off the charts.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 26, 2012
at 06:49 AM

Thanks. Like you say it can be a (sort of) silent killer so I will do some testing... I've finally procured one a couple of days ago and look forward to getting some data... You in part spurred me on, thanks.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:31 PM

A glucose meter is the best way to test your reaction. And if it makes you feel bad maybe your body is telling you something even if its not a sugar issue.

DH is a winemaker. I made some water kefir from milk kefir grains, and he analyzed it for me in his lab. It was about 5% sugar. I ended up not drinking it because it didn't taste great--I'm waiting on some water kefir grains and he will run the resulting product to see if it's different. That won't test the grains themselves, however.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 11, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Thanks. I'd love to knoww what the analysis shows whenever you find out :)

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on October 26, 2012
at 06:51 AM

Yeah probably intuition could be best if it happenes often. Any ideas as to what mechanism it could relate to? Something to do with yeast perhaps?

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07485942890ae3b610fa2945a94a3680

on November 18, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Regarding consuming water kefir grains. The grains DO contain a number of yeast strains including Sachromyces Cerevisiae. You might be having a reaction to the yeast or the mycotoxins if you are sensitive to those.

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07485942890ae3b610fa2945a94a3680

on November 18, 2013
at 05:51 PM

I know this is an old post but I thought I would chime in with my experience.

I eat fairly low carb and have for almost 2 years now e.g. between 50 - 100 g per day. Normally I experience quite a bit of physiological insulin resistance meaning my blood glucose tends to rise the longer I fast usually up to around 105 mg/dl but I have seen as high as 114 mg/dl after a fasted workout. This is the bodies way of preserving glucose for the brain while the muscles run on fat (glycerols) See Petro Dobromylskyj's blog for more on this topic.

BTW, my HbA1C has been 5.1% for the past 2 years now.

I usually consume my carbs or sugars in the evening. On average my 1 hour post prandial tends to be 120 mg/dl or lower. Sometimes within an hour BG is lower than before food. Just out of curiosity I checked my BG a half hour after consuming 16oz of water kefir. I was shocked to see my BG at 178 mg/dl. My BG dropped below 99 mg/dl within an hour but needless to say water kefir is fairly sugary even after fermentation. This might be a reason to use other probiotic foods like lacto fermented vegetables etc.

I am avoiding sugar to avoid AGE's (advance glycated end products) so this is compelling enough for me.

One blog I read said water kefir tends to consume the glucose portion of sucrose and leaves behind the fructose. Not sure if this is true but that would account for the sweet taste.

So beware if you are trying to reduce sugar exposure!

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on May 13, 2013
at 03:54 PM

so what was the result of the analysis with the water kefir grains, Janknitz??

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