Chuckling Goat kefir bottles

What is kefir? What are ‘Kefir Grains’ and how is kefir made?

Kefir is a fermented milk product that originated in the Black Caucasus Mountains of Russia. Kefir is now a billion euro industry in Russia and Eastern Europe but has only recently become widely available in the UK.

Kefir is a tart, fizzy beverage similar to drinking yoghurt in texture and consistency, Kefir has “non-transient” bacteria that survive the digestive process and powerfully impact the gut microbiome.

Our kefir is a live product and will not go “off,” but will simply continue to ferment, getting stronger over time. We recommend that you consume 170 ml every day, first thing in the morning before food.

To support the action of the kefir. we suggest that you avoid sugar, cow dairy and high-GI processed foods, and add good fats to your diet during this time. For more dietary suggestions, see our blog kefirise.com. You can also find more information in our video or our #1 best selling book The Good Skin Solution.

We’ve tried to give as much information as possible below, however, if you still have any questions please ask them in the comments box below and Shann will answer them 🙂

How do we make our kefir?

We make our goats milk kefir in the UK by fermenting pasteurised goats milk with live kefir grains, which look a bit like tiny squashy cauliflowers. Kefir grains are actually synergistic constellations of helpful yeast and bacteria and cannot be manufactured – they only grow organically from other kefir grains. They are living organisms, and will continually grow and divide indefinitely if you look after them properly.

To make it easier to understand, think of kefir as a little farm in a jar. We consider our kefir grains to be like little herd animals, just like our goats! We feed them what they like to eat – which is goats milk – and they give us their beautiful product – which is the drinking kefir.

On the farm we ferment our kefir in 50-litre stainless steel vats, similar to a microbrewery process. We add the kefir grains to the goats milk, allow to ferment for 24 – 36 hours, until the pH drops under 4.6, strain out the grains, and bottle the drinking kefir. The grains are retained, and fed more fresh milk, in a continuous fermentation process. We are licensed and regularly inspected by DEFRA and Environmental Health.

Why is our goats milk kefir so special?

We are proud to be the only university-tested kefir in the UK!

Our co-director Shann Jones co-authored a scientific paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology Magazine, alongside Prof Jamie Newbold, head of the Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University. Chuckling Goat kefir was used in this experiment, which found that our kefir did increase fermentation in the gut in both hindgut (horse) and foregut (humans and dogs) digestive models.

Read the whole article here.

We perform regular microbiology tests on our kefir to ensure that it remains perfectly safe and pure. Because it is made with pasteurised goats milk, it can be consumed by pregnant women, infants and elderly people with compromised immune systems without anxiety.

If you are lactose-intolerant, don’t worry! The finished kefir is completely lactose free, as all lactose is consumed during fermentation. This means that kefir is one of the only dairy products that many lactose-intolerant people can enjoy.

As kefir grains are living organisms, they have unique bio-profiles. Our kefir grains are fed exclusively with goats milk, and therefore are unique to us and our farm, and are not for sale. We cannot vouch for the efficacy or power of any kefir besides our own, which has undergone extensive testing at Aberystwyth University. We took our advice in making our kefir from Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, creator of the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol.

As detailed by our #1 best selling book The Good Skin Solution, we suggest simultaneously drinking the goats milk kefir and applying it topically to the skin, in the form of our soaps and lotions.

Free range milkilng goats at chuckling goat
Chuckling Goat’s free range goats

What does BBC2 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor say about kefir?

Dr Michael Mosley of of BBC2 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor performed experiments involving kefir in Jan 2017. Here’s what he had to say in BBC News, Jan 3 2017.

“The gut microbiome – the diverse community of bacteria that inhabits our intestines – is a hot topic in science right now.

Almost every day we come across headlines claiming that it has the power to influence our health in new and surprising ways, whether it’s our weight, our mood or our ability to resist infection.
is any of this actually possible?

To find out, Trust Me, I’m A Doctor set up an experiment in Inverness with the help of NHS Highland and 30 volunteers and scientists around the country. We split our volunteers into three groups and over four weeks asked each group to try a different approach that, it’s claimed, can boost gut bacteria for the better.

Our biggest change was in the kefir group.

These volunteers saw a rise in a family of bacteria called Lactobacillales. We know that some of these bacteria are good for our overall gut health and that they can help conditions such as traveller’s diarrhoea and lactose intolerance.

Which type of kefir is recommended by BBC2 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor?

Dr. Michael Moseley recommends kefir that is made in the traditional style. This is how we make our kefir here at Chuckling Goat! ; )

He says this: “If you want to try fermented foods to improve your gut health it’s best to look for products that have been made using traditional preparation and processing to ensure you’re getting the healthy bacteria you’re after.”

Read the whole article for yourself here.

What bacteria does our goats milk kefir contain?

We work in association with Prof Jamie Newbold, Head of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. (link  http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/ ) Prof. Newbold has done extensive testing on our goats milk kefir and established that it contains the following beneficial strains of bacteria and yeast:

  • Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens strain ATCC 43761
  • Lactobacillus kefiri gene for 16S rRNA, partial sequence, strain: NRIC 0586
  • Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis strain Lor-MGB-YQ-2(1)
  • Leuconostoc garlicum strain B/C-2
  • Leuconostoc lactis gene for 16S rRNA, partial sequence, strain: ZU 9
  • Ascomycota Saccharomycetes Saccharomycetales Saccharomycetaceae Saccharomyces exiguus
  • Ascomycota Saccharomycetes Saccharomycetales Saccharomycetaceae Kluyveromyces lactis
  • Ascomycota Pezizomycetes Pezizales Ascobolaceae Saccobolus
  • Ascomycota Saccharomycetes Saccharomycetales Saccharomycetaceae Pichia fermentans (T)

Ongoing testing and studies on our kefir are currently being performed at Aberystwyth University, as we work with scientists and the Innovation Sector of the Welsh Assembly Government to explore the potential health benefits of this powerful multi strain microbiotic not only for humans, but also for horses, dogs and chickens.

Still got questions? Ask Shann in the comments box below 🙂

453 thoughts on “What is kefir? What are ‘Kefir Grains’ and how is kefir made?

  1. Hello
    My husband takes numerous medicines for his heart, including blood pressure, anxiety and clotting drugs. He struggles greatly with his digestion and has a very sensitive stomach and I feel he would benefit from using your kefir, however does taking kefir affect any particularly medication, I thought I read somewhere that you should take it if I’m warfarin?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Lisa – Kefir contains high levels of Vitamin K2, which destabilises warfarin. It is my understanding that there is a new generation of blood thinners called Edoxoban, that are not antagonistic to Vitamin K. However this is a question for your GP or consultant. All the best, Shann

  2. Hi, sorry to have such a basic question – and apologies if u’ve missed the answer on the site somewhere – does this need to be kept in the fridge or is a cupboard ok?
    Thanks
    Sue

    1. Hi Sue – Kefir will never go off, but temperature increases the fermentation rate. So if you keep it outside the fridge, it will continue to ferment, turning itself into cheese and alcohol. It will separate and become more fizzy and potent, both in taste and in effect. Most people prefer it at the milder end of the taste spectrum, which is why we recommend keeping it in the fridge. But if you like it hard-core – keep it out of the fridge, and go for it! Watch for explosive kefir upon opening – ; )

  3. Hi Shann

    I’m coming to the end of my 3 months on your Kefir & just wanted to ask you about what to do when I fly to mainland Europe for 6 days?

    Thank you very much

    Kate

    1. Hi Kate – We have had clients that report back to us that they’ve taken their kefir on holiday with them, and been very happy with it. Be sure to wrap well and preventatively for spills – would be bad if everything got covered with kefir! ; (

  4. Shann,

    I’ve started taking your goat kefir first thing in the morning (love the taste!) as part of a wider proactive healthy eating plan. Raw coconut oil, non whey protein powder, nuts, raisons and Manuka honey all go into my daily bowl of porridge to get the day off to a cracking star after training. I also drink apple cider vinegar 3 times a day (Braggs). Will the honey or ACV reduce or compromise the effects of taking the kefir? Thanks

    J

  5. Hi, I have suffered most of my life with eczma, but it’s driving me crazy at the moment, I’m keen to give kefir and the skincare range a go but am not sure which one to try? I was thinking the breakout. I’m also planning to buy kefir grains and make my own, does it need to be made with organic unpasteurised goats milk as I’m having trouble finding a source of this here. I live in Australia and am 36. Also, I have anxiety and depression so fingers crossed that this will all improve. How many courses would you recommend I do?

    1. Hi Kim – Eczema is not a skin condition, but an autoimmune disorder that sits inside the gut. You must heal the gut in order to heal the skin – that’s why creams alone will never work! You can make kefir with pasteurised whole goats milk – just don’t use cows milk, as it’s know to be a trigger for eczema. BreakOut is our strongest and most effective range, but it is very strong because it contains tea tree oil. As long as you’re ok with tea tree, you should be fine with it – just be sure to patch test a small area of clear skin first, wait ten minutes for any redness or stinging. if there is none, safe to proceed with caution. Good luck and keep us posted!x

  6. Hi – I have been told that if I have make Kaffir 2/3rds milk and 1 third double cream I will get Really creamy drink as the cultures absorb all the calories and fat. Not quite convinced. What do you think? Jan

    1. Hi Jan – I personally wouldn’t make kefir with cow’s milk, as it’s a nasty allergen – and I can’t imagine that you’re getting hold of goat cream, as goats milk has only 10-11% solids. Whole milk is perfectly fine – no cream needed. ; )

  7. Hi Shaun
    I have a yeast intolerance as well as egg and gluten allergy. So even if I eat a gluten/egg free bread, it still makes me ill. Can I take your kefir as it’s fermented with yeast?

  8. Hi

    My 9 yo son has suffered with recurrent aphthoid mouth ulcers for the last 2 years. We have seen 2 paediatricians, a homeopath and 2 max fax specialists. No joy so far, although the latter has just told us to go on a dairy-free, nut-free, acidic-food-free, tomato-free diet for a month and ‘see if it helps’. Such a radical diet shift is something a) with which the paediatrician disagrees and b) which is going to be hard to implement.

    We’ve done 21 days of your kefir and wondered what your thoughts are on continuing and whether there is a way of doing that dairy-free, if we do decide to cut out all dairy? Have you had many success stories with recurrent mouth ulcers?

    Thank you, Emma

    1. Hi Emma – Yes, I would definitely continue with the kefir. It is lactose-free and hypo-allergenic, so should be fine for him. I would go for at least 3 courses back-to-back before you look for a strong result, as natural healing takes time! Best, Shann

  9. Dear Shann,
    I recently had a condition for which I was prescribed antibiotics. Prior to this I had been drinking kefir for a couple of months. Would you have taken the antibiotics? What are your thoughts please?
    Thanks, Katrina

    1. Hi Katrina – I would have to know what the condition was for which you were prescribed the antibiotics. Antibiotics can be life-saving in specific situations, but as they wipe out your immune system, it’s best to save them for when they’re absolutely necessary. You’ll need to start your kefir program over again from Day 1, as the antibiotics would have wiped most of the good bugs out of your system. Best, Shann

  10. Good evening!

    I am very interested in ordering your kafir fir three members of my family:

    Husband Steve: suffers from alopeicua totalis but also has had a huge amount of stress from divorcing his first wife and making a new life with me. His nails also crumbled plus he suffers from reflux and roseria (?). The last two conditions are managed with drugs from GP.

    Over the last year, we have stopped drinking white wine (swooped for G&T!). Steve’s nails have regrow and he has recently grown some chest hair.

    My mother, Phyllis, who is 86. She suffers terribly from constipation, has arthritis in her nevj and hands. She is very independent but has expressed an interest in kafir – great!!

    Myself, Lindsey. I would like to improve my digestive system, sleeping patterns and loose weight.

    Do, there we are. Sorry for the long preamble but I would appreciate greatly your views on how kafir might help us become healthier.

    Kind regards, Lindsey

    1. Hi Lindsey – Yes, I would suggest that kefir would be helpful for your entire family. As it puts the good bugs back into your gut, it boosts the immune system, helps with IBS and arthritis, aids with digestion, calmness, restful sleep and weight loss – so you would all benefit! Feel free to ring 01239 654 072 for more detailed answers to your questions. Best, Shann

  11. Hello there,

    Would this milk be suitable for a newborn baby? My daughter gave birth last Thursday by emergency caesarian section, and baby was put on antibiotics for 48 hours. We are concerned that this would have affected baby’s gut flora and would like to find a gentle way of replacing it. Do you think the goats milk would be ok to give the baby?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Joanna – yes, kefir is safe to give newborns. I would highly recommend it in the situation you describe, because both the C-section and the antibiotics will have negatively impacted the baby’s microbiome. I would start slowly – just a tiny spoonful at a time, and work up to 20 ml over a period of about 3 weeks. Mum would benefit from drinking it as well – to speed the healing process and help prevent any potential baby blues – and extra lactobacillus in the kefir will help to ease any abdominal cramping and colic for the baby. Best, Shann

  12. Dear Shann. What a lovely website. One question before I order: a neurologist recommended I try Bimuno (a galacto-oligosaccharide, I believe, ‘produced through the enzymatic conversion of lactose, a component of bovine milk’ (Wikipedia). Would it be compatible with goat’s milk kefir? I’ve been using Bimuno for a month or so.
    Thank you,
    Robin

    1. Hi Robin – We’re not aware of kefir conflicting with anything except immunosuppressants – however this is probably a question best answered by your GP or consultant. Best, Shann

  13. Hello!

    I’ve got mild vitiligo, chronic hives (urticaria) and a borderline underactive thyroid, so from what I’ve read it seems like kefir is a good next step for me as these all have strong links to autoimmunity.

    It’s only really the hives that bother me, so I was wondering if you’ve come across that much in relation to kefir?

    Hives don’t affect the actual surface of the skin in the same way as eczema, psoriasis etc (unless you scratch too much), so I suspect the skin products might not be relevant but I’m happy to be told otherwise!

