kefir is wonderful for dogs
Christian the Dog that kefir saved
Some 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
- 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)
- 1 tablespoon Live Kefir Grains
- 3 cups milk - (*1) See note
- 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
- If you have to go on vacation, here is an article to help you. What to Do With Your Cultures While You’re on Vacation.
- 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