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Well, I was totally convinced that milk kefir was a cool way of getting the super probiotics into my diet. I could easily find it, make it and add it on top of my quinoa porridge in the morning. Easy! I managed to figure out how to make it too, which I was very proud of – I had my own little science experiments running in my kitchen. (Just bought some milk kefir from a health shop and let it sit on the windowsill for a day, then added some milk to it and let it sit for a further couple of days.)
So, here I was drinking my milk kefir every morning and even adding some of it to a cocoa drink or smoothy on occasion. I really thought it would help my digestion. The first couple of days… it really did. Things were going well. I had nice, regular movements and they were well…. firm.
Then…. the signals started to appear. The first obvious one was that I started to get that phlegmy feeling in my throat again. I hadn’t experienced this for years! I read more about it and read that mucous can actually be a good thing for the gut as it gives it nice warm spaces to build colonies of good bacteria. So, I thought – oh well, I shall live with this for a little while until the bacteria settle in nicely.
Over a few days, my skin started to get bad too. I was getting pimples and break-outs again… what was going on?
I wasn’t prepared to give up my milk kefir just yet, so I decided to do some more research about what might be going on.
What I discovered was quite interesting….
I kinda knew that the medium of using milk might be the problem all along. I was doubting whether I should use milk as my medium for carrying the probiotics, to begin with. See, there is a reason why milk is not great for our diets.
It contains a protein which is hard for our bodies to digest, called casein. Casein is a protein, which once it enters our stomachs, becomes a big lump of sticky mass. Now, this is totally normal and athletes quite like using casein powder as it releases protein in a slow fashion. The thing with me – and possibly you too – is that my system just wasn’t ready for this casein protein. I was struggling to digest it!
The second problem was that milk, as a medium, dehydrates the body. I was drinking anywhere from a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of kefir milk each day. I was eating my regular diet but it didn’t seem to help. I drank heaps more water than usual and ate heaps more raw carrots too… but it didn’t seem to help. I hate being constipated! It is the worst feeling for me!
I discovered that milk is rich in calcium and phosphorous but that it is low in magnesium. The problem is, our bodies need magnesium to assimilate the calcium and phosphorous. So, it draws the magnesium from stores in the body. This may have depleted my magnesium stores – which makes one constipated.
So, it has been 2 days of no kefir milk – James is enjoying it now and I am now experimenting with coconut kefir. It might be a better medium for me!
I know that often we are more concerned about getting the good bacteria into our bodies with fermentation but I still think the medium that we choose should be the right one. There are so many different mediums to choose from, we might as well choose the ones that give our bodies more good stuff!
I am keen to experiment with all the different kefirs out there! There is even one they make in Russia using beetroot!
I know some of you swear by milk kefir. What was your experience? Does the body get stronger and then able to digest the milk kefir? Did you use other fermented foods to go with it?