Kefir is a safe and very helpful organic beverage. It is made from probiotic-rich kefir grains and milk. You know that milk is highly nutritious already, but having been fermented with kefir grains, your regular glass of milk becomes a living beverage that can cleanse your digestive tract and flush out pathogens and with them every associated disease. The grains are made of living and beneficial yeast and bacteria, not chemically or synthetically manufactured ingredients. Kefir is safe.
However, allergic reactions can happen anytime, anywhere and with anything, even with the healthiest foods or beverages. Take milk, for instance. Everybody begins life with milk, your mother’s milk or processed. It’s definitely healthy yet there are people who cannot tolerate lactose. Some even died from drinking or eating dairy. You never know when an allergy might attack.
Every one’s body is different so listen to your own body. If you’re having a bad reaction to drinking kefir, stop drinking it immediately. It is rare that I hear people having allergic reaction to drinking kefir. Mostly they tell me it even made a great change in their health and lifestyle.
Below are possible reasons, my guesses at least, why you get allergic reactions or become upset after drinking kefir.
The first thing you should consider is the milk. Since kefir works for any and every type of milk, you don’t have to be choosy since you have a wide variety to choose from. I have not tried goat’s milk but many say using it produces the creamiest dairy kefir. If you think pure raw milk won’t settle well in your stomach, then go with the usual pasteurized milk you see in the grocery.
If someone gets an allergy after drinking kefir, it makes more sense that the allergy was from the milk than the kefir. Most milk allergies are from the milk found in cow’s milk. To treat this type of allergy, take kefir using other types of milk. Try goat’s milk.
Milk kefir should agree with lactose intolerant, too. The bacteria in your kefir grains feed on lactose, which means a kefir drink has much less lactose than regular milk since most have been eaten up already. But just in case you don’t want to risk it, you can use soy milk or almond milk instead. Or, perhaps it’s time that you switch to water kefir.
Another probable cause is the yeast content. A kefir grain is a living substance that has been produced from the symbiotic relationship of living bacteria and yeast (fungi). These are friendly microbes that will do good to your body than harm, but there are people who can’t stand yeast. This condition is called candidiasis.
Candidiasis is fungal infection and this may indeed be triggered by kefir but not always. The allergy could trigger asthma attacks, fever, skin rashes and swelling. It is best to try kefir at small portions, say about 1 tablespoon a day to determine if it was really the trigger.
The most common trigger for candidiasis is the Candida albica yeast. What’s in kefir is Candida kefir, which is in fact a cannibalistic kind that eats Candida albica! In other words, kefir could, in fact, be a cure to candidiasis and many experts and users believe this to be so.
Meanwhile, another possible cause for itchiness or swelling from taking kefir is the quality of the kefir you bought from the store. Experts and long-time users always advise to buy and use real kefir grains instead of store-bought starters or ready-to-drink kefir. If you are a first time user of kefir, I suggest you make homemade kefir drink instead of the store-bought kefir. This will ensure you that the kefir will be fresh and really live kefir grains.
It shouldn’t be a problem. Real kefir grains are widely available on-line and preparing your own kefir is not difficult to do.
Generally speaking, kefir should cure allergies not cause them. This thousand-year-old health beverage has been proven to improve your skin condition and get rid of acne, eczema and other skin problems. If it’s causing you to have allergic reactions, it shouldn’t be the kefir itself, but instead any of its many contents including the alcohol. Kefir is a fermented drink; it is acidic, which means there is a certain level of alcohol content, perhaps as tiny as how much you can find in vinegar.
There is also a chance that the jar or utensils used have been contaminated.
At any rate, I believe every human being on this planet should take kefir. The risk is very little compared to its so many benefits. And compared with commercial drugs and their side effects, the risk from taking kefir is very, very close to nil. Through the years, kefir has been proven to treat asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, ulcer, depression, lung problems, digestive problems, heart conditions and cancer, to name a few. And what are the side effects? Minor stomach upset.
I got stomach upset the first time I drank kefir, but it’s probably due to the drink’s sourness. I don’t know many people who drink sour beverages on a regular basis. I have not gotten used to the sourness until today, to be honest, but it’s not causing any discomfort at all.
Kefir is safe for children, the elderly, lactose intolerant, diabetic patients and even pregnant women. Experts not only allow pregnant women to drink kefir, they also encourage it. The National Kefir Association said, “Pregnant and nursing women are advised to drink kefir in order to absorb essential nutrients, increase immunity and aid the body’s adjustment to hormonal changes. But hormonal imbalances cause problems for women at all life stages, often in the form of irritating and even life threatening infections, such as yeast overgrowth, caused by depletion of good bacteria. Fortunately probiotic-filled Kefir can help prevent and even treat many such infections.”