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The anti-allergenic properties of milk kefir

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Oral administration of milk kefir and soymilk kefir for 28 days significantly increased the fecal populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, while it significantly decreased those of Clostridium perfringens.

Milk kefir and soymilk kefir also significantly decreased the serum OVA-specific IgE and IgG1 levels for both groups, but not those of the IgG2a analogues. Consumption of milk kefir and soymilk kefir suppressed the IgE and IgG1 responses and altered the intestinal microflora in our supplemented group, suggesting that milk kefir and soymilk kefir may be considered among the more promising food components in terms of preventing food allergy and enhancement of mucosal resistance to gastrointestinal pathogen infection.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/j...90958/abstract




Research published by the Society of Chemical Industry reports kefir contains bacteria which could help reduce allergic responses. The research indicated that feeding babies kefir may help to protect against some food allergies.
http://stanford.wellsphere.com/diges...lergies/370766

Pat- the kefir advocacy foundation.
post #2 of 41
What do you think of giving it to a baby or toddler who is already allergic or sensitive to dairy?
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What do you think of giving it to a baby or toddler who is already allergic or sensitive to dairy?
I wouldn't give it to anyone with an IgE allergy, or with sudden rash, or vomiting as the symptom.

But, I'd have given homemade RAW goat's milk kefir to my son, if I had known then, what I know now. He was "dairy intolerant" and we avoided all dairy until about age four.

With an "intolerance" to commercial pasteurized dairy, of green mucusy stool, not bloody, I'd consider commercial, pasteurized goat's milk kefir. But, I wouldn't do commercial pasteurized cow's milk kefir, personally. The casein is A1 which is more allergenic than goat's milk casein.

I'd do homemade raw gurnsey cow's milk kefir, maybe. But, I'd MUCH rather homemade, raw goat's milk kefir! And probably even try homemade, pasteurized cow or goat's milk kefir.

Basically, homemade is best, raw is next priority, goat is next priority, IMO.


HTH, Pat
post #4 of 41
How about raw coconut cream kefir?
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How about raw coconut cream kefir?



Pat
post #6 of 41
thank you for posting this, it makes me feel good to read something like this! sometimes i worry that im doing the wrong thing giving her the gm kefir, but i know in my heart she is much better with it than without! it def helps her stool without a shadow of a doubt.
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Pat- the kefir advocacy foundation.
You and your kefir...

You know, I gave DD a sip of my water kefir (made with honey) the other day, and now she won't stop yelling until I give her some when she sees the bottle. She loves it!!
post #8 of 41
Such cool info Pat
post #9 of 41
I really need to make some damn kefir already!
Once I get over the unknown I'm sure we'll have it all the time.
Great info, oh queen of kefir promotion.
post #10 of 41
Pat, you are an excellent kefir-pusher. And it's making me think that a goat's milk kefir could be good for my daughter. I don't think my son or I could do it, but her gut is a lot more sensitive than ours, maybe I need to think about adding this in somehow for her. I think we needed to all be dairy-free for a while, but it's been a year and a half and hey, sometimes the next good thing just jumps out at me.

Quick question--flavor-wise, how is it? I've never had kefir, neither has my daughter, and I don't know what to expect. She drank goat's milk (from powder) without issue a couple years ago, and she used to eat store-bought yogurt (with sweeteners, I was slowly transitioning to plain with fruit when we cut out dairy), so how will that first sip of kefir go?
post #11 of 41
the one that i get (redwood hills farms plain goat milk kefir - no other ingredients) is pretty good. its got that strong kinda goat-cheesey mixed with yogurt flavor, but i blend it with a banana and dd likes to drink it with a straw. she needed a little while to get used to it, but the banana def helps!
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My husband makes faces about drinking the kefir. The water kefir is yummy, imo. Dh says 'it is ok'. But, you only need 1 Tbls to get *significant* benefits from the homemade kefir. The store bought kefir has many fewer beneficial probiotics. Definitely easy and worth it though!!

Did you see the "Got Kefir?" thread? It has a bunch of recipes. However, all the recipes which cook the kefir, kills the probiotic benefits. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=203282

I also just put a tablespoon of kefir into ds's rice milk, when he has that on cereal or drinks it.

You can make some juice/kefir popsicles too. Any no-bake recipe for cookies or goodies can have a tablespoon of kefir added. Or to frosting, if you do a topping.

Those chocolate coconut balls with the coconut oil, rolled in chocolate are fabulous too. And you can just add a bit of kefir to the mix.

Ds won't drink it straight. I make a chocolate milkshake with almonds, kefir and raw milk for dh and me. But, coconut milk will work as well, with or without the nuts.

Add the kefir and some maple syrup to already prepared oatmeal. Or make a coconut syrup for pancakes with coconut milk kefir.

You can do the same without coconut milk, just use whatever "milk" you use. Or make juice kefir.

I make grape juice kefir with a portion of my milk kefir grains. That is simple. I just put the grains in 100% grape juice and it ferments for 24 hours. It is delicous. Ds drinks that straight or diluted with some juice/water. It isn't tart, it is not sweet. Adding a bit of juice sweetens it. But, I still dilute it a bit with water.

Same with smoothies, add a bit of juice kefir. Freeze the excess for popsicles.


HTH, Pat
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My favorite subject. :


Pat
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Kefir in every cupboard!


Pat
post #15 of 41

how do I make coconut milk kefir?

Ok, so what I need to make coconut milk kefir?

My daughter is allergic (hives) to dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, nuts and sesame. She is almost 3.

Can I get dairy free kefir starter?

Then how do I make it? Please? I would love to make it for her (and the rest of us).

Thanks,
Leela

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post #16 of 41
What the heck is water kefir anyway? I've had regular milk kefir a few times when I was a kid, but I've never seen water kefir.
post #17 of 41
Leela, I don't know, but I betcha Pat does.

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What the heck is water kefir anyway? I've had regular milk kefir a few times when I was a kid, but I've never seen water kefir.
You need water kefir grains (mostly you buy those, they're slightly different than milk kefir grains, and they'll keep growing in a sugar-water solution, whereas the milk kefir grains will live for a while but stop growing, and maybe eventually die), and water, and a type of sugar (people use different types, some plain white, some rapadura-type stuff, along those lines, honey is questionable given its anti-bacterial properties), and then optional fruit flavorings.

To me, it seemed like there was some sugar remaining, but much of it is consumed by the bacteria. Some people add flavorings (lemon wedges and dried figs are popular) right away, some add them after the grains have been strained out.
post #18 of 41
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Water kefir is dairy-free.

To make coconut water kefir. Take coconut water (clear liquid from a coconut or canned coconut water) plus water kefir grains, set in cupboard for 24-48 hours. Strain and drink. Start with small amounts.

You can get water kefir grains for the asking on the Allergies forum, Traditional Foods forum, or in Swaps.


Pat
post #19 of 41
You can also buy water kefir grains, one of the users, dogmom (with some numbers at the end) sells them. It can be hard to find people with extra water kefir grains IME.
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