    1. Hi Lauren –
      Hives are not a skin condition, but a symptom of an underlying autoimmune condition that sits in the gut. You must heal the gut, in order to heal the skin. This is why creams alone will never work! What many of our clients have found effective is a combination of drinking the kefir as well as applying it topically to the skin, in the forms of our kefir soaps and lotions. I recommend you drink the kefir for 9 weeks straight, while using our Break-Out Kefir Cleanser and Lotion daily. If you have any questions about this process, or would like to set up an order, please feel free to ring 01239 654 072 and a member of the team will be happy to help. Best, Shann

  14. I get reoccurring UTI infections due I think to yeast intolerance ,just been in hospital with the last one ,I try to avoid yeast but it’s very difficult as it creeps into so many things,also have been told I have IBS,do you think your goats milk Kifa would help

    1. Hi Anne – Science has shown that kefir can help prevent recurrent UTIs. You can both drink the kefir and apply it internally for this purpose. More info here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110415083151.htm
      For additional help with an acute UTI, instead of taking an antibiotic I recommend a natural herb called Uva Ursi, more info here: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-uva-ursi.html
      I order mine online, you can find it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Health-Personal-Care/Organic-Arctostaphylos-uva-ursi-Loose-Infuser/B00SSWCTTW/ref=sr_1_19_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1488136372&sr=8-19&keywords=uva+ursi
      Take 20 g of the herb, pour 8 oz freshly boiled water over it and soak for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs out, and drink the liquid. Repeat once daily for 5 days only. Hope this helps. Best, Shann

  15. Hi Shann…I live 250 miles from being able to buy goats milk kefir so I was wondering if cows milk kefir will benefit me? It is Lifeway Kefir and that is all the closest grocery store has. I’m not allergic to cow dairy. Thanks Pam

    1. Hi Pam – I really wouldn’t use cows milk kefir, or cow dairy of any kind – cows milk is a nasty allergen and can be a specific trigger for autoimmune. Can you maybe order Redwood Hills Farm unflavoured goat kefir? x

  16. Will Kafir help with my skin condition Leichan plants an auto immune condition which gets worse with stress.
    Many thank
    Linda

  17. Is your product suitable for somebody with a stystemic yeast/fungal infection? I have read that the aceltahyde byproducts produced by the yeasts may be problematic.

    1. Hi Jeffrey – Yeast and fungal infections are symptomatic of the microbiome being out of balance. Kefir contains beneficial bacteria and yeasts, which will bring the balance of bugs inside your microbiome back into order. Best, Shann

  18. I have bought your Goats Kefir whilst in UK but spend most of my time in Portugal. I can buy Kefir in the French supermarkets there BUT, occasionally I can get Goat’s Milk Kefir but most of the time they run out before I can get there and can only buy Kefir made with Cows Milk.
    Can you please tell me the difference in nutritional benefits, I don’t want to be wasting my time and money if it’s inferior I would just stick to the real stuff when I’m in UK.

    1. Hi Penelope – I would recommend avoiding cows milk kefir, as cows milk is allergenic and can trigger eczema and skin conditions, making everything worse. Always go for goat milk, butter, cheese and kefir. Best, Shann

  19. Hi there, my 10 year old daughter has Crohn’s disease and although she is on immunosuppressant medication we are really keen to explore natural remedies along side this. Would this be suitable for her and if so would she need to consume a reduced amount each day, she weighs 35kg. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Caroline – It is becoming increasingly accepted that intestinal dysbiosis (an imbalance of the gut microbiota) is found in people with IBD like Crohns, and kefir can help with this. More info here: https://www.ibdrelief.com/learn/probiotics-and-ibd/probiotic-foods-ulcerative-colitis-and-crohns-disease/kefir-and-ibd. It also decreases inflammation in the body. However if your daughter is on immunosuppressants, taking the kefir at the same time is a bit like driving your car with your foot on the gas and brake at the same time. This is a decision to be taken with your consultant. If you do decide to go down the immune-boosting route with kefir, I would start slowly to avoid a severe detox – give your daughter 1 TBSP at a time, until her system adjusts, and gradually work the amount up over time. You can’t really overconsume kefir – once her system is adapted, she can have the adult amount of 170 ml per day. Good luck and keep us posted – Best, Shann

  20. Hi,
    I’m loving my kefir so far and spreading the word, I’m taking it for tummy issues but within 2 days my eczema/dry skin patches had vanished! Also I’ve had improvements with my cystitis and skin too!! I just had a question about having natural sugars while taking kefir; can I use monk fruit sweetners and also D-manosse? (D-manosse is a fruit sugar powder used for treatment for cystitis) both say they don’t increase your blood sugar levels. Also, I know to replace cow dairy with goat’s, but wondered about sheep dairy? And for anyone worrying about the taste, it’s really not bad at all! (and I seriously don’t like goats cheese)

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Cassie – Glad to hear that the kefir has had such a quick result on your eczema! That’s brilliant news. I don’t recommend any sweetener except 100% pure stevia. Yes, sheep dairy is fine, as it lacks the A1 casein that is such a troublesome allergen in cow’s milk. And nice to hear that you like the taste – my secret is that I do too! ; ) Best, Shann

  21. Dear Shann, I would appreciate your opinion ion please! Y Have been taking your kefir for the last couple of months
    and mt gut has really benefited and was able straight away to stop taking lansoprazole for too much acid.
    However have the last couple of days developed a burning discomfort in the centre about two inches above
    my tummy button. Am wondering whether to stop taking the kefir for a few days and maybe a break would help!
    Would be very grateful for any thoughts you may have on this. Thank you and best wishes Sue

    1. Hi Sue – Great to hear that the kefir has helped you get off the lansoprazole – great stuff! Sounds to me like you’re having a little bit of delayed detox – this can occur as the kefir does its work inside your system. I would definitely carry on – the last thing you want to do is stop in the middle of a detox! This symptom should resolve as you move forward. You could take some L-glutamine and digestive enzymes with peppermint to help in the meantime. Best, Shann

  22. Hi Shann, Please can you advise where is the best place to buy Stevia crystals. I have read so many reviews that have put me off buying it from places like Amazon and others on line.

  23. Good day!
    I live in the US/will your skin care line be available here anytime soon? Also, can you recommend a brand of goats milk kefir I can purchase here? When buying, what should I look for?

    1. Hi Natania – Thanks for your interest! We do ship our kefir skincare to the U.S. – the website will work out the shipping charges for you. When looking for kefir, look for goatsmilk kefir made with real grains, unflavoured, no sugar. Best, Shann

  24. Hi I have recently read an article in the Holland and Barrett magazine about your products, I am really keen to try them but don’t know we’re to start!
    A brief history:- I am 40 years old and since I was born I have suffered with eczema and asthma, from the age of 12 I have suffered with severe stomach problems after many different tests the doctors decided I had irritable bowel syndrome which I have to take a movicol sachet for every night! I am now suffering really badly with allergic symptoms to possibly everything in my everyday life, (my skin is really sore to the touch and is splitting, I also have pigmentation issues), I am itchy and dry all the time especially my face and neck arms and hands I am desperate for something to work as the doctors just prescribe more chemicals for me to put into and on my body! If you could guide me in the right direction with your products I would really appreciate it.
    Many thanks
    Deborah

    1. Hi Deborah, Thanks for getting in touch, and for reading about us in Healthy Magazine. Your eczema, asthma and IBS are all connected. (You don’t mention it but at the level of dybsiosis you describe I’m guessing you also have some level of anxiety, depression and fatigue, am I right?). You can think of all these issues as connected, symptomatic leaves of a single tree, and the trunk of the tree sits in the gut. The good news is that the drinking kefir plus the kefir skincare, as well as some dietary changes, will help to resolve all of these issues. The kefir tends to resolve gut issues first, then anxiety and depression, then skin issues last. Natural healing is a slow process, as the good microbiota has to re-grow inside your system, but you will love how it makes you feel over time! I suggest starting out with 9 weeks of the drinking kefir, plus the Sensitive Kefir Cleanser and Lotion, to be applied twice daily. For the kefirise dietary tips, you can watch the video here https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/ and if you’d like more detail, you can read the Good Skin Solution book, which contains all the science and a more in-depth explanation of the principles to be followed. If you’d like a chat, please feel free to ring the office on 01239 654 072 and a member of the team will be happy to help. ; ) Best, Shann

  25. Hi Shann,

    Is it better to drink the kefir or mix it in with food as part of the meal? Also, when is the better time to consume kefir? First thing in the morning?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi DD – We suggest that you consume kefir first thing in the morning because it contains lactate (not lactose – it’s 100% lactose free) which is actually your body’s preferred energy source. This is why it’s one of the 5 best post-workout foods (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/5-best-post-workout-foods.html) So we suggest you have it in the morning to take advantage of the energy bounce it gives you. You could take it any time you need an energy boost – but we don’t suggest you take it right before bed time, as it might keep you awake! It’s best to take kefir on its own, to give the beneficial bacteria a clear run at physically colonising the intestine, without food getting in the way. Just wait ten minutes or so before you eat, to give those good bugs a chance to get settled in. Best, Shann

  26. Hi Shann

    I have Vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies at the moment and am being treated to correct the situation. Do you know if Kefir with its high vitamin K content is going to be a problem in my condition?
    Many thanks in advance.
    Frankie

    1. Hi Franki – Kefir is a great source of B-12. The vitamin B-12 in kefir comes from its milk ingredients, and is generated by the bacterial flora that are fermented along with yeast to impart kefir’s unique sour, bubbly, probiotic properties. One cup of kefir contains approximately 0.4 microgram of vitamin B-12, which is just over 16 percent of the adult daily requirement of 2.4 micrograms per day. I’m not aware of any conflict between Vitamin K and B12. Kefir will also help with your iron levels, as it contains lactoferrin, an immune system booster which helps the body absorb and transport iron safely. More info here: http://www.webmd.boots.com/vitamins-and-minerals/lactoferrin. We’ve had clients report great results in their iron levels after taking kefir. Best, Shann

  27. Hello,

    I have had horrible digestion most of my life and have also suffered from rosacea, which has gotten worse in recent years. I recently started a 21 day course of your goat’s kefir and have started to notice a difference. I am going to continue the recommended 3 courses as my digestion issues are quite severe. I just wanted to know if it was safe for my son (who is 9 weeks old/2 months old) to consume it as he suffers from horrific acid reflux and I heard that kefir can work wonders. If not, when can he start drinking it as I do not want him to suffer the way I did for so many years.

    Sophie

    1. Hi Sophie – Your poor digestion and your rosacea are related – both symptomatic leaves of a single tree that sits in your gut. You must heal the gut, in order to heal the skin – and both issues will resolve together. Rosacea is a stubborn and deep-seated immune issue, and in our experience will take up to 6 months of solid back-to-back kefir courses to see a real change. You’ll also need to drill down on your diet – principles to follow are in the video and book here: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/. Your son has inherited his compromised microbiome from you – so you’re quite right, best to sort him out ASAP! Kefir is safe to give babies from birth, and will help with colic, etc as well. I would suggest the Mummy & Me Kefir Combo Pack – you can both share the kefir and Baby Skincare. Start him off with 1 TBP per day, and increase over time. By the time he’s 4 years old he can be taking an adult dose. Feel free to phone 01239 654 072 if you have any questions or concerns, and a member of the team will be happy to help. Best, Shann

  28. Hi, I am keen to try this , due to weight gain, lack of sleep and energy, I am also going through ghe menopause, my problem is that I don’t like milk or yoghurt, is there any other form this can be taken in ?

  29. Hi,
    I have a yeast intolerance- does your goats kefir contain yeast?
    Could you please advise
    Thank you 🌸
    Ann

    1. Hi Ann – Our kefir does contain beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir, which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. They do so by penetrating the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria reside, forming a virtual SWAT team that housecleans and strengthens the intestines. Hence, the body becomes more efficient in resisting such pathogens as E. coli and intestinal parasites.

  30. Hi ,
    I have RA and am on medication–methotrexate,salazopyrin,omeprazole,folic acids and orenica injection.Also amlodipine for blood pressure. Would Kefir help my condition,would love to come off some meds.

  31. Hi I have heard about kefir drink but I don’t drink milk . Can you describe the taste and amount required daily! thanks

      1. Could you add a natural honey or fruit? Not keen on plain natural yoghurt… Really interested in kefir but nervous of taste..

        1. Hi Amanda – Best not to add honey to kefir, as honey is a natural antibiotic and will kill off the good probiotics. to make a nice-tasting smoothie, you can blend the kefir with the fruit of your choice, and sweeten to taste with 100% pure stevia, which will not harm your microbiome or the kefir itself.

  32. Hi Shann

    Do you have any customers who use your product for ME? THe reason I ask is that I am convinced that I feel a lot worse when my digestive system is out of sync.

    I try to minimise my dairy intake as I find that my joints swell and try to avoid yeast as thrush is also a complication for me so not sure if your product might exacerbate things.

    1. Dear Shann,
      I am very impressed with what I ve read about kefir on your website. Which range is best for rosacea ie sensitive or other etc? And which is best for acne? My daughter has adult acne and I have recently been diagnosed with rosacea.
      Many thanks
      Vron

      1. Hi Vron – Thanks for getting in touch! I would recommend our Break-Out Kefir Cleanser and Lotion for acne. It contains tea tree essential oil as well as thyme essential oil, which is more effective against acne bacteria than benzoyl peroxide, without any of the redness and drying that chemicals can cause. For rosacea I would recommend our Sensitive Kefir Cleanser and Lotion for all over the face, as rosacea clients often have extremely sensitive skin. If you know that you can tolerate lavender essential oil, you can use our Calm-Down Kefir Lotion as a spot treatment for rosacea as well. Hope that helps! Best, Shann

  33. If one is taking kefir is it necessary as so many now do to take all the omegas, vit D, vit B, vit C and all the general tonics et al?

    1. Hi Caroline – Kefir contains minerals in the following amounts:
      calcium – 210 mg (21% of your RDA); magnesium – 21 mg (5%); phosphorus – 175 mg (20%); riboflavin – 0.3 mg (19%); iron – .18 mg (1%); calcium – 210 mg (21%); potassium – 263 mg; copper – 0.02 mg; zinc – 0.63 mg.
      The Vitamins in kefir are as follows: Vitamin A – 0.10 mg; Thiamin – 0.03 mg; Vitamin B2 – 0.30 mg; Vitamin B6 – 0.09 mg; Niacin – 0.16 mg; Vitamin C – 3.96 mg; Vitamin D – 0.14 mg; Vitamin E – 0.19 mg.
      On the farm, we take the following additional supplements along with our daily kefir: magnesium, selenium and iodine. We also take a liquid iron supplement that contains B Vitamins.
      Hope that helps!
      Best,
      Shann

  34. Please can you let me know if you have heard of any stories of your kefir helping with vitiligo? I also have an underactive thyroid, osteoarthritis and am peri-menopausal. Many thanks. Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa – Healthy skin is protected against microbial attack by different kinds of immune cell, including T cells. Patchy inflammatory skin diseases throw the skin’s local immune system out of balance. In people with vitiligo, which causes patchy loss of pigmentation, a certain kind of T cell is dominant in the afflicted areas of skin; patients with psoriasis, on the other hand, exhibit an increase in another kind of T cell. Kefir works directly with T cells inside the body by suppressing their inflammatory markers. This is why the Good Skin Solution works so well for psoriasis – so it’s definitely worth a go for vitiligo!The kefir should also help bring levels of inflammation down inside the body, which should aid the osteoarthritis, hormone and thryroid issues. I would suggest drinking 9 weeks of the kefir, while using the Soothing Kefir Lotion on the affected areas twice daily. Please take before and after pictures for us, and keep us posted! Good luck -Best, Shann

  35. Eagerly looking forward to my order arriving. I was just wondering what serving size you recommended for a 16 month old? I think my daughter would benefit as well as me!

