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Doctor insights on: Kefir Health Risks

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I got this new drink called kefir and it says its good for intestinal health. but what all does it do ? Will it help control Ibs

I got this new drink called kefir and it says its good for intestinal health. but what all does it do ? Will it help control Ibs

It aids digestion: Kefir is a probiotic drink. In this case, it is a fermented milk drink similar to yogurt, except in liquid form. It contains Lactobacillus Kefiranofaciens. The idea is that the lactobacillus replaces the bad bacteria in your stomach, and makes digestion smoother. It can also in theory decrease gas and reflux symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Which are the benefits of using kefir in my diet?

Which are the benefits of using kefir in my diet?

Probiotic, vits,min: Kefir is a fermented dairy product, similar to but different from yogurt. Both will have probiotic (gut friendly)bacteria, are low lactose dairy (bacteria digest some of the lactose), good source of protein, calcium, magnesium , b6, b12, phosphorus; tasty and nutritious. Drink up! ...Read more

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Does kefir water hurt divertilitus?

Does kefir water hurt divertilitus?

Should not: Kefir water is a byproduct of the milk culture product Kefir. It should not be harmful to diverticulosis condition. Diverticulosis is thought to be worsened with overweight, smoking, low fiber rich diet, constipation. ...Read more

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How much Kefir is actually good for you, for losing weight?

How much Kefir is actually good for you, for losing weight?

Not relevant, sorry: Kefir is not a weight loss agent. Big people get big by eating big people food...wheat, sugar, potatoes, fruit juice, soda, artificial sweeteners...etc. If you are serious about losing weight, then stop eating these highly addictive foods. Then calories, time of day, and even amount of food is no longer important....your body will seek the weight it wants to be. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Is kefir effective against diarhea?

Is kefir effective against diarhea?

Against some: Kefir has probiotics which are "good" bacteria. Probiotics have been shown to be helpful in shortening the time course or minimizing the severity of certain kinds of diarrhea but not all types. Consult your physician to determine if probiotics will be effective for the type of diarrhea you have. ...Read more

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Will water kefir hurt diverticulitis?

Will water kefir hurt diverticulitis?

Unlikely : Liquids or water should not result in attack of diverticulitis but no one knows for sure what brings on an attack. ...Read more

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What's the difference between taking a probiotic in pill form, and consuming fermented foods high in probiotics like kefir?

What's the difference between taking a probiotic in pill form, and consuming fermented foods high in probiotics like kefir?

Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. Pros and fermented foods have similar qualities but look for higher number of strains in pros rather than higher amounts. They interact. ...Read more

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Is kefir really good for weight loss...?

Is kefir really good for weight loss...?

Weight loss: The best thing for weight loss is to burn more calories than what you take in. Eating small portions of well balanced meals and exercising regularly will keep you fit and healthy. Kefir is a good source of calcium, try to drink the low fat one, has less calories. Take care! ...Read more

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Is Kefir safe with Warfarin and then have INR checked?

Is Kefir safe with Warfarin and then have INR checked?

Talk to doctor: As I may have mentioned earlier, do not take any medications, supplements, herbals, over the counter drugs etc without discussing it with the doctor who prescribed Warfarin. Effect of Warfarin can be upset by many chemicals, including change in diet. ...Read more

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Is kefir useful in lactose intolerance pt. How it use in children?

Is kefir useful in lactose intolerance pt. 
How it use in children?

Kefir milk: has reduced lactose, the sugar in milk, due to fermentation with the kefir grains, which contain lactic acid producing bacteria and some yeasts. The milk is usually allowed to ferment at room temperature overnight and results in a somewhat acid milk like thin yogurt. Formula is usually recommended for infants until 12 months, but then it can be used in place of milk in a child's diet. ...Read more

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Is kefir beneficial? I've begun making daily fruit smoothies with it

Is kefir beneficial? I've begun making daily fruit smoothies with it

Many say yes: Kefir contains natural robotics which help to establish, support, and nourish the body friendly bacteria. The average person has 3 pounds of bacteria in and on them . Usually we live in balance with these, but some times 'bad' bacteria get inside us, upset that balance and make us sick. With fruit it tastes good too! ...Read more

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Would it be too much bacteria to drink kefir and eat yogurt at the same time?

Would it be too much bacteria to drink kefir and eat yogurt at the same time?

Should be fine: Assuming you are otherwise in good health, it should be fine to drink kefir and eat yogurt as part of a balanced eating plan. ...Read more

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Difference in effectiveness between pill form and liquid form of probiotics? (such as Kefir)

Difference in effectiveness between pill form and liquid form of probiotics? (such as Kefir)

Both together: Probiotics consumed as food very important for welness, immunity , gut anti-inflammatory. In addition extra high dose quality probiotics proved to be benefical as prevention and adjunct treatment of inflammatory bowel problems. Yes , combine both Kefir 4 oz + Pomograneye juice 2 oz , Danactive + VSL#3 450 bil daily as breakfast. Add fresh produce , Fish, flax, ( products as VSL, Visbiome- good. ...Read more

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I'm on tinidazole and drank some sweetened kefir which i did not know had some alcohol in it. Is the content significant enough to cause a reaction?

I'm on tinidazole and drank some sweetened kefir which i did not know had some alcohol in it. Is the content significant enough to cause a reaction?

Azoles: If you drank enough alcohol to interact with tinidazole you will know about it very quickly. The degree to which you will react will depend upon the quantity of alcohol you consumed. If you are now having abdominal pain and are nauseated, you are having an antabuse-like reaction. ...Read more

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In regards to cystic fibrosis, can kefir help the disease?

In regards to cystic fibrosis, can kefir help the disease?

Possibly...: There are some studies to suggest that probiotics can have a positive effect on the immune system and may help CF patients fend off infections. Your CF doctor should be able to give you more info. See http://cfcenter.Stanford.Edu/services/nutrition.Html. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have kefir if you have GERD or esophagitis? Can it help at all?

Is it safe to have kefir if you have GERD or esophagitis? Can it help at all?

Need more info: Not familiar with kefir. If you have GERD or esophagitis it should be treated by your family physician and/or a gastroenterologist with an FDA approved medication. These conditions if left untreated properly, can lead to more severe problems. ...Read more

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Is fermented drinks such as kefir safe for the liver and kidneys? Do they contain alcohol?

Is fermented drinks such as kefir safe for the liver and kidneys? Do they contain alcohol?

Etoh in kefir: From what I just found out by googling the alcohol content of Kefir it depends on how it is made. Amazing what u can find on google. Try it sometime. The highest % ETOH is 3%. So convert your source ETOH % to how much you drink a day and see if you exceed 4 Oz of ETOH a day. If not should be OK. Seems like a lot of kefir. Cheers! ...Read more