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  • My chiropractor recommended I add kefir (the homemade stuff with out sugar) to my diet. I made shakes in the morning with my kids favorite fruits and vegetables. My son no longer needed his ADHD medication and his cholesterol returned to normal levels. Kefir was recommended because it ferments at room

    My chiropractor recommended I add kefir (the homemade stuff with out sugar) to my diet. I made shakes in the morning with my kids favorite fruits and vegetables. My son no longer needed his ADHD medication and his cholesterol returned to normal levels. Kefir was recommended because it ferments at room temperature while yogurt loses some of its impact when pasteurized. All I can say is I’m a fan of probiotics.

    In response to the question about how to find kefir.... there’s two types water and milk. There’s great uTube videos on this. I use whole milk, but for those who are lactose intolerant, water kefir is recommended. The kefir grain (that’s what the starter -it’s like yeast - is called) I had was from Hungary. I’ve gone to Amazon to get a starter grain, but you may also find grains from a local natural food store. If others have suggestions or recommendations, please post them.

  • This is hogwash. What probiotics were used and by what brand? What defines healthy volunteers? How were they being monitored over the course of the month? How acidic were their diets? I can do this all day. The gut is the second brain. This has been proven. Actual real fermented foods in diet with high

    This is hogwash. What probiotics were used and by what brand? What defines healthy volunteers? How were they being monitored over the course of the month? How acidic were their diets? I can do this all day. The gut is the second brain. This has been proven. Actual real fermented foods in diet with high quality probiotic supplements have already been proven to balance mood, help with focus, and in some high potency dose studies cure something as severe as schizophrenia. The study was probably funded by the Anti-probiotic commission (I made that up).

  • A decade or more ago I was working on encapsulated probiotics for a really simple reason: if you eat them without encapsulation they die in your stomach. No, not all. And some thrive in acidic environments, but by and large. Fecal transplants are much more effective and much less appealing to discuss than yogurt.

  • Interesting and frustrating. There are so many conflicting studies when it comes to health supplements and vitamins. Trying to be healthy is a lot of work trying to figure this all out!

  • “The gut has a natural property to stop colonisation, as it usually blocks pathogens, and that is something we have to outmanoeuvre."

    Two important aspects to note- the “n” (number) and the duration of the study. 25-50 patients monitored for a month seems too small of a study to even make preliminary

    “The gut has a natural property to stop colonisation, as it usually blocks pathogens, and that is something we have to outmanoeuvre."

    Two important aspects to note- the “n” (number) and the duration of the study. 25-50 patients monitored for a month seems too small of a study to even make preliminary conclusions. Not that people should be rushing to buy probiotics to treat any medical condition/s. Such eye-grabbing headlines make WedMD enthusiasts/ Dr. Googles exult that there is “scientific proof” that probiotics dont work. The unintended consequence is that tomorrow there will be an inconsequential study that claims that eating potato chips makes your tummy happy. And people will toss yogurt and eat potato chips.

    Eating healthy options like yogurt rich in probiotics is good for you- maybe it needs large population based studies conducted over years (if not decades) to prove.

  • Yet, another merchant of Doubt!

    What everyone should know about, is that a professor William Parker PHD from Duke University have established that the Appendix is not a useless appendage, but a valuable part of our digestive system after all. Which acts like a "safe house" or repository for the collection

    Yet, another merchant of Doubt!

    What everyone should know about, is that a professor William Parker PHD from Duke University have established that the Appendix is not a useless appendage, but a valuable part of our digestive system after all. Which acts like a "safe house" or repository for the collection of beneficial good bacteria living in the human gut.

    So why probiotics?

    Because everytime you're sick, on medication, taking antibiotics, or even something as simple as bouts of diarrhea, can kill off and flush out all bad as well as good bacteria from your body, and disrupt the balance necessary to maintain a healthy digestive system, which is literally the cause of almost all of the human bodies ailments.

    So Kefir up, as you need the good bacteria to keep the bad ones in check.

  • This will shock no one except those people still wearing copper bracelets.

  • They helped me tremendously so I don't know why anyone bashes them unless it's Doctors who need them off market to profit!

  • ...until the next study proves otherwise. Do you feel healthier when you eat it? If so, then keep eating it.

  • Hello Amy,

    I was fascinated by your story. How do you make kefir, or do you know of an online resource I can buy it from? I not only have ADHD, but I need to lose a good 50 lbs. I'm familiar with the Lifeway brand, but I've got to keep carbs down. Does it have many carbs?

  • I stopped mine 2 mo ago, wasn’t helping me at all

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