    1. Hi Alison – Kefir is great for kids, from birth onwards. You don’t need to worry about over-dosing – the more you can get down them, the merrier! I would start with 1 TBSP daily for your little one, up to 20 ml after about two weeks. Then work up to 40 ml for a 2 year, 80 ml for a 3-year old, and by the time a child is four, they should be having an adult-sized portion of 170 ml. Best, Shann

  36. Hi Shann.

    My 15month old daughter is allergic to cows milk protein, soya, almond milk & lives on koko milk or koko yoghurt as main stays. I believe she is highly likely to prove problematic on goats milk as the proteins are so similar. Is it likely she would be ok on your Kefir? Or would it be best to try & get some Kefir grains to mix with the koko coconut milk?

    Peter Dodd

    1. Hi Peter – If your daughter is allergic to goats milk, none of our products would be suitable for her, as they all contain goats milk. This would be a matter best determined by an allergy test. Goats milk is considered to be hypoallergenic, and it’s very rare, but possible, to be allergic to it. If you determine that she’s not actually allergic to the goats milk, and is able to take the kefir, it would help to decrease her allergic reactions to other things. Best, Shann

    1. Hi Jag – Without a doubt, our best treatment for acne is the BreakOut Kefir Combo Pack. I recommend drinking the kefir for 9 weeks to heal the gut, while also cleansing with the BreakOut Kefir cleanser and applying the BreakOut kefir Lotion twice daily. The Break Out skincare has antibacterial tea tree essential oil as well thyme essential oil, which has been shown to kill acne bacteria more effectively than benzoyl peroxide. More info here: http://www.med-health.net/Thyme-For-Acne.html. Best, Shann

  37. Hi Goat Team!!
    After reading some of your replies I actually think I have come across a genuine medication that may work. I have spent hundreds on all sorts of probiotic tablets, L – Gluatamine, Thorne Research – Betaine HCL & pepsin, Symprove, all sorts from Holland and Barrett. Trip to London to see a guy! The HNS just don’t do anything apart from refer you to Professor Whorwell who gives you no encouragement but puts you on Hypnotherapy course. He does say the probiotics won’t help because you need trillions (hence where your product is different) At 35 years old I have been plagued by IBS, but I have always thought it wasn’t because it doesn’t come and go I just have a football in my stomach. Also it seems to be more Woman who get IBS not men. I then developed Psoriasis so I was really down and depressed. My marriage ended a lot of this was to blame because she couldn’t understand my moaning after she had a liver transplant after failing ill. I have really bad blood flow in my legs tight muscles struggle training and keeping fit and love running.
    Now I have started to get Athlete’s foot on my 2 toes on my right foot which itches bad. I also randomly just itch and need so much anti histamine! It really affects everything you do career is steady but afraid to further it because of the stress and my IBS. I think in the past 12 months I have really started to believe this is all connected to the gut. My sister also suffers from IBS. I also had an ectopic kidney and was convinced it was that causing my stomach issues. But the constipation and skin problems has 100% cleared that up. As you say the skin is telling you things are not right. So my journey starts now. 1 question I have is can I just add a bottle of smoothie to my kefir bottle? (Tesco own etc! I actually do like the taste so it doesn’t bother me just wondered should I be drinking that! fruit sugar etc as I don’t know what causes me to itch I always thought it was the dairy so I try to avoid but sugar craving and chocolate get the better of me. Thanks John

    1. Hi John – Thanks for getting in touch! Your instincts are quite right – your IBS, your psoriasis and your athletes foot are all connected, and all sign of damage to your microbiome. for an explanation of how this works, you can watch the video here: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/
      I would recommend that you drink the kefir for 9 weeks, while using the Break-Out Kefir Cleanser and Lotion. Most cost effective way to do this is the Break-Out Kefir combo pack on the website, http://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk. Or feel free to ring 01239 654 072 and a member of the team will be happy to answer your questions and help out.
      Best, Shann

    1. Hi Maya – Eczema is not a skin condition, but an autoimmune disorder that sits in the gut. You have to heat the gut, in order to heal the skin. That’s why creams alone will never work! I would recommend that you drink the kefir for 9 weeks, while using the Break-Out Kefir Cleanser and Lotion. Most cost effective way to do this is the Break-Out Kefir combo pack on the website, http://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk. Or feel free to ring 01239 654 072 and a member of the team will be happy to answer your questions and help out. If you can’t tolerate tea tree essential oil, which is in the BreakOut Lotion, I would suggest the Soothing (rosemary) or CalmDown (lavender) range instead.
      Best, Shann

  38. Good morning – I am now at the end of the second week of the three week Kefir course and my skin is the best it has been in 17 years. I am a bit cautious with the lotion and the soap. I have food intolerances to cow’s milk, what, gluten, hen’s eggs, soya, most nuts and coconut. The kefir is working brilliantlyand I was wondering whether to stop at one course or order a second course. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Alexe – Glad to hear that you’re having such a brilliant result, and that your skin has improved so much in such a short time! If you’re where you want to be, you can pull back to taking a course of kefir every three months, to keep your microbiome in good shape. It’s easier to keep it in good nick, than to have to start all over from scratch. If you phone the office, we’d be happy to set up a bespoke subscription for you that will come out every three months. Then if you find that you start to backslide and need another course of kefir before that time, we can simply speed it up for you. Good luck and hope it continues to work a treat for you! Best, Shann

      1. Hi Bally – Science shows that probiotics are safe and effective in improving symptoms and normalizing bowel movement frequency in patients suffering from constipation or diarrhea related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081006092656.htm. So yes, kefir is great for IBS! I would recommend 9 weeks of the drinking kefir. Also suggest that you change your diet in some important ways. To find out how, watch the video here: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/. Best, Shann

    1. Hi Hannah – Kefir can be mixed with veg and fruit in a smoothie, but I recommend that you blend, not juice. Juicing typically removes the pulp from the fruit, and the pulp is then discarded. It is important when kefirising to either eat the whole fruit or eat the fruit blended, with the pulp still in, because the pulp slows the rate of burn inside your system. Juice with the pulp taken out is high-GI and burns too rapidly in your system, producing a wave of insulin that can harm your microbiome. Best, Shann

  39. Hi shann,
    I have read a lot of these comments looking for a similar issue to mine, but fatigue caught up with me.
    I am diagnosed with ME, fybromyalgia and under active thyroid, I have always believed that there has been a, you are what you eat issue with my diagnosis and have been searching ever since, I recently managed to get a private allergy test done which turned up yeast and sugar as my main culprits. I was advice to cut out varies foods but to also take an Acidophilus complex tablet to support my gut, I have been doing my prescribed regime and have noticed a difference, I then saw this and praise the Lord for this revealation, I have ordered my kefir milk but and wondering if I should stop these tablets as soon as I start the milk or a little later,? Sorry for the long explanation. Thank you x

    1. Hi Lorna – The latest scientific research shows that chronic fatigue stems from the gut, so can be treated with probiotics. More info here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160627160939.htm. Kefir is the strongest probiotic available, and simply renders other probiotics irrelevant. For more info, see the study performed by Trust Me I’m a Doctor: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38800977. Single strain probiotics are like putting one or two birds back into your system -kefir is like the entire darn jungle. Kefir is a natural complex of synergistic organisms that works as a whole to suppress pathogens and put the good bugs back into your system. Your microbiome is what we call an “emergent phenomenon,” meaning that the pattern only emerges as a whole when you study the entire thing – there is no way that we can treat the entire microbiome with only one or two strains of probiotic. So the short answer is – yes, the kefir will help, and you can stop taking anoth other probiotics as soon as you start with the kefir! Hope it works a treat for you – Best, Shann

  40. Hello,
    I have been suffering from severe acid relux for several years now, I am on medication which sadly does not help at all, so I want to know if drinking your kefir might help me. With warm regards Diane

  41. Hi Shann
    I saw the Chuckling Goat on Kate Humble’s recent programme. I recently discovered that I have an intolerance to gluten and dairy an suffering from a leaky gut. I have therefore cut them from my diet replacing cows milk with goats milk/butter/cheese. I am slightly concerned that i am not repairing my gut fully though. Would kefir help to do this?
    Like some of the other comments, I worry about the storage of the quantity. You explain that it just strengthens the flavour but does this in turn make it become very ‘goaty’?! What does the kefir taste like? Although I use goats milk on a daily basis currently I do find that I am not so keen on it when there is a strong flavour to it.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Sophie – Kefir does indeed help to heal leaky gut. I would also recommend that you consume 6-8 oz daily of bone broth; the bio-available collagen in this is great for healing the gut, and it works very well in combination with the kefir. The kefir does continue to ferment over time, and does become increasingly strong in both taste and effect. This is why we put a 30 day best before date on it – not because it goes “off” (which it does not) but because most people prefer it at the milder end of the taste spectrum.It doesn’t taste particularly good on its own – it’s a medical food, not a milkshake! If you struggle with palatability, you can blend it up with banana and sweeten to taste with 100% pure stevia. Hope that helps! Best, Shann

  42. Hi there,
    I just finished, a couple of days ago, my first course of kefir which I took to help with suspected IBS. Over the last few days I’ve noticed a strange taste in my mouth and the back of my tongue is coated in white. Today I’ve developed some mouth ulcers and have a sore crack at the side of my mouth. I’m wondering whether this is oral thrush or perhaps die off symptoms. I’ve never experienced this before. Could these be detox symptoms? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Daphne – Kefir is an adaptogen, and will create different detox symptoms in each person as it does its spring cleaning work, depending on the state of your microbiome. We’ve heard all sorts! This doesn’t sound surprising, as the good bugs are pushing the bad bugs out of your system. Make sure that you drink bone broth daily, use stevia instead of sugar, use goat dairy instead of cow dairy, have good grains (low-GI and gluten-free) and good fats (coconut oil, flaxseed oil) Best, Shann

  43. Hi Shann, I have had several of your kefir courses and have started to make my own kefir, I haven’t succeeded in getting my husband to take any orally but he does let me apply it to his psoriasis & it seems to help. With only me & one of our dogs (Bertie who loves it ) drinking it, I am getting a build up of kefir & would like to have a go at making soap using my excess, how would you recommend incorporating kefir I am thinking of using the cold process & using frozen kefir as I expect too much heat will deactivate the kefir & negate any benefit, do you find the kefir is still beneficial having been through the soap making process?

    1. Hi Elizabeth – yes, the kefir is still beneficial inside the soap. It’s quite a delicate process to get the kefir into the soaps I’m afraid – I went and did a special training to learn how. Best, Shann

  44. Hi Shann, I am on my 8th day of Kefir and I absolutely love the taste of your amazing product. I am finding that I am consuming about 2/3rds of a botttle a day and was wondering if this is too much to begin with. I have had IBS for over 2 years and had various endoscopy and colonoscopy examinations and have been following a low FODMAP and low fibre diet to help with symtoms but with no real improvements. The downside to this way of eating is that the lack of fibre results in constipation, irregular bowel movements and a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowel. My main IBS problems are with bloating and irregular bowel movements. I have to take between 5 and 10 mls of Dulcolax laxative daily otherwise I get backed up and have constipation but the downside is that I then end up with loose movements from the laxative as it is a real trial and error finding the correct dosage to form a ‘normal ‘ stool. Will my continued consumption of the kefir eventually lead to my no longer needing to rely on laxatives to open my bowels ? I don’t plan on stopping drinking your wonderful product but do you think I should stop using laxatives to see if the kefir does help restore a regular bowel habit or should I wait until I am bit longer into the course ( currently on my 2nd week. ) Many thanks for taking the time to read my question, kind regards, Susan.

    1. Hi Susan – Yes, kefir will help with all your IBS issues, and you will find that you can come off your medications over time. You really need 9 weeks of the kefir before you start to look for a strong result. If you feel ready, begin to wean yourself off the medications gradually, and see how you go – you can always go back on if needed. Best, Shann

  45. Hi Shann
    I have been reading with interest about your kefir products and would like some advice/recommendation on a package you would regard as being the most suitable for me. I have suffered from ME for 9 years now and although I am significantly better a further improvement would be very welcome. Also I tend to suffer from some red, sore and itchy skin. I have tried shower gel, soap, etc., specifically for sensitive skin but have noticed no difference and have had prescribed various anti-fungal, anti-biotic and steroid creams, again without resolution. I would greatly appreciate your advice on which products to try and if you need any more information I would rather talk to you on the phone if at all possible please.
    Many thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,
    Nick

    1. Hi Nick – Both your ME and your red, sore and itchy skin are connected – both signs of damage to your microbiome. This is an autoimmune issue that sits in the gut – which is why skin creams alone haven’t helped you so far. I would suggest that you drink 9 weeks of the kefir while using the BreakOut Kefir Lotion and Cleanser. If you’d like more info about how all of this fits together, have a look at the video here: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/
      Best,
      Shann

  46. Hello!
    Just wondering, where do you store the kefir? Not sure I will have space in my fridge to store seven bottles!
    Also, having seen your diet advice, I’d find it impossible to cut out sugar and white potatoes completely – would the kefir still work? I suffer from acne.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah – The kefir will be fine stored somewhere cool – heat and activity speed the fermentation rate, but kefir never goes off, just continues to ferment over time, becoming stronger in taste and effect. Your acne is not a skin disorder but is an autoimmune condition that stems from the gut. If you want results, you’re going to have to give up sugar and white potatoes, as these things continue to damage your microbiome, which is what is mapping onto your skin. The kefir will help you get on top of your sugar cravings, aiding you in making better food choices. Best, Shann

  47. Hello, just a few questions. I’ve recently ordered all your products 🙂 should receive them Monday! It’s for everyone in my house hold but my entire reason for ordering is for my 3 year old son. He has had sever eczema since he was a baby. We’ve struggled everyday for almost 3 years. The only suggestion has been steroids and changeing his diet. He has several allergies, cows milk being one of them. Can he take kefir if he has a cows milk allergy? I ask this because I’ve been told that goats milk is very similar to cows milk. He also has herpeticum outbreaks which are very uncomfortable and make him very poorly. He has a constant loose chest and congested nose. With his cows milk allergy and symptoms I’ve listed, do you think it’s safe to give kefir a go?

    1. Hi Keshana – Most people who are allergic to cows milk can tolerate goats milk, as it is very hypoallergenic. This combination of eczema, skin problem and congestion is a classic configuration of the allergic march, more info here in this video: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/
      And yes, kefir will help! Suggest that he drink the kefir for 9 weeks, while using the Sensitive Kefir Cleanser and Lotion daily. Best, Shann

  48. Hi Shann, Read about you and family in the Radio Times and saw the programme made by Kate Humble which featured you. My husband suffers from urticaria (nettle rash) and folliculitis (pink/red pimples with a small central whitehead coming from the base of a hair follicle) which both cause distressing itching. As neither of these skin conditions are mentioned in your website, we were wondering whether you thought that your goat’s milk with keria and one of your skincare lotions/creams would help. Unfortunately, what the doctor prescribes doesn’t really help.

    Thank you, Sue Cryer

    1. Hi Sue – The reason that the creams from the doctor don’t help is that your husband’s issue is not a skin condition at all, but the symptom of an autoimmune issue that sits in the gut. The gut maps onto the skin; so you must heal the gut in order to heal the skin. I would suggest 9 weeks of the drinking kefir, while using the BreakOut Kefir Lotion and Cleanser. More explanation about how this works in the video here: https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/the-good-skin-solution/ Best, Shann

  49. Good Morning
    My wife and started taking your product 8 days so far so good.
    Quick question: can Kefir be taken at night say 3 hours after food? Please advise.
    Liked the programme on TV (you are going to have to expand!). Thanks
    Regards Terry and Lyn

    1. Hi Terry – You can take the kefir at night if you wish – but be aware that kefir contains lactate, which is your body’s preferred source of energy fuel. (Not lactose – it’s 100% lactose free.) When lactate is present in your system, your body will use it in preference to glucose, and it will give you an energy boost. Personally I find I want the energy boost from the kefir first thing in the morning, and not last thing at night! But it’s entirely up to you. Best, Shann

  50. Dear Shann, I should like to start taking kefir to improve my digestion. I am currently taking Lansoprazole daily in the
    morning half an hour before food. When would be the best time to take the kefir because I believe you recommend
    taking it first thing too! I am keen to try it as my immune system could do with a boost as have a fatigue problem
    too. Would be grateful for your advice Sue

    1. Hi Sue – Your digestive troubles are connected to the fatigue – all signs of damage to the microbiome. Kefir will definitely help. I suggest you take the kefir ten minutes before food. Also suggest you take digestive enzymes and L-glutamine to help heal the gut. After about 9 weeks (possibly sooner) you should find that you can gradually come off the Lansoprazole as your condition clears. Best, Shann

  51. Hello!
    Just wondering…. If you buy the big pack of Kefir, where do you store it? Is it supposed to be kept in the fridge? Not sure I’ll have room to keep such a big supply in the fridge!
    I suffer from acne and have read your dietary advice, but would really struggle to completely cut out sugar and white potatoes. Would there be any point in trying Kefir?

    1. Hi Sarah – The kefir comes in 7 one-pint bottles. You can store them in the fridge or some other cool place – kefir never goes off, just continues to ferment, getting stronger over time. But heat speeds the fermentation rate, and so it’s best to keep it cool so it doesn’t blow out of the bottle. Acne is not a skin condition, but an autoimmune disorder that sits in the gut. You have to heal the gut in order to heal the skin. Kefir puts the good bugs you need back into your microbiome. But sugar and white potatoes both harm the microbiome with the rush of insulin they produce. So no, you will never heal your acne as long as you continue to eat these high-GI foods. Best, Shann

  52. Hello Shann
    I just had the fortune and gift to see one of your videos on the Urban Monk. I was diagnose with Ulcerative colitis 5 yrs ago at the age of 53. Having no previous (Known) allergens ,I found it hard to believe that it was just an age related failure. Which is pretty much what the Doctors were telling me. You get old, your body fails in ways that are mysterious blah blah blah.
    I have been following the “Complex Carbohydrate diet” with relief but not a permanent cure. It is a severe diet and impossible for me to adhere to completely.

    Any way I live in the bay area where you hence from and there fore can not order your Kefir ):

    We have a very good organic grocery in my neighborhood,and they do carry goat milk Kefir but…. their Bacterium is not the same as your Bacterium… and I do not believe all bacterium is the same or necessarily good for you.
    I have been trying to avoid the Bifido cultures. I was cautioned against them because they have a tendency to over populate the lower intestine…Which is where the UC happens and in my opinion is what UC is, just over population of some bacterium’s,
    WELL every darn organic yogurt, probiotic, Goat milk kefir… that I have seen has Bifido’s in them.
    I would much appreciate any info you could share in my search for a healthy Kefer here in the U.S
    Thank you
    Kyle

    1. Hi KYle – I wouldn’t bother with trying to avoid bididos – you need to repopulate your gut with all the good bacteria. Just go for some goats milk kefir, made with real grains, unflavoured. That should help quite a bit! Also add bone broth to you diet – more details on my blog site, kefirise.com. Good luck and keep us posted! Best, Shann

  53. Hi, I have rosacea though not too bad but am now perimenopausal and have acne with that and dry eyes (checked thoroughly by optician) I am a week into drinking the kefir milk and have just ordered second batch With breakout combo pack. I have asked before but how does the kefir help with hormones exactly? I know the benefits for rosacea and know that the kefir is great for balancing microbiome but just wondered about menopause.

    Thanks
    Angie

    1. Hi Angie – Scientists have established that the vagus nerve is the main relay between the microbiome (bacteria in the gut) and the brain. This three way communication system is known as “the microbiome-gut-brain axis.” This is the pathway through which gut organisms can alter brain chemistry, including hormone regulation, which will of course impact menopause. More info here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110829164601.htm. Best, Shann

  54. If you buy the 7 bottles of Kefir milk how do you keep it?? How long will it stay usable.
    How much do you have to drink a day??

    Thank you
    Chris

    1. Hi Chris – Kefir is a live product and never goes “off” – it simply continues to ferment, becoming stronger in taste and potency over time. We put a 30-day best before date on it simply because most people prefer it at the milder end of the fermentation spectrum. We recommend 170 ml as a daily minimum dose, but you cannot over-consume kefir – the Russians drink a pint a day! ; ) Best, Shann

  55. Hi Shann can you have a bath in just kefir instead of water for cleansing and healing the skin?
    Will the kefir get rid of the bad bacteria on the skin and heal infections?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Sophie – Yes, you can have a bath in kefir – it’s great for skin! This will indeed repopulate the good bugs on the skin, which will bring the bad bugs back under control and help heal infection. I would recommend tipping 100 ml straight in your bath – enjoy! Best, Shann

      1. Hi Shann is the 100ml of kefir poured into the bath with or without water in the bath ?
        I love the kefir lotion it’s really helping my skin to heal thank you
        Thank you for your help
        Sophie

  56. I have had ME for 27 years and for most of that time I have also had an inflamed patch on the back of my head. I have used a steroid cream from time to time and recently the skin has healed but nothing seems to stop the itching. I can dig out chunks at times! Although I am renowned for a cast iron digestion, I do get acid reflux occasionally. Can the kefir products help ME? It has wrecked my life and I have given up expecting ever to feel any better.

    1. Hi Jacqui – Damage to your microbiome (caused by antibiotics, stress, sugar and environmental toxins)n can show up in different ways, in different parts of your body. On your skin, it can feel like an itchy rash. In your nervous system, it feels like fatigue. In your brain, it feels like anxiety and depression. In your tummy, it feels like IBS, bloating, pain. But these are all symptomatic leaves of a single tree – and the trunk of the tree sits in your gut. Heal your gut, and these symptoms will resolve – and you WILL feel better! It takes time – about 9 weeks before you look to see a strong result. Also suggest that you follow the dietary habits on my blog site, kefirise.com, to support the effect of the kefir. Good luck and keep us posted – feel free to ring 01239 654 072 for a chat if you’d like more info. Best, Shann

  57. G,day Shann. I have been making Kefir now for 48 years from the same grains we had to import in 1969 because we couldn’t find any in Australia. I am 72 years of age and couldn’t tell you what a cold, flue, or any of the multitude of things is like, that other people around me seem to have picked up over the years. Also important is to include plenty of fresh fruit and veg. in your diet to give your friendly bacteria something healthy to munch on. Cheers. Kev

  58. Hi Shann
    I am a 54 years old and have struggled for the past 6 years with a skin condition that has been diagnosed as cholinergic urticaria (CU). I am currently taking antihistamine mediation and applying prescribed creams and lotions to my skin but with no benefit. I struggle to sleep due to irritable skin and the lack of sleep is starting to affect my quality of life and work performance. Could I ask if your products would be if benefit to me a my condition and if so recommend a product package for me to try. I do look forward to hearing from you. Kindest regards, Mark Wilkinson, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

    1. Hi Mark – sounds like you’re on the allergic march! For more details see our #1 best selling book The Good Skin Solution. I would recommend 9 weeks worth of drinking kefir plus our Break-Out Kefir Cleanser and Lotion, applied twice daily. Feel free to ring 01239 654 072 if you’d like to chat – Best, Shann

      1. Hi Shann

        My 15 year old daughter has been struggling with a tight chest and breathlessness for 6 months the drs cannot diagnose what is wrong, she also has asthma also do you think that a change of diet and Kefir may help? We will take all suggestions on board, my daughter has been given a lot of antibiotics which only help for a short period and she feels worse when she has finished them. My daughter thinks that she will never get well I am hoping that there is someone out there that can help.
        Best Wishes

        Amanda

        1. Hi Amanda – Taking antibiotics is like pouring bleach into a river – it kills all the “fish”, which are the good bugs that make your daughter’s immune system function. This results in inflammation in the airways, which is the result of this microbiome damage. Kefir can help! A client of ours named Pat Wurmli said this about her son’s experience with kefir: “Nicholas who has been suffering from asthma from the age of five, he is now fifty-two, has made incredible progress with his breathing since the second supply of kefir. Although his lungs are scarred he now wakes up with no tightness in his chest – oxygen is flooding his body and he is like a different person. He has informed me that he will write to you expressing his feelings.As his whole life has been shaped by this illness, it also robbed him of any progress – when you have to struggle for every breath, then you are only half alive. As a double whammy, he became diabetic also. Your kefir has been the light in the tunnel – he seems as if a veil has been lifted from his mind and he seems more lucid.So I have to keep ordering your kefir because he is frightened to stop taking it. So sometimes, you will get a little tired Shann, but the work you are all doing is giving someone like Nick a life. Thank you. Ever grateful.” Feel free to phone 01239 654 072 if you’d like more information. Best, Shann

  59. Hi Shann
    Just wanted to say how amazing it is to read your posts to people and offering to have a chat etc – with successful businesses often you see how corporate and impersonal everything becomes but it’s so nice to see how much you care and give your time to answering questions here!

    Anyway, I have just ordered the Sensitive Kefir Combo as well as the break out lotion on the advice of Elly. I have break outs of eczema on my upper eyelid and odd small patches in between my fingers and side of hand – these have only cleared with prescribed steroid cream so far but seem to return. The eczema is something I first had as a baby and seems to come back here and there over the years for no apparent reason. I also have very dry and flaky feet (currently put on GP prescribed Aveeno cream which soothes but never clears the excessive dryness on feet). I also have recurrent athletes foot all over my feet.

    I am on HRT and also have IBS and acid reflux which seem to worsen with too much dairy (currently only have a drop of cow’s milk in tea). I’ve had a colonoscopy and other intrusive, unpleasant tests – no major issues apart from a small hiatus hernia which shouldn’t cause the trouble it is – acid reflux is very unpleasant and with me pretty much 24 hours a day. I’ve lost a fair amount of weight as I just can’t face eating sometimes. I underwent gut testing at Guy’s in London and apparently I have a slight fructose sensitivity. I also followed a low FODMAP diet to try and address excessive stomach bloating. This was a very difficult diet to follow and the result was terrible constipation and no improvement with the bloating.

    Life, hormones and family issues mean I have felt stressed for years so I’m pretty sure this has depleted my immune system as well as the fact I suffered for many years with endometriosis before I couldn’t stand it any more and had a hysterectomy. Big doses of hormones prior to that was almost certainly what then caused my pituitary tumour (the endocrine dictates all sorts of things so this has really put my body ‘out’).

    So now I’m going to try your goat kefir and goat products. I am keeping an open mind and trying not to place too much hope into this but I am very much looking forward to giving it a go. What do you reckon – is there hope for me?! Can this regime of drinking kefir and using kefir products help rebalance my gut and help with IBS, acid reflux, tiredness, eczema, athlete’s foot and stomach bloating? Could it also help my messed up endocrine?

    I note that you have told people not to have sugar, maple syrup etc with the kefir but fruit – fruit contains sugar so I’m interested to know why that is OK to have – is it the type of sugar in fruit that makes it OK? Also, if you could recommend a particular brand/type of Stevia to have that would be really helpful.

    I will keep you posted on how things go and really hope you’ll reply to this post!

    1. Hi Annie – Thanks for your kind words – glad you like our personal touch – this is exactly why we don’t sell through any outside retailers. Staying in close contact with you, making sure that you understand the science behind how and why it works, and coaching you through the entire process is the most important thing to us – and I simply don’t trust anyone outside our own carefully trained team to handle this! (The goats tell me I’m a bit of a control freak – never mind! ; ) Ok, so here’s the good news: your IBS, acid reflux, tiredness, eczema, athlete’s foot, stomach bloating and messed up endocrine are all connected. They’re all symptomatic leaves of a single tree – and the trunk of the tree sits in your gut. So yes, I would expect all these symptoms to subside as you get your microbiome back in order. It’s not an overnight cure – it will take probably about 9 weeks before you see strong results. You’re going to need to KEFIRISE pretty strictly – that means 1. drink the kefir 2. apply kefir skincare and 3. follow the kefirise diet. More info in my book The Good Skin Solution and on the my blog site kefirise.com. The reason that fruit is ok when sugar and maple syrup is not, has to do with the rate at which these things are turned into sugar inside your system. Everything you eat is converted to sugar – but you want to eat things that burn slowly, like wood in a fireplace, instead of quickly, like paper in a fireplace. Honey, sugar and and maple syrup are high-GI – they burn quicky, like paper. Fruit, when eaten whole, burns more slowly, as the rate of burn is slowed by the pulp. This is why we suggest that you blitz or blend your fruit, never juice it – you want the pulp in there, to slow the rate of burn. For stevia, you want 100% pure. I like Sweet Leaf, which I order online. Any other questions, please feel free to ring us 01239 654 072. Good luck and keep us posted! x Shann + the Goats

      1. Many thanks for your comprehensive reply Shann – really appreciate you (and the goats) taking the trouble! Lots to take in! I’m not familiar with the diet you recommend – will have to look into that 🙂
        I will order some Stevia so I’m kefir-ready when it arrives.
        Will keep you posted and ring if I feel I need to.
        Thanks again! Annie x

  60. Hi Shann,

    I’ve just read about an eczema cream produced under the brand name Gladskin, which contains Staphefekt, a type of enzyme which targets and eliminates a particular bacteria (Staphylococcus Aureus) on your skin which is thought to be dominant on the skin of many people with eczema, and increases itching and redness. Its success in getting rid of the eczema depends largely on how much of the Staphylococcus Aureus is present on your skin in the first place, but this type of bacteria is known to be prevalent on the skin of many people with eczema. My question is whether using your kefir products on my skin is essentially doing the same thing as using the Gladskin cream would be doing, ie. trying to restore a balance of bacteria? Or do you think it would be worth using the Gladskin cream first for a few weeks to target the Staphylococcus Aureus (working on the basis that it is dominant on my skin) and THEN using your kefir skin products to try to maintain a healthy balance of skin bacteria? Great that there are finally some amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of eczema, but also slightly baffling trying to piece all the info together…

    I have just ordered some of the kefir milk, so I will be using that too.

