You want pro-biotics? Drink kefir.

Drink kefir

FOUR species in Brown Cow All Natural Yogurt
Lactobacillus acidophilus (PB8, kefir)
Lactobacillus bificus (B. bifidum, PB8)
Lactobacillus bulgaricus (kefir)
Streptococcus thermophilus (kefir)

EIGHT species in Nutrition Now PB8, ranked Best Value by Lab Door
Bifidobacterium animalis
Bifidobacterium bifidum (L. bificus, yogurt)
Bifidobacterium longum
Lactobacillus acidophilus (yogurt, kefir)
Lactobacillus casei (kefir)
Lactobacillus plantarum (kefir)
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (kefir)
Lactobacillus salivarius

FIFTY-SIX species in milk kefir made with live kefir grains
Acetobacter aceti
Acetobacter rasens
(Note: Candida albicans is the bad one)
Candida friedrichii
Candida humilis
Candida inconspicua
Candida maris
Candida rancens
Candida tenuis
Candida Yarrowia lipolytica (Candida lipolytica)
Cryptococcus humicolus
Debaryomyces hansenii (Candida famata)
Debaryomyces [Schwanniomyces] occidentalis
Dekkera anomala (Brettanomyces anomalus)
Enterococcus durans
Galactomyces geotrichum (Geotrichum candidum)
Issatchenkia orientalis (Candida krusei)
Kluyveromyces bulgaricus
Kluyveromyces lactis var. lactis
Kluyveromyces lodderae
Kluyveromyces marxianus (Candida kefyr)
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus brevis [Possibly now Lb. kefiri]
Lactobacillus casei subsp. casei
Lactobacillus casei subsp. rhamnosus
Lactobacillus cellobiosus
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis
Lactobacillus fermentum
Lactobacillus fructivorans
Lactobacillus helveticus
Lactobacillus helveticus subsp. lactis
Lactobacillus hilgardii
Lactobacillus kefiri
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefiranofaciens
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefirgranum
Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei
Lactobacillus parakefiri
Lactobacillus plantarum
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. mesenteroides
Leuconostoc dextranicum
Pichia fermentans (C. firmetaria)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Saccharomyces exiguus
Saccharomyces humaticus
Saccharomyces pastorianus
Saccharomyces subsp. torulopsis holmii
Saccharomyces turicensis sp. nov
Saccharomyces unisporus
(Note: Streptococcus pyogenes is the bad one)
Streptococcus paracitrovorus
Streptococcus thermophilus
Torulaspora delbrueckii
Zygosaccharomyces rouxii



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8 responses to “You want pro-biotics? Drink kefir.

  1. That’s a lot of flora in the food! Which is a good thing.

    It really is important to eat some good pro-biotics stuff. I may have to try the kefir. When I’m traveling, I stay away from the American breakfast of coffee and donuts and go with the “James Bond breakfast” of:

    1. Fruit (green figs for JB, blueberries for me, if I can get them).
    2. Yogurt
    3. Coffee

    The fruit keeps you in vitamin C and fiber and provides something to put in your yogurt, which provides the pro-biotics and just about everything else you need. The coffee… because coffee. 🙂


    • chrissythehyphenated

      As I understand it, the probies in yogurt are lunch wagons … all they do is pass through town feeding the gut biome that’s already there (good or bad).

      The probies in kefir are a militant occupying army that kills off bad biotics to make room for its own offspring to set up housekeeping on the walls of the GI tract.

      The GI tract biome constitutes 75% to 80% of the body’s immune system. If you have a healthy gut, you have a healthy body.

      But if you have a sick gut, the rest of the immune system can’t cope. Its way of not coping is to get all twitterpated about stuff that isn’t bad (like food) while wimping out on the stuff that is really awful (like malignant cells).


  2. I need to find/ make some of that milk kefir. I’ve been starting to have trouble with raw fruits and vegetables, and I think its because years of artificial sweeteners (before we knew how disruptive they were) really screwed all that stuff up inside . . .


  3. Thanks for the good info Chrissy. I’m definitely going to try this.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Let me know when you’re ready to make your own. It’s way cheaper plus you have control over ingredients.

      I sent kombucha and kefir cultures to ZM and GP on Monday; they got them today. It was $6 each.

      I already have 2 more kombucha cultures (aka, SCOBY) and my kefir cultures (“grains”) are reproducing like bunnies as we speak.

      Dunno why they’re called grains. They look like little cauliflower florettes and have the consistency of dried Elmer’s glue blobs. Nothing grain-like about them! But there you go.

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