Someone mentioned in another thread about how it's not a good idea to start drinking kombucha during pregnancy/BFing, but that kefir was ok. That got me thinking... what are the differences between the two? I know only that they are both a fermented drink.
I've been drinking kombucha for a couple months, and am totally addicted. I just started brewing my own, and my next step is to try making water kefir (we are dairy-free), which I've never even tasted. But we're working on some serious gut healing for food allergies, yeast issues, etc... so I'm working on getting more fermented foods into my diet.
So hit me with some kombucha/kefir knowledge mamas!
Mom to DD1 (10/07) and DD2 (3/11) I blog about our life with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders.
I read somewhere that the difference is the species of bacteria.
Also, kefir would be something you used for nutritional value, to colonize the intestinal tract, and more of a food than kombucha. Kombucha always produces detox symptoms in me and I have been drinking it awhile, so it may not be the best time during pregnancy to drink too much of it. I think of it more of a supplemental food.
I did drink it while pregnant however, and occasionally now during nursing. But there is a natural rest period between brewing batches that occurs anyway, and it is longer than a batch of kefir. I tend to use that as a guide on how often to drink mine.