    Many thanks, Becca

    1. Hi Becca – The beauty of kefir is that it is an entire synergistic combination of bacteria and yeasts that work to suppress pathogens and put good bacteria into the microbiome. Pulling out single strains of bacteria is a losing game – nature works in synergistic wholes. I would go with kefir every time. It’s the most powerful probiotic going (as demonstrated on Trust Me I’m a Doctor, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38800977) and pretty much renders everything else irrelevant. Best, Shann

      1. Hi Shann,

        Many thanks for your answer – that does make good sense, and I’m looking forward to my kefir delivery!

        One more question… I’ve been using a few drops of tea tree oil, plus a large handful of dead sea salt, in a bath for the last few months, which I’ve noticed has made a significant difference to my overall skin condition. I think the salt softens the hard water, and the tea tree I use for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. (Interestingly, I’ve just found out that tea tree oil is also being used in cases of MRSA and staph infection, so again, it makes sense). Is it still worth using your kefir skin products alongside the tea tree oil, or would the two sort of cancel each other out? Or if I’m going to use the kefir skin products, shall I just stop using the tea tree oil for a while? I know you’re not meant to take the kefir milk with honey because of the honey’s anti-bacterial properties, so wondered if it’s a similar thing with the tea tree oil and kefir skin products?

        Thanks so much to you and the goats! After years of fruitless trips to the GP it’s so good to know that there are other things out there that I can try, and things that seem to be so logical when you have the information, and focussing on addressing the causes of peoples’ conditions rather than just dealing with the symptoms. Becca

        1. Hi Becca – Glad to be able to help – as you say, once you understand that skin conditions are just a map of the gut, and how your gut biome is connected to your skin biome, it all starts to fall into place! Tea tree is a great combination with kefir — we put tea tree essential oil as well as thyme essential oil in our Break-Out range, and it’s our strongest and most powerful range. Our Break-Out bath melts have tea tree and thyme, as well as coconut oil and cocoa butter, so would be a simple addition to your bath. You can use the Break-Out Kefir Cleanser instead of soap, and apply the Break-Out Kefir Lotion afterwards. Good luck! ; )

  61. Hello Shann,
    I’ve just finished reading your “The Good Skin Solution” and have ordered the Calming set with the kefir and now cannot wait to get started!
    In my teens I had dreadful acne and rosacea and over the years I have it just about under control with topical Vitamin A products, although my skin is not a worry so much now it does flare up every now and again.
    My main concern is that I’ve recently been quite poorly and the tests have come back with a diagnosis of Asthma, Hiatus Hernia, Reflux, Nasal Drip, Barrats Oesophagus and Bronchiectasis! The upshot is that I used to be quite active and enjoyed life and now everything has changed.
    I take Omeprazole, HRT and have a Fostair inhaler to be taken four times a day – I feel better than I did when I was poorly but don’t feel “normal”.
    May I take the kefir alongside this cocktail (I’m most worried about the Fostair as that is steroids combined with ventolin) or would it be better to stop the meds and then take the kefir?
    The posts here on your website have filled me full of hope for the future, what a marvellous thing you are doing.
    Many thanks in anticipation, Mary

    1. Hi Mary – All the issues that you’re dealing with are connected – you can think of them as symptomatic leaves of a single tree, and the trunk of the tree sits in your gut! Putting the good bugs back into your microbiome will help to resolve all of these things. They are all barrier sites of your immune system – which logically enough sits in the places where the outside meets the inside of your body – skin, gut, sinus and lungs. Damage to the gut maps onto all these areas, and kefir can help. You may take the kefir alongside the drugs, and you may find that you can gradually come off the drugs as your symptoms begin to resolve. Good luck and keep us posted, feel free to give a ring if you’d like to chat! 01239 654 072. Best, Shann

      1. Thank you Shann, I really appreciate the reply and offer of a chat, that is most kind of you. I’ve started on the food recommendations in your book in anticipation of receiving the kefir to hopefully give my system a bit of a kick start and will certainly keep you posted – it would be marvellous to stop taking the drugs and have a normal life again!
        Once again, many thanks and best wishes.

        1. It’s my pleasure Mary, good luck and keep us posted – that’s why we don’t sell through any outside retailers, so that we can be here for you to support and answer questions during the process. Lean on us as needed! Best, Shann

          1. Just started the third 21 day course of kefir and I sailed through the first two courses so stopped taking my inhaler and the omeprazole a couple of weeks ago. I was obviously a bit premature as my cough and breathlessness returned with a vengeance!! Probably need to have a bit more patience and do things slowly so have gone back to using my inhaler but I don’t need the omeprazole anymore. The difference in my skin though is amazing, I’m still experimenting with which cleanser and lotion suit the best (Calm Down is the frontrunner so far) however I’ve stopped using the Retinol and Vitamin A products and my skin is clearer and smoother, to be fair it wasn’t that bad most of the time due to the retinol and Vit A but now I can spend the money I’ve saved on those products on Kefir and I’ve had better results with the Kefir cleanser and lotion!
            I do have a bit more stamina so I’m hoping that carrying on doing back to back kefir courses will keep improving the situation as well as staying well clear of sugar and high GI foods.
            So, things are heading in the right direction it seems although I cannot set fire to my inhaler just yet!

          2. Hi Mary –
            Glad you’re having such a great result with your skin! Fantastic that your skin is clearer and smoother, and that you no longer need the Retinol or Omeprazole. Keep going – it will probably take about 6 months to see a strong result in your lungs. The kefir is working its way down through your system, spring cleaning as it goes, and it does take time. It’s not a drug, but a natural process, and those little seeds take time to grow! Keep the faith and keep doing what you’re doing – you will be thrilled with your long-term results!x Shann

  62. Hi
    6mnths ago I had part of my large intestine removed and a Storma bag fitted (suspected cancer) .
    3mnths ago I was fit enough to have the Sorma bag removed (reversal).
    My problem now is the effect all this has had on my ability to correctly educate my bowel movements!
    Would kefir help? apart from helping to replace good bacteria. The only medication I am only on statins
    Thanks

    1. Hi Terry – Yes, kefir will help. My husband has been through an ileostomy, bag and reversal, and now is completely pain-free, not on any regular drugs or pain killers, and sleeps all the way through the night. I keep him stuff so full of kefir that he sneezes lactobacillus! It’s a long term proposition, but it really does help over time. Best, Shann

  63. Is there any products which can be used to alleviate psoriasis mainly on the scalp but occasionally on the body?
    We have tried most shampoos etc but to no avail.
    I hope you have something we can use.
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Tom –
      Psoriasis is not actually a skin condition at all, but an autoimmune disorder that sits in the gut. You have to heal the gut, in order to heal the skin. What you’re seeing on the scalp is simply microbiome damage, that is mapping onto your skin. This is why creams, lotions or shampoos alone will never resolve the problem. I suggest 3 back-to-courses of the drinking kefir, along with the BreakOut Kefir Cleanser and BreakOUt Kefir Lotion, both of which may be used on the scalp as well as on the skin. Good luck and feel free to call us with more questions 01239 654 072. Best, Shann

  64. Hi Shann,
    I am currently on medication for Lupus, which involves warfarin, steroids (prednisilone 20mg), hydroxychloroquine vitamin D. and other tablets as we’ll.
    I am absolutely at a loss as to why I never feel really we’ll even though I take this medication religiously and have done so for approximately 3 years.
    Would I have to come off all medication to try your product?
    Also my 14 year old grandson has recently developed a bad case of alopecia which is practically all over his scalp. Would any of your lotions help.

    1. Hi Rita –
      Lupus is an autoimmune condition, which indicated damage to your microbiome. The medications that you’re taking will never actually restore your microbiome, which is why they never make you feel better. Recent science has shown that altering your gut bacteria by adding lactobacillus (which kefir contains) may mitigate lupus symptoms. See the entire study here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141020212750.htm. So kefir will make you feel better! The hitch for you is that kefir also contains high levels of Vitamin K, which deactivates warfarin. Although many of our clients find that they can gradually come off medications over time as their condition improves, you would need to discuss this issue with your consultant and only come off the warfarin under his advice.
      Alopecia is also an auto-immune disorder. These things tend to run in families, unfortunately, so you can see the genetic drift from mother to son. I would recommend 9 weeks of the kefir for your son, and he can use the Soothing kefir cleansers and lotions on his scalp. He should also put the straight kefir onto his scalp and leave for 10 mins before washing off, once a day. The lactobacillus on the skin and in the gut should with hair re-growth.
      Hope that helps!
      Best,
      Shann

  65. Hi, is there any way to purchase your kefir product in the States? It definitely sounds like something I’d like to try. Thanks for your time

    1. Hi Jim – thanks for your interest! We don’t ship our kefir to the states, but we do ship our kefir skincare anywhere in the world. If you’re trying to source drinking kefir local to you, be sure that you go for unflavoured goats milk kefir made with real grains, in the traditional style, as recommended by Trust Me I’m a Doctor, read the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38800977
      Hope that helps.
      Best,
      Shann

  66. Hi Shann
    I only heard about kefir yesterday from an article in Healthy magazine. Ive read lots of the comments here and I shall place an order as I feel it will help my constant burping (embarrassing!) and my partner’s colitis. I am concerned about the taste though! I don’t like drinking milk, I have goats milk in tea and coffee and Oatley in porridge.. Does kefir taste ok on muesli and can I heat it up for making porridge?
    Thanks, Sue

      1. Hi Sue/ Shann
        I’ve taken kefir for just three days now and worried about the taste. It’s ok. I found the consistency more of an issue. But I stand looking out at my garden, watching the birds and just down it! It’s gone in 30 seconds and I take a small glass of water to cleanse the mouth. Fingers crossed in a few weeks/months I’ll be able to tell you my psoriasis and arthritis has significantly improved. Go for it Sue.

        1. Hi Christine – So glad you’re able to down the kefir straight! Like any medicine, it doesn’t taste particularly good – but here on the farm we drink it straight as well, and have actually come to crave the tart taste and hair-raising strength of it. Keep us posted and let us know how you get on with your psoriasis and arthritis! Best, Shann

  67. Hi shann, ny husband suffers from recurrent fungal infections of his skin (scalp and feet mainly) We have tried a lot of topical natural solutions (essential oils, coconut oil, ACV) and chemical antifungals. We have tried the candida diet and he has taken probiotics and some herbal remedies (such as oil of oregano). Anyway long story short have you heard of kefir helping such a case? I know it can’t hurt and could only help with potential gut issues but wondered if you knew first hand of your product helping with this particular skin issue. Many thanks

    1. Hi Louise – Yes, we work with a lot of clients who have fungal infections – this is a result of your husband’s microbiome being out of whack, and the kefir helps to rebalance it, both inside the gut and on the skin. We also have something called CG Oil which might help. Probably best if you give us a call 01239 654 072 and we can talk you through the options – Best, Shann

    1. Hi Linda –
      Kefir will put the good bugs back into your microbiome, which will improve your digestion. This should help with the wind that you’re experiencing – I would also suggest that you take digestive enzymes with your meals, which should help as well. Best, Shann

  68. Hi can you tell me if I can take kefir, I’m on medication for over active thyroid, acid reflux, high blood pressure, and last year diagnosed with cough variant asthma, I’m also dairy intolerant, not to the lactose, but the protein in cows milk, does it come in just the drink format or in tablet form as I have to wait 1hr 30min before I can eat breakfast.
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Vanessa – Kefir will help with all of your issues, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t take it. The kefir only comes in drink form, but you should be find with it, as it contains no alpha 1 casein which is the allergen in cows milk. Kefir is very helpful with lactose intolerance, so you may find you can tolerate more over time as you put the good bugs back into your system. Feel free to phone 01239 654 072 for a chat. Best, Shann

  69. Dear Shann,
    I have read your Q&A with interest.
    I haven’t come across about crohn’s and benefits etc., Can goats kefir help.
    I have been suffering since 1988, when my symptom got worse.
    I also suffer from diabetes and other associated problems. currently I have been in and out of ST. Mark’s Hospital – Harrow. , with compromised immune system. I am on Humira ( Adlimamab), and a raft on medications. I am daily on Parental Nutrisition daily with a lot of Glucose in it.
    As you may know I am only recommended to eat high protein and very low fibre diet, very poor absorption.
    I have had a right hemicolotomy, with intestinal failure with about 70cm small bowel left. and only thing that has allowed to stay out of hospital is on antibiotics, for the last 2 months or so, my liver function is also affected. it is 250mg vancomycin twice a day,200mg rifaximin (xifaxanta) new drug twice a day, plus azathioprine 75mg daily,1x allopurinol100mg once a day to help the azaoththioprine to absorb.
    can you make any recommendations?

  70. Hi
    Just received my first batch of kefir and wanted to ask if it would be ok to eat brown rice, pasta and couscous during the course?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Sarah – Brown rice is a high GI food, and pasta and couscous both contain gluten, so we don’t recommend any of these foods if you’re working with an autoimmune skin conditions. Go for oatmeal, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, amaranth, buckwheat and millet instead – all low GI and gluten-free. Phone us on 01239 654 072 if you’d like more info – Best, Shann

  71. Hi,
    Lovely product. I just have a couple of questions how much goats milk Kefir should I give my 10 month old baby. Also she suffers from eczema and I wondered would using goats milk kefir on her skin work? She’s only been drinking it the last couple of days so I’m very interested in seeing the results 😋

    1. Hi Kathleen – Eczema is not a skin condition, but an autoimmune condition that sits in the gut. The gut maps onto the skin, so you’re going to have to heal the gut, in order to heal the skin. You’re going about it the right way! Kefir is safe for infants from birth, and is a great way to get the good bugs back into the gut. Kefir also contains lactobacillus, which eases abdominal cramping in babies, so is great for preventing colic. You can give your baby 20 ml of kefir a day. You can’t over-consume kefir, so don’t worry about giving too much. You can put kefir directly on the skin, or you can use our Baby Kefir Cleanser and Lotion – easier to apply, and smells a lot better! Good luck and keep us posted – feel free to ring 01239 654 072 if you have more questions – Best, Shann

  72. I’ve been taking kefir for about 10 days for long-standing chronic fatigue/immune system issues. I immediately felt totally zonked and have now developed a very bad cold/cough/joint pains. This might just be a coincidence but could it be a reaction to the kefir? If so should I pause from taking it?

