I’m open to trying anything that is low cost and which might help me feel better in any way without getting too caught up in fads.
A friend in Australia (a health food nut) was raving about the amazing effects of Kefir. She had been using it just a week and was already feeling huge health benefits. Then I took it as a sign from above when another friend (definitely not a health freak) here in the UK popped around and started raving about it too later the same day. I’d never heard of it so it was interesting that two friends on opposite sides of the planet were both enthusing about the stuff. I had to investigate.
I did some research online and decided to give it a go. I did suffer from some digestive tract issues, heartburn and symptoms of IBS as well as bloating and I have reacted well to consuming the little probiotic yoghurt type drinks in past in terms of energy levels and general sense of well being. Most of those issues have cleared already from being on this path to the new me but there were other benefits I couldn’t ignore.
One of my brother’s died young from bowel cancer and so colon and bowel health are really uppermost in my mind with it being a cancer known to have genetic connections (nobody else in the super huge family ever had it but that’s not to say it wasn’t around somewhere or isn’t around somewhere). Clearly sibling genetics are potentially the most similar in that they are made up of a combination of two unique sets of chromosomes and so we have to consider that one of us could also wind up facing a similar fate. I figured anything which might stave that off and improve my bowel health can only be good.
So… gosh I need to learn to keep to the point…I bought some Kefir culture. I bought it over ebay, it cost £2.00, free postage, came next day and looked just like this:
It was packaged up in a tiny zip lock bag and then inserted in another larger zip lock bag and then all of that was inside a padded envelope. It was all in tact and smelled like fresh yoghurt when I opened it. I had read about what to do with it so I dropped it into a jar of milk (I can’t bring myself to use whole milk recommended as the ideal but I did use half-fat), screwed on the lid, left it in a warmish place out of the sunlight went back and agitated it twice over the 24 hour period and released the cap when I realised that it was growing tighter due to the emissions from the liquid.
This morning I strained it through muslin cloth (purpose bought for the task, I got a meter of the stuff and cut it into big squares so I could strain, wash and re-use) and drank it.
It was totally disgusting. Sour, frothy fermented milk, very barely tasting of yoghurt. I have been sent an ebook telling me how to make it taste better so I need to read that quick!
My culture had grown in size as it is supposed to which indicated to me that it was fermented appropriately.
Now the culture is in a bigger jar so that tomorrow everyone can have some… the kids are going to LOVE this one (demonic laugh).
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, my plan is to drink it every day and wait for the effects to start making themselves known.
Here’s some info on it if you’re interested:
Live culture is easier to come by in the States and Australia (from what I’ve seen on the internet) but it is possible to find in the UK, if you want some and are prepared to wait a few weeks I should be able to send some myself. It’s a bit like sour dough where you need a friend to give you a starter and then you make your own and spread the love. If you can’t wait I got mine here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301120763559?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
You can buy ready made Kefir fruit drinks in supermarkets (not sure which ones I’ve never seen it but then it is a pretty new thing in the UK by the looks of it) but it has to be better to make your own, you know what is in it and it’s so much cheaper.