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The Dog That Kefir Saved

kefir is wonderful for dogs

Christian the Dog that kefir saved

ChristianSome of the best friends I have today came to me through cultured foods. I meet people who are looking to be well - they either come to one of my classes or they find me through friends to purchase kefir grains. Dionne is one of those people. I immediately liked her and felt connected, too. She is not only a wonderful friend but her little girl, Anna, is one of my daughter's best friends. It so happens that Anna raises chickens and used to be allergic to eggs, but now she can eat them a few times a week without major problems. They feed their chickens wonderful things and this is where I get my eggs from every week.

Dionne has a dog, Christian, that got very sick two years ago in February. He had bloody, explosive stools and vomiting. They took him to the vet and ran tests but couldn't find anything. They put him on three medications that sort of helped, but he had to have a strict diet of chicken and rice. If they deviated from this diet, the bloody diarrhea and vomiting would return. This went on for seven months. In September, Dionne came to my class and got kefir grains and started making kefir smoothies for her family. She thought since it was so good for her family that it might help Christian. She mixed some kefir in his food because she  had run out of medication at that time. In three days of no medication and kefir every day, the bloody stools and stomach upset stopped.  Now Christian has a cup of kefir a day and can eat anything. He is as happy as he can be. Many times when he sees Dionne with the blender making kefir smoothies, he follows her around begging for more. She told me of this story and how awful it had been when he was sick. She could not believe that in three days, after months of being sick, kefir fixed him. They call him, "the dog that kefir saved.

Health Benefits and Stories about Kefir

Christian and me. Kefir lovers forever!I have heard of so many stories of intestinal disorders which have been fixed with kefir

  • I had a man who came to my classes who had been on constipation medication for many years. He got off these medications quickly after consuming kefir for a few weeks.
  • I had another mom who had an infant with terrible ulcers that nothing seemed to help, but within a month of consuming kefir, the ulcers were gone.
  • I had another woman who came to my class whose husband had a rare disease - everything he ate had to be pureed or he would get very sick. After a few weeks on kefir, he could eat solid food again with no problem.

Never underestimate how much the colon loves the bacteria in Kefir. It is these very bacteria  that perform a myriad of functions every day.

The main functions of the colon are absorption of water and minerals, and the formation and elimination of feces. The colon contains nearly sixty varieties of microflora, or bacteria, to aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, to maintain pH balance, and to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

These bacteria provide important functions such as the synthesis of folic acid and valuable nutrients from foods, including vitamins 'K' and portions of the 'B' complex. Bacillus coli and acidophillus comprise the majority of healthy bacteria in the colon along with many other contrasting types of bacteria in lesser numbers.

The process of digestion, from ingestion of food to defecation, normally takes between 12 to 24 hours, assuming that the colon is fully functional and non-toxic. Irregular or infrequent bowel movements can allow toxic residues, from the by-products of undigested foods, to remain in the colon.

Bottom line, your body needs these good bacteria to help them do their job. Give it to your kids, your dogs, and other animals in your house and watch what happens. Kefir saved me, too.

Kefir (Using Live Kefir Grains)

Kefir grains last forever if you take care of them and they can last for generations. Kefir grains are not really grains but rather combinations of good bacteria and yeasts that infuse your milk or non dairy milk with over 50+ good bacteria and good yeasts. They look like little pieces of cauliflower and feel a little rubbery. They’re tough little guys and you can pull them apart, and they just grow more. Kefir grains are a little like having a pet. You have to feed and take care of them but that’s easy to do and I can show you how. If you need more help, check out our Faq's about kefir page.
Servings: 3 Cups

Ingredients

Instructions

Making Kefir

  • Place 1 tablespoon of fresh kefir grains in a glass jar and fill the jar with (2- 3 cups) fresh milk. Add less milk if your home is on the cooler side (68 degrees or below) add more milk if your home is above 75 degrees.
  • Place a lid on the jar and let sit at room temperature for approximately 24 hours (or until the milk has thickened or has become sour tasting). You might see tiny pockets of whey forming, this means it's done.
  • Pour the contents into a strainer and strain the kefir into a container to separate the grains from the liquid kefir.
  • Add fresh milk to the remaining kefir grains, then the whole process is simply repeated for the next batch. Your kefir grains will grow and multiply each week, so increase the milk or remove some of the grains. You can give your extra grains to friends or pets, or you can even blend them up in the blender with a smoothie and drink them. They are good for you!
  • The kefir that went through the strainer (that came in the jar) can be placed in a glass jar to be consumed, immediately. It can also be stored in the fridge. This will last many months in your refrigerator and is preserved by the presence of good bacteria, which keeps the milk safe. However, it will get more sour over time as it will slowly keep fermenting in your fridge. Every 24 hours when your kefir is done, you can add to the batch of the previously made kefir in your fridge or drink it.

Taking a Break from Kefir

Kefir Changes

  • Your kefir can ferment and be thin and pourable or thick like yogurt. The temperature in your house determines how quickly it ferments. In the summer it ferments faster and tends to be thinner. In the winter it ferments more slowly and is usually thicker and creamier

Kefir Seperating

  • If your kefir separates into whey and curds, don’t worry. It’s just a little over fermented and is still good to drink. You'll need to add more milk or shorten the fermenting time or remove some of the grains. Check out this article for more help. Thick and Thin of Kefir

Creamy Kefir

Notes

(*1) Most milk types are acceptable, including whole milk, fat-reduced, non-fat, pasteurized, and homogenized, although I mostly enjoy fresh raw whole cow’s milk to culture kefir.