    Many thanks. Neil

    1. Hi Neil – A detox stage, where symptoms can worsen before getting better, is totally normal. This is a good sign that the kefir is doing it’s job – pushing the bad bacteria out to make space for the good! Symptoms of tiredness and achiness are also common, however, the cough and cold could just be coincidental. We advise you continue to drink the kefir as it’ll help boost the immune system and push you through your detox stage. Hope this has helped 🙂 Best, Elly.

  73. Hello! I’m so happy I found chuckling goat 🙂 – can’t wait to try your kefir. I was also wondering if you would ever consider doing raw goat milk kefir?

  74. I love your kefir and am sticking to only goats products for the rest of the day (goats butter, cheese and milk) . There is one thing I miss: eating yoghurt with seeds and fresh fruit. Is there a goats milk based yoghurt equivalent? Thank you.

    1. Hi Gunda – glad you’re enjoying the kefir, and good for you for switching to goat dairy products – a great health boost! Sure, goat yogurt is readily available – they have it at Tesco’s. Best, Shann

    1. Hi Yvonne –
      Kefir is high in potassium, as well as magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin D. Your husband’s GP would need to determine whether the kefir would be a good choice for him.
      Best,
      Shann

  75. Shann, Really appreciate you taking time to answer questions! Thank you!

    Adore what your doing, i feel very evangelical about kefir. i have been making kefir out of coconut milk as i don’t tolerate lactose. I am very tempted to try goats milk kefir. How do you check that all the lactose has been converted? Do you do this per batch? On top of that i have been told i am intolerant to yeast (yorks test – subject to debate) do you that applies to good yeasts too?

    Huge thank you in advance. Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah –
      Thanks for your kind words! Glad you’re enjoying kefir. I wouldn’t recommend making kefir from coconut milk, more info here: https://chriskresser.com/3-reasons-why-coconut-milk-may-not-be-your-friend/
      Goats milk kefir is the strongest and most powerful kefir you can have, because dairy is the best base for probiotics, more info here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150717142439.htm and goats milk is a non-allergenic superfood, more info here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110518092146.htm
      Kefir is 100% lactose-free, as all the lactose is consumed during the fermentation process.
      Hope that helps!
      Best,
      Shann

  76. What would be the best way to treat my diverticulosis I am struggling to find out what sets it off. I also take medication for osteoporosis

    1. Hi Karen – Ideally kefir should be consumed every day. On the farm we all have it every day – on a really bad day, I’ll take two! ; ) An ongoing supply of probiotics helps bolster your immune system against the ongoing attacks of sugar, stress, antibiotics and environmental toxins that we all face every day.

  77. Hello
    I would like to know if it is OK for diabetics, so low in sugars and fats. Sorry if someone as asked this but I haven’t read all of them. Also I’m been lazy.

  78. I’ve struggled with IBS for many years, seems to be food-related but more and more different foods are now setting it off. To start with I just had to avoid red meat to stay okay, then I had to cut back on gluten and lactose and then after a bad patch I cut out gluten completely. I used the tablets from the doctor (Colofac and then Buscopan) so much that they stopped working for me, and recently even peppermint oil is not working as well as it did. Last week I had a meal at a friend’s house, and although I was really careful what I ate, something set it off and that evening I was in agony for 2 hours. Now I’m really sore, yet hardly dare eat anything to build my strength – I can’t go on like this! What do you recommend I should take?

    1. Hi Pippa – Increasing amounts of food intolerance indicate damage to the microbiome. I’m guessing that at some point you had a course of antibiotics or an autoimmune event that set this off? Kefir will help – I suggest that you start taking the kefir as well as drinking 1 c of bone broth daily. Follow the daily habits of the GSS – more info on my blog, thefarmerswife.wales. Feel free to phone 01239 654 072 if you’d like to chat. Best, Shann

  79. Hi, first of all I want to say the products you have look great! (Just what I have been looking for, and trust me I have looked!) I ordered the kelfir yesterday but didn’t see the skin products so couldn’t order at the same time.
    I have terrible gut issues and abit of a mystery pustule skin rash on my chest, neck and back which comes and goes. My dermatologist has said it is folliculitis. More likely to be yeast follicultis as any anti biotics or anti biotics creams agggrivate it.
    My question is- which skin products would you recommend for me to use along side kelfir? I have tried tea tree before and it appears to aggrivate rash so I thought maybe your mild form product?
    All my GI and rash issues started after taking a short course of anti biotics at the start of this year ( for a cold!!) and trying to fix the microbes inbalance myself with hernal antibiotics/ anti fungals etc, at this point I got myself into abit of a mess – microbobe wise.
    Any advice you have would be amazing and very much appreciated.
    Symptoms- tenesemus, constipation/ dioreaha, trapped gas, bloating!
    I have recently considered the expensive option of Fmt, so if this kelfir works I will come and have a party with the goats myself 🙂
    I will keep you updated!

    Thank you in advance and sorry about lonnggg message!
    Amanda

    1. Hi Amanda – As it sounds like you’ve already realised, antibiotics kill off the good bugs in your gut, which causes microbiome damage. This damage shows up in your system in different ways – in your tummy, can feel like IBS, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. On your skin, it can show up as a rash. In the behavioral center of your brain, it shows up as anxiety and depression, and in your entire nervous system it feels like fatigue. But these are all symptomatic leaves of the same tree, and the root of the tree sits in your gut! Lock yourself in for at least 3 back-to-back courses of the kefir, and prepare for an up and down ride as it spring cleans your system and puts the good bugs back in there. Detox symptoms can include all sorts of things, including a flare-up of the skin condition. But stay with it, and it will resolve over time! Please see thefarmerswife.wales for GSS (Good Skin Solution) dietary habits that will support the action of the kefir during this time. I would recommend our BreakOut soap and lotion, as it’s the most powerful, as long as you are not allergic to tea tree. If tea tree is too strong, step it down to the Soothing range (rosemary) or Calm Down (lavender.) Good luck and keep us posted – feel free to phone 01239 654 072 if you’d like a chat. Best, Shann

  80. Hi Shann I was interested to read that your husband suffered from ulcerative colitis. I also suffered from this for many years and my large intestine was removed about 35 years ago. Are you able to tell me whether the benefits of kefir would extend to people who only have a small intestine?

    1. Hi James – Yes, kefir is great for people who only have a small intestine. My hubby is 3 years post-op now, and takes no regular pain medication or drugs of any kind. I just stuff him full of kefir all the time! I think it may have something to do with the function of the large intestine – they say it’s just a spin dryer, but my research suggests that a lot of fermentation goes on there. When you are living without one, you need to introduce the fermentation bacteria in another way – and kefir is the easiest way to do that. Good luck! Best, Shann

  81. Hi. I have 2 quesions:

    a) I’ve just had my flu vaccination and wonder whether taking kefir will interfere with the efficacy of the jab. Should I stop taking the kefir for a few days.?

    b) how should I go about freezing some of my kefir grains? wrap them up? put them in plastic box? or ?????

    Many thanks
    Jean

    1. Hi Jean – Kefir will not interfere with the efficacy of your flu jab. Kefir faciliates your own immune system, so if anything, it will help your immunity develop. I would not freeze kefir grains – it may kill them. You can store them up to 3 weeks in the fridge, covered with fresh milk. Hope that helps. Best, Shann

  82. Hi I was checking info and saw in your list of friendly bacteria refetence to Enterococus Faecium which I’d read may be pathogenic and not so friendly. As it doesn’t appear on Dr Newbold’s list from analysis can yoy she’d light on this for me. Thanks. Am looking forward to trying the goat’s kefir.

    1. Hi Lyn –
      The probiotic enterococcus faecium is a bacterial member of the microflora which makes up the healthy gut of humans and animals.Their colonization of the human and animals GI tract is not only natural, but necessary. Together with other healthy bacteria and fungi, they work to keep unhealthy (pathogenic) bacteria from flourishing and, in cases where a GI tract has become imbalanced or compromised; enterococcus faecium helps to restore the balance.
      Enterococcus faecium occupies the human gut in substantial numbers. For example, a single gram of fecal matter contains more than 100 million (1 x 10^8) colonies of enterococcus faecium. This bacteria plays an integral part of the microflora which keeps us healthy. The key here is that the internal ecosystem must be balanced, which is what kefir does so well. Hope that helps – Best, Shann

  83. Hi Shann

    I’ve tried your Kefir goats milk on a couple of occasions now and definitely felt it improved my digestion. I have been suffering on an off for years with a chronic cough and although an E.N.T consultant couldn’t give me a definitive answer he say’s i could be suffering from post nasal drip or acid re flux (although i don’t suffer from heartburn) I now suspect after doing a lot of research that it might be silent reflux casued by pepsin escaping from the stomach. Do you think that Kefir might help combat this, not sure if it is alkaline or not.

    1. Hi Richard – Kefir woujld be helpful for this conditions because it 1. decreases over-all levels of inflammation, which will help with the cough and 2. helps decrease the over-production of mucous in the systen. Boosting your immune system is a good way to ensure that high levels of mucous from a post nasal drip doesn’t clog and result in a secondary bacterial infection inside the lungs. Hope that helps – Best, Shann

  84. Just to make clear, the pasteurised goats milk has no bacteria in it at all as it is all killed off in the pasteurisation process, then the new beneficial bacteria is added via the grains and the fermentation process – is that correct?

    1. That’s correct, Martin. We also make small amounts of raw milk kefir available for our raw-milk fans. If you are interested in raw milk kefir, please phone 01239 654 072 to pre-order. Best, Shann

      1. i too was interested in Martins comment as to how much good bacteria is in the finished product with it being pastuerized, how much raw milk kefir are you still making and does that stock last long?

        1. Hi Lee – Our kefir, whether made with a raw base or a pastuerised base, has exactly the same beneficial bacteria when finished -we’ve had both tested by Aberystwyth University, and the difference is negligible. So it’s really a matter of taste, whether you want the raw-milk kefir or not. We are making small amounts of raw milk kefir these days – if you’d like to pre-order some, please phone 01239 654 072. Best, Shann

  85. Hi chuckling goat
    just wanted to post to say thankyou I had given up on anything making my eczema better since iv been on you kefir milk for around 3 months now and my eczema has completely vanished. as far as im concerned its a mirricle product so thankyou chuckling goat if you could see the before and after you would be amazed.

    1. Hi Lee – It’s fine to make kefir with pasteurised milk. The strains in the kefir grains trump the bacteria in the starting substrate, so as long as you’re using goats milk, it’s fine.

  86. Hi Shann,

    I would like to order the sensitive pack for my 10 year old who has suffered with excema since birth. She has been on goats milk and yoghurt for quite few years now but still suffers with incredibly dry and itchy skin, with sore breakouts. Like many people on here, she has steroid creams, emollients and the best treatment, although not ideal, is Aveeno lotion. This however stings on application.
    My query is related to the 21 day treatment. Does she have to quit sugar completely and replace with Stevia? Would it be detrimental to continue to eat some products that contain small amounts of sugar (e.g breads). We cook everything else from fresh.

    Thanks for your help

    1. Hi Mary – Sugar kills the microbiome. So your best result is going to be to try to get your daughter onto stevia instead of sugar, rye bread instead of wholewheat or white (it turns to sugar more slowly inside the system) goat dairy instead of cow dairy, and add good fats like coconut oil, avocado and walnut to the diet. But the main thing is to drink the kefir and apply the kefir skincare – these other items are dietary ways to support the kefir. Feel free to give us a ring on 01239 654 072 if you’d like to discuss in more detail – x

  87. Hi guys,

    My dog has been diagnosed with aspergillus fungus in his nasal cavity, I am unwilling to put him through any major ops and the research I have done suggests it could be linked to a weakened immune system. Do you think kefir would help with this? If so how much should he have daily? He’s a 35kg labrador. Thanks 😁

  88. Hi Shann,
    Just about to start my first course of kefir. From reading the comments I understand kefir is best taken on an empty stomach however I prefer a savoury protein based breakfast. Can I take my kefir along with my breakfast or would it be best to take it when I first get up and have my breakfast about an hour later?

  89. Hi Shann,
    I have found out I have candida and have been told that your products may be able to help balance the bacteria in my gut. I detoxed completely and felt a lot better but have recently got a bit less strict with myself and I can feel it starting to have a negative affect again. My concern is the yeast as I have previously been told to avoid it.
    I would like to get your advice before I order anything please.
    Thank you
    Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah – The kinds of yeast in the kefir are not harmful to candida – kefir helps to put the whole microbiome back in order, which helps suppress the candida overgrowth back to healthy levels. x

      1. many thanks .

        if the milk kefir without grains is good for 30 days at fridge or frozen , what the better manner and time for stock only

        the grains ?

          1. sorry for inconvenience . the question is about the shelf life of the kefir and of the kefir grains .

            another comment : is kefir useful for diarrhoea therapy ? it is really that a unusual dose of kefir may cause diarrhoea ?

  90. Hi there,
    I’ve had acne since I was a teen, hoped I would grow out of it but no such luck. I’m 36 now and still suffer with it on my back and chest and have flare ups on my face. I’ve tried all sorts of creams, gels, topical lotions but no help. I am nearing the end of a three month course of erythromycin but to be honest haven’t noticed any improvement with that either.
    I have long since thought that dairy, namely cows milk has contributed to my acne and have in the past week have decided to really cut down on it. I am yet to see any changes in my skin, maybe I need to really cut it out but not sure if I am able to as I’ve tried other milk alternatives and don’t get on with them.
    I came across your site by chance and am extremely interested in trying the kefir out to see if it helps me. I’ve read in previous comments that I should wait until I finish my course of antibiotics, which I will do.
    But I wonder whether I should try eliminating my dairy intake first to see if it is indeed that or shall I just go ahead and start a course of the kefir when I’m finished my antibiotics? Any advice would be grately received!
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Claire – Acne is an autoimmune disorder, which actually sits in your gut. It’s a result of damage to your microbiome. You’re going to have to heal your gut, in order to heal your skin. Best way to do this is to drink the kefir as an oral immunotherapy, while also applying it to your skin as a topical immunotherapy. I suggest you’re going to need about 3 back-to=-back courses of the kefir (that’s 9 weeks) and the BreakOut kefir soap and lotion. Kefir is not a drug – it’s a way of “re-seeding” your microbiome, so takes some time for those good bugs to grow and work. Erythromycin (and all antibiotics) damage your mcirobiome further, and so will never fully resolve your acne – I’d get off it and start the kefir straight away! Prepare for a detox – the skin may get worse before it gets better. But you will see improvement! Check out our success story page. Good luck – feel free to phone 01239 654 072 if you’d like to chat. You’ll need to alter your diet a bit as well during your kefir course – happy to advise. ; )

      1. Hi Shann,
        Thanks for that, I’ll definitely be ordering your break out combo then! What kind of diet changes do you advise?
        X

        1. Hi Claire – Suggest that you remove all sugar, have stevia instead. Remove cow dairy, have goat dairy instead. Remove white potatoes, have new potatoes or sweet potatoes instead. Remove bread, have oatmeal, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas instead. No fruit juice – you can have fresh fruit or fruit blended with the pulp left in. Red wine, 70% chocolate is fine. Add coconut oil, avocado, walnuts and salmon to your diet. Hope that helps!x

          1. Hi Shann,
            I received my batch of kefir yesterday and have yet to try it! I’d like to make a smoothie, could you remind me of what I could put in one please? I’m not keen on bananas and they seem to crop up in most smoothie recipes I’ve seen, any alternatives?!
            Thank you for your advice, I’ve cut cows milk products out and am getting there with the bread and white potatoes too. I love all goats milk products anyway so no problem there!
            Can’t wait to start my course 😀
            Thanks again
            Claire X

          2. HI Claire – good for you, the changes you’re making in your eating habits will really support your health, you’re going to start seeing some big changes in the way you feel! ; ) Bananas are good because they’re not acidic, and add some natural sweetness. But if you’re not keen on them, try strawberries, raspberries or blueberries (or a combination!) Add 1 TBSP of coconut oil (optional) and sweeten with stevia to taste. Enjoy! x

          3. I find it impossible to cut my sager from my diet any point taking the kifer
            Have ibs rheumatism itchy throat and so on migraine

          4. Hi K –
            It’s still a good idea to take the kefir, as it will help to suppress your sugar cravings, and enable you to make healthier choices over time! It’s a good thing to substitute 100% stevia for sugar – still gives you that sweet effect, without harming the microbiome.
            Best,
            Shann

  91. Hi Cathryn – my husband suffers from diverticulitis and I have just placed an order for his first 21 day supply. He has a particularly bad bout of it at the moment with no assistance from the doctors, is there any food that you would suggest that he avoids / eats whilst taking this. I have told him that he will be detoxing for at least 21 days when it arrives but guess that he will really need a further 2 x 21 day supplies to be most beneficial

    1. Hi Lisa – Kefir is great for diverticulitis – Chris Kresser recommends it, more advice here: https://chriskresser.com/how-to-prevent-diverticulitis-naturally/ I would also suggest that your husband remove sugar from his diet (he can use stevia instead) remove cow dairy and substitute with goat dairy, and add 1 c of collagen broth daily. Here’s some advice on how to make it: http://thefarmerswife.wales/whats-ancient-magic-traditional-welsh-cawl/. He should also be adding 1 TBSP of cold pressed virgin flaxseed oil to his kefir – blend it up with a banana, and add stevia to taste. Good luck and keep us posted – I would anticipate he’s going to need at least 3 courses to begin with – Best, Shann

      1. Hi Shann
        Well my husband seems to be better after two courses with not so many really bad days and I have just ordered his third course so fingers crossed it may just sort him out.
        He has to go for an colonoscopy later in september and is concerned that all of the good work will be undone what are your thoughts ?
        Thanks

        1. Hi Lisa – By September you should be seeing even more good results! And better and better as you go on over time. Six months is a good time to see some strong results. The colonoscopy itself shouldn’t cause a problem -the kefir will get his gut in good shape for the procedure. Good luck and keep us posted!

  92. Hi Shann. I’ve had colon problems for about the past year. I eat a lot of fibre, exercise daily and still need to take a gentle daily laxative to prevent tears developing while wait for a referral from my GP to come through. Do you think kefir could help?

    1. Hi Sarah – Kefir is helpful for colon problems. I’ll refer you to another client, Naomi, who says this:
      Good morning!
      I’ve been meaning to get back in touch for several weeks & have finally put ‘pen to paper’! I really need to thank you for your help & advice re my previous queries, I’m so glad I followed your recommendations & stuck with the kefir & have seen some fantastic results!
      My non-ulcerative colitis has been a recurring problem since my early 20’s (I’m now 38) & nothing the doctor or specialist has given me has done anything more than ease the issue for a few weeks before I’ve started passing blood again. I was told to eat more healthily, lose weight & stop stressing (!!) & was given to understand that there was little they could do but they did warn me that inflammation in this area could put me at greater risk of bowel cancer, not what you want lurking in the back of your mind. Over the last few years I have tried to put their advice into practice, with varying levels of success but I have barely gone a day in the last decade without blood in my stool & had assumed that was now ‘normal’ for me. Until now. After contacting you regarding my symptoms of chronic stomach pains, I followed your recommendations of breaking myself back into the kefir more gently & trying the recipes for smoothies. After a couple of weeks I was able to get back up to a third of a pint with no nausea or pain & then I noticed that I was no longer passing blood! Frankly it felt like a miracle!! I’ve had no issue since then which is more than I could possibly have hoped for, I feel like a new woman!
      Next stop, I’m hoping that my skin, which is having a major fritz at the moment, will get on board & calm down, I’m putting the current flare-up of dry, itchy patches on my face, hairline, ears & eyebrows down to my body trying flush out the next problem & regain its equilibrium &, although it’s driving me insane, I’m confident that I’ll experience the same great results if I’m patient! So I’m off to place an order for some kefir lotion!
      Many, many thanks again, please keep up the amazing work!
      Naomi

        1. I would try to get up to 170 ml daily as quickly as possible – otherwise you just drag the detox out. Start with the full amount, see how you go, if you struggle, pull back a bit – but don’t stop! x

  93. Help Shann
    I have been eating Ryvita since taking my kefir and suddenly in bed last night realised I had not read the label and it has sugar in it. Bother, bother. Of course farmers 100 years ago would not have eaten Ryvita. I have had between 4 – 6 slices a day with Marmite. Will not have any more Ryvita now I promise! 1% of sugar per slice- grrrrr!

    1. Hi Merryl – I like Ryvita too – but if you’re going to be strict about it, it does have the same GI as wholemeal bread or a crumpet! ; ( Try some Ezekiel bread instead – x

  94. Hello, I have just got over Pneumonia and sepsis and now battling to get rid of an aggressive form of ecoli. Would the Kefir help do you think? My immune system is really bad right now especially as I’m on my 8th lot of antibiotics. If it would be good for me to take the Kefir how many courses would you suggest please?

  95. I have heard that the product is good for dogs who have been on antibiotics and given them sensitive stomachs.

    Is this correct and which product should be used and how much of it?

    Jacqui

    1. Hi Jacqui – Yes, kefir is as good for dogs as it is for people! They can have 20 ml per day. If you’re taking a course, you can share your course it with them. Best, Shann

  96. Hi Shann/chuckling goat team
    Day 4 of kefir and needed stevia today. Time to start blending soon. Have sent off for 3 GAPS books including the one from Natasha of course! Have looked up bone broth, kambucha and saurkraut recipes only online so far. Even found a good source of bones online. I live on my own so only eat roasts when I go out. I tend to eat a lot of fish or chicken but do like meat.
    Tomorrow is my four year old grandsons party at which there will be cake. Also probably hummous and carrot and cucumber sticks. Can I eat a slice of cake? I suspect the answer will be no. After all I will only be on day 5 tomorrow.
    I look forward to getting my wake up soaps today. My first GAP book will arrive too – Natasha’s today and the others tomorrow.
    Love to you all and a rub behind the ears for the goats.
    Merryl

    1. Hi Meryl – Sounds like you’re doing great! How are you feeling? By about day 8-9 you should be noticing a difference! Sorry, no cake for you tomorrow – ; ( Stick to the hummous and carrot sticks. Once you’ve gone through your first 21 days, you can have a treat on special occasions – but for the moment, try to be purer than pure! Good luck and keep us posted – x Shann + the Goats

      1. Hi Shann
        Feel a bit sick today but sat down now after doing the dreaded housework. OK I understand no cake tomorrow.
        Soaps arrived – thank you everyone, including the goats of course.
        If as I suspect I might need to, I need more than one batch of kefir, will I need to take it continously or have a weeks break in between?
        I have had no sugar or alcohol for a few days now ( alcohol taken last w/e – along with rhubarb crumble and custard)! No sugar for several days before the weekend.
        Easy to buy goats milk, butter and cheese in Sainsburys and Waitrose but can you get goats cream too? You can even get goats milk in Asda but not always! Cream plays havoc with my gallstones (currently under control). Goats cream will probably be much more digestible! In due course maybe.
        Will stop now and leave you in peace. Still waiting for Natasha’s book.
        Love
        Merryl

        1. Hi Merryl – I suggest taking three courses of kefir, back to back without a break. You should be feeling much better by the end of that time! I’d avoid the goat cream – too rich. Stick with the goat milk and goat cheese. Good luck! ; )

  97. Hi, I have high blood pressure and taking medication for that + Omeprazole,I suffer with Reflux, IBS, am a borderline diabetic, have a hiatus hernia and am overweight, I am also tired a lot of the time without any energy. will Kefir help and be alright to take with medication for the above? what do you recommend/
    Thanks,
    Vix

  98. Hi Shann
    Just had my first glass of kefir and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. As I have a fatty liver I have been taking the juice of half a lemon in warm water on an empty stomach in the morning. Can I continue to do this? Or will the kefir ‘replace’ the lemon juice?
    Thank you and all the goats.
    Best wishes
    Merryl

    1. Hi Meryl – I drink warm water with lemon too, it’s a great way to get your morning started! No worries, you can continue to do this. The idea of taking the kefir on an empty stomach is just to give it the best possible run at coating the inside of your intestines with the good bacteria, so lemon water doesn’t get in the way. Enjoy!x

      1. So would you say the best time to take is is on an empty stomach at any time. Say you had breakfast but didn’t have time for lunch or is it best first thing in the morning on that empty stomach. Also how much should you take when drinking it. I have a big bottle and probably take 5 gulps but you get the pro bionics and they are small bottles in like 2 gulps
        Gary

        1. Hi Gary – The idea about taking kefir on an empty stomach is simply to give the kefir a clear run at your intestine. The kefir bacteria physically cling to the inside of your intestine, so it’s easier for them to work without interference. But any kefir is better than no kefir! So if you forget, better to take it at any time rather than leave it until the next day. I suggest first thing in the morning because it gives you an energy boost and I hate to waste that by taking it at night. But really you can take it at any time. I recommend 1/3 of a bottle, which is 170 ml per day. Best, Shann

  99. Hi, your products have been highly recommended & I want to buy both kefir & skin products for my husband who has psoriasis (with underlying arthritis though that is calm at the moment). His skin has developed a lot more very red itchy patches recently – what would be the best skin care products to buy?
    Thank you

  100. Sorry I see that I did not finish a sentence…….will another course or two help with my problem or can you take too much lever….the side effects of the drug are scary .
    Many thanks

  101. I have had one course of kefir and would like to continue with another course. My diagnosis is diverticulitis will another course. I am reluctant to take the prescription I have been given mesalazine.

    1. Hi Julie – No, you can never take too much kefir! On the farm we take it every day, and will forever more! Kefir is great for diverticulitis. You’ll probably need 3-4 courses to see a full result. Watch for detox near the end of the second course. You may find that you can come off the drugs gradually as your gut begins to function properly – do so under the supervision of your GP. Good luck and keep us posted – Best, Shann

  102. Hello, I have three questions if you don’t mind, the first is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and have suffered since 2009, would this help at all with my digestion and would I need to use my digestive enzymes when drinking it or not? I currently have an array of meds that I take and wondered whether any would make your product unsuitable, here’s the list:

    Zomorph, Ompremazole, Vensir XL, Pancreas HL, Gliclazide, Amlodipine, Atorvastatin, Metformin, Ponstan.

    My last question is about my Boxer Dog, he has skin allergies and we found that swapping him from conventional food to a raw diet helped greatly with it but he still gets flare ups, mainly in and around his ears. I am currently using Aloe Vera gel but I am only keeping it at bay not clearing it, he also has bad acne too on his face and chin area. Will your product be useful with these conditions and most importantly, is it good for dogs too?

    1. Hi Joanne –
      Pancreatitis is an autoimmune disoder, and your immune system sits in your gut. The microbiome in your gut can be damaged by antibiotics, stress, sugar and enviromental toxins. Once your microbiome is compromised, it becomes very difficult to digest your food. Kefir re-populates the microbiome with the good bacteria that it needs to work properly. You would most likely need to take 3-4 courses (9-12 weeks) and eliminate cow dairy and refined sugar from your diet to see a strong effect. As your microbiome begins to function more effectively, you may find that you can gradually come off your medications, with the consent of your GP of course! Skin flare-ups in dogs also stem from damage to the gut, and kefir works well for dogs as well. You and your Boxer could share a course! If you would like to chat further, please feel free to phone 01239 654 072. ; ) Best, Shann

  103. A friend gave me the Kefir grains as you call them but she said I needed to use whole duchy cows milk and I am not keen to use cows milk, my question is can I use the same grains that I have and switch to goats milk.

    1. H Julie – You’re absolutely right, you want to avoid cow’s milk at all costs! Cow’s milk is very allergic for human beings, can trigger skin issues and autoimmune. Switching your grains over to raw or pasteurised goats milk will be fine, go for the full fat variety. You might notice the grains go a bit slimy as they adjust – you might need to discard one or two batches, but once they adapt they should be fine. Good luck!x

  104. Hi, Shann.
    Could you tell me if your kefir would be helpful for the following 2 problems that I suffer from?
    Firstly, the autoimmune condition lupus and secondly obesity which I have been battling with for many years- I can only lose and then maintain weight if on an extremely low calorific intake which is not sustainable long term. I have read that this may be related to the micro biome. How many courses of your kefir would be appropriate? Thanks.

    1. Hi Susan – Your lupus and obesity are most likely both connected to microbiome damage. Autoimmune disorders like lupus sit in the gut, which is where the immune system resides – and studies have demonstrated that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. Probiotics could help women lose weight and keep it off, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. You can read the whole article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140128103537.htm

  105. My husband has Type 1 Diabetes, Vasculitis and Myelodysplasia, and takes Prednisolone.
    Would it be alright for him to take the Goats Milk drink and would it help any of these conditions.

    1. Hi Elizabeth – The most anti-inflammatory thing you can have is a healthy gut! It brings levels of inflammation all over the body down, and boosts your body’s ability to heal itself – so worth a try! ; )

    1. Hi. I am following a Paleo diet which allows for no grains, no dairy except for grass fed butter etc. It’s been great and has really suited my stomach, helped with weight loss and I have MS which has been behaving better than ever… My question is whether to continue on the gut cleanse I’ve just started which is Kefir and flaxseed flour ? Is Kefir Paleo ?

      1. Hi Jacqui – Chris Kresser calls kefir the “not-quite-Paleo-superfood” and recommends it, saying “The various types of beneficial microbiota contained in kefir make it one of the most potent probiotic foods available.” Read the whole article here – ttps://chriskresser.com/kefir-the-not-quite-paleo-superfood/

  106. Hi
    I have had recurring thrush for the past 2 years and I am on my 2nd batch of kefir and just ordered my 3rd. I am concerned as I have started getting pains in the stomach for the last couple of weeks, I spoke to your team and they said it was probably the kefir doing its work. But the last couple of days i have been vomiting afterwards , also there is mucus as well do you think that the goats milk is too rich as I don’t normally have cows milk only soya.

    1. Hi Wendy – I definitely do NOT recommend soy! http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/. Goats milk is not rich – the fat molecules are smaller and much more digestible than cow’s milk. Sounds like you’ve got some deep-seated microbiome damage there, that is getting cleared up. The end of the second course is a common time to have a severe detox, in Level 4 Damage, which is the most severe. At that level of damage I would expect to also see things like anxiety, depression, fatigue and joint pain. Keep going – you’re headed the right way, and your detox will soon lift – and you’ll start feeling great! Rosacea is one of the most stubborn conditions – takes a long time and a lot of dietary work to shift. Suggest that you avoid sugar, all cow dairy products and incorporate oatmeal, barley, coconut oil, avocado and walnuts into your diet. Good luck – feel free to ring again if you’d like to chat – Best, Shann

      1. Thanks for your information about soya . I do a lot of home baking and use dairy free spreads and sometimes soya spread. What would you use instead of soya spread for sandwiches etc. Thank you.

  107. Hi
    have had a skin disease pemphigus vulgaris blistering of the skin due to to many white or red blood cells cant remember which way round the blisters burst then do not heal at one time lost my hair and my scalp was like a raw steak for over 20 years now and it is controlled with steroids have tried other treatments none have worked the steroids have taken there toll after all these years .Do you think the goats milk will help and which lotion and cleansing bar you would you recommend.Is it ok to use these on your face every day . Regards Debbie

    1. Hi Debbie – I would recommend 3-4 courses of the drinking kefir, along with the Breakout Kefir Cleansing Bar and Lotion. These contain thyme and tea tree essential oils, so will help with any bacterial issues as well as putting the good probiotics back into the skin biome. If you’ve been on steroids for longer than 3 weeks (which it sounds like you have!) it’s important that you come off them, to avoid topical steroid addiction. If you’d like to chat in more detail, please feel free to ring 01239 654 072. x Shann

  108. Hi, I have monthly chronic thrush, which I believe is hormonal. I have tried various natural remedies which will clear up the thrush but it comes back every month. Will the milk be beneficial to me as i am sure I read that it contains yeast.
    Thanks
    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah –
      Thrush indicates an imbalance in your microbiome – think of it as the jaguars have been knocked out in the rain forest, so the deer population is going crazy! Kefir will help get that back in balance – also helps with anxiety, depression, fatigue and hormones. Feel free to ring 01239 654 072 for a chat if you would like – x

  109. Hi Shann,

    I wonder if you can help? Could you tell me the fat, protein and carb content of one of your kefir goats milk bottles. I would love to try it but am a competitive body builder so may only be able to try this off season if the carb and fat contents are too high.

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Andrea – Per 100 g of kefir, the fat is 2.7 g, carb is 2.5 g, protein 3.1g. Men’s Fitness Magazine names kefir as one of the best muscle building food, saying “Fermented dairy products like kefir are a little-known magic bullet for muscle building. Kefir is the perfect addition to any muscle-building blender bomb, providing distinct nutritional advantages over water or regular milk. If you usually use water in your shakes, 1 cup of kefir will add 150 calories to your diet. Compared to regular milk, kefir will allow your meal to be more easily digested due to the presence of probiotics (up to 10 billion good bacteria per cup). These healthy bacteria will help keep your digestive track running at peak condition so it can break down and assimilate a maximum amount of calories and nutrients from your meals.” http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/top-10-muscle-building-foods/slide/9

    1. Hi Nicky – We do, but it’s going to take longer and cost more. If you go to the website and enter what you want, it will calculate the cost for you – if you’d like to speak to a real person, feel free to ring 01239 654 072 with any questions. Best, Shann

  110. Hi

    I have IBS which means I cannot have goats milk though I can have Lactose free milk. Do you think your milk would help my IBS as it has help from the Kefir. Also I have dermitits.
    I see you have alot of good reviews though Im not sure how it would affect me with IBS. I wouldnt want to make the problem worse but I am struggling to figure out what it is that I cannot eat.

    1. Hi Natalie – Kefir is 100% lactose-free, as all the lactose is consumed during the fermentation process. If that is your issue, then you should be fine with the kefir. Your IBS and dermatitis are connected – both signs of damage to your microbiome, and kefir can help. If you’d like more information, please feel free to phone 01239 654 072 for a chat. Best, Shann

  111. Hi I have finally been diagnosed with hidradentis suppuritive (apocrine acne) which I have had for about fifteen years. Would any of your products help?? I am willing to try anything as when I have a breakout it results in golf ball size abscesses which is very debilitating. Any advice would be appropriated

    Many thanks Jess

    1. Hi Jess – Apocrine acne is an autoimmune condition, resulting from microbiome damage. Best solution is to simultaneously treat from the inside and outside – drink 3 courses of kefir to restore the internal microbiome, while also applying kefir to the skin in the form of kefir cleansers and lotions. I would suggest the Break-Out Range for you – thyme essential oil kills acne bacteria more effectively than benzoyl peroxide. Watch out for a detox as the kefir does its work – skin condition may flare before it improves. Good luck and keep us posted – Best, Shann

  112. I read somewhere that kafir can dramatically lower blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension, but no-one has mentioned this in the discussions. My doctor wants to add another medication to the one I’m already taking but I’m resisting. I have three months to get it down on my own so I’m looking for significant effects. Do you have any evidence that kafir will combat hypertension? I’m 64, this is potentially very important. Please help, thank you.

  113. Hi I’m going through a bad patch with my skin so I’ve decided to give your products a go! I’m about to take a course of antibiotics to help my skin. Can kefir be consumed and be affective whilst on antibiotics or should I wait till I’m off them?

    1. Hiya Steven,

      Thanks for your order! 🙂

      We advise you wait til you finish your course of antibiotics before beginning the Kefir – you’ll need it more than ever after this as antibiotics are great at killing infection/virus but also wipe out all the good bacteria in the process so Kefir will help re-populate the gut with the healthy balance of good gut flora it needs to function properly 🙂

      Best,
      Elly.

    2. Hi Steven – Best to wait until you’re through your antibiotics, as the antibioitcs will trump the probiotics every time and wipe them out again, wasting your money and effort. As soon as you come off, I would suggest starting with a course of kefir and Break-Out cleanser and lotion. (Break-Out combo pack is the most cost-effective way to do this.) Severe skin conditions will most likely require 3-4 courses (that’s 9-12 weeks worth) before you see results. Prepare for a detox; your skin condition may flare before it improves, as the kefir does its spring cleaning work. Good luck! Best, Shann

  114. Hi, I’ve nearly finished my first course of kefir and I’m not seeing or feeling any difference yet although I love it every morning for breakfast with bananas. I still have low stomach acid that causes bloating, gas, nausea, sluggish digestion especially when eating carbs. Does kefir have the specific strains to tackle these symptoms? If so how long should I continue trying?? Thanks x

    1. Hi Nichola – the power of kefir is that it has multiple strains of beneficial bacteria, all living and thriving in a synergistic environment – that’s it’s power! Much more effective than a single strain probiotic. You’re probably looking at Level 2 or 3 microbiome damage, which is going to require two or three courses of kefir before you see a full result. Didn’t get that way overnight, and it’s going to take some time to repair! Watch for detox, which means the condition will flare and get worse before it gets better, as the kefir does its spring cleaning work. Also suggest that you remove white sugar, flour, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread from your diet during this time. Substitute stevia instead of sugar, and eat brown rice, pasta, bread, etc. Also add good fats in the form of avocadoes, walnuts and coconut oil. Good luck and keep us posted – Best, Shannn

    1. Hi Carol – Yes you can – my husband had his whole large intestine removed, and he has kefir every day. Three years down the road, he is free from pain and not on any medication of any kind! Stick with it and you will see a great improvement. Best, Shann

  115. Hi Shann,
    My 9 year old has had recurrent peri-anal strep infections for the past 3 years and we have been trying to avoid further antibiotics/antibiotic creams. Would it be possible to use the kefir skin lotions for this use (she has very sensitive skin) or would the raw kefir be better?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      We have a Sensitive Skin range which contains no essential oils, just oatmeal, honey, Finnish oat oil, super soothing goats milk and Kefir so is soft and gentle on even the most delicate of skin! 🙂 Just be sure not to use this internally. Furthermore, the drinking Kefir can be applied straight onto the skin and left for 20 mins before rinsing off – this will really help soothe any irritation or inflammation.

      Good luck!

      Best,
      Elly.

  116. I suffer from eczema and constipation and allergic to dairy products can I drink this kefir also can you buy in health stores

    1. Hi Alicia – Your eczema and constipation are connected – both signs of damage to your gut microbiome, which a course of probiotics like kefir should help with. Goats milk is very non-allergic – children who can’t even tolerate their own mother’s breast milk can often tolerate goats milk. Having said that, people are very individual, and you are the best judge of whether you can tolerate goats milk or not. Our products are only sold online here on the farm. Good luck – Best, Shann

    2. This is incredibly intriguing indeed. I’m stunned this information isn’t more generally available, but many thanks for your focus on it! This is almost certainly the most copverhensime source I have found up to now, and it really is quite useful. Cheers

      1. Thanks for your kind words Lina, glad you’re enjoying! I am endlessly fascinated by this topic and like you, bewildered that we don’t hear more of it! You might enjoy having a look at my blog, thefarmerswife.wales – more good info there!x

  117. Hi, I have rosacea and have had it for about ten years now, I see that you recommend 4 courses a year, is that for the start of all seasons or will it be for consecutive weeks for the best results? And does it clear up completely or just keep it at bay?

    Thanks in advance

    Kind regards

    Julie

    1. H Julie – We’ve found that rosacea is a very stubborn condition, indicating Level 5 damage to the microbiome, ususally takes 4-5 courses of the kefir to see a result. Taking kefir in consecutive courses yields the best results. Fional results are individual and have a lot to do with your diet (how much sugar, cow’s milk, white flour etc are you able to remove from your diet?) and the ongoing damage to your microbiome. Feel free to call 01239 654 072 for a chat if you have more questions, we’d be happy to talk – Best, Shann

    1. Hi Patricia – always best to check with your GP regarding medication, tell them you are considering taking a multi-strain probiotic and ask about conflicts. Best, Shann

  118. have been recommended to try this but i am taking thyroxin for an overactive thyroid condition, i also take probiotics (optibac) and nutri advanced thyro complex.
    too much perhaps!?

  119. I am purchasing my kefer from my local health food store and it keeps for 2 weeks. I would like to buy yours and wondering how long can the kefer be kept in the fridge without spoiling? Or do you recommend freezing it?
    And can pregnant women drink the kefer?
    Thank you!

  120. Hi, am overweight by 3 stone, am trying to lose weight but have terrible chronic constipation problems and have to take lactulose which I am sure I am sensitive to, and my stomach is always like a balloon. Am trying the Cambridge weight loss diet but this makes the constipation worse, so have reverted to taking in 600 – 700 calories a day from mostly protein. Would like to try this product as I am sure my stomach flora is absolutely rubbish. Firstly, how calorific is is and secondly do you think it would help generally in my weight loss goal.

    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Fiona – Kefir is lactose-free, and since our kefir is made with goats milk contains only trace amounts of the allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, found in cow’s milk. Best, Shann

  121. I have bought a course of Kefir for my 10 year old, will it taste ok to use with cereals, I do not think he will want to drink it on its own and he doesn’t like smoothies. I want to think of ways to give it to him.

    1. Hi Anne – I wouldn’t put it on cereal, it’s very tart, similar to natural yogurt. My own ten-year-old likes to drink it blended up with bananas and sweetened to taste with stevia. Good luck! Best, Shann

  122. At 60 I suddenly started suffering from rosacea, ,,,,I can hide the burning cheeks but the red chaffing and blister like spots are definitely not a good look. It’s classically down side of nose in crease and round chin,,,,only thing that heals them ins steroid cream,,,, but in so like to not suffer from this at all, it’s getting me down as I’ve managed to get through all my teenage years spot free all part from odd one!!! 😢
    Do you have any reports on users for rosacea?

    1. We sure do, Lynda – like eczema, rosacea is actually an autoimmune disorder, rather than a skin problem. Your skin is just a map of your gut. Best way to treat autoimmune is through the gut – so our Good Skin Solution is to drink kefir to help the gut, plus apply kefir cleansers and lotions to aid the skin biome at the same time. Rosacea is quite a stubborn and deep-seated issue, so you’re looking at about 4 courses of the kefir. (Each course is 3 weeks.) I would suggest our Soothing range with Rosemary – use the cleanser for face hands and body, instead of soap, and apply the lotion twice daily. Unlike steroids, it won’t thin or harm the skin. Good luck and keep us posted! Any questions, feel free to ring 01239 654 072 and a member of the team will be happy to help. Best, Shann

  123. Have been recommended your product and would like to give it a try but cannot drink any kind of milk. I note in the comments above that there is currently no plan for you to provide the product in capsule form. Is it available anywhere that you know of as a capsule? Not sure what those with a milk allergy can do otherwise? Thank you.

    1. Hi – It is possible to make water kefir, with water kefir grains, which I believe are available online. It’s not as powerful as the milk kefir, but might be worth a try? Coconut water is a good base for this. Hope that helps – Best, Shann

    1. Hi Jill – there are no here is no drug interactions reported by people who take Probiotics and Alendronic acid together yet, that I am aware of. I suggest that you check with your GP – tell him that you are interested in taking a strong multi-strain probiotic, and ask him about interactions. Best, Shann

    1. Hi Roddy – No plans to make a kefir cheese at the moment – cheese-making ends up with a small amount of product and a huge amount of waste, which has to be disposed of. At the moment we have a queue for the products, so there’s not enough to go around as it is! Best, Shann

  124. Hi Shann, I’ve recently had a serious bout of pancreatitis, plus I have high cholesterol. Am I ok to start taking your highly recommended kefir?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Pam – Probiotics have been shown effective for lowering cholesterol: “Two daily doses of a probiotic lowered key cholesterol-bearing molecules in the blood as well as “bad” and total cholesterol, in a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012″.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121105114620.htm. So you’re perfectly ok to start taking kefir! Good luck and keep us posted –
      Best,
      Shann

  125. Hello,

    I have previously used your kefir for my own mild health concerns e.g. allergies. I had good results and was very satisfied with the quality of the kefir. At the time the kefir was made from raw goats milk. I have noticed that now it’s made with pasteurised milk. Is the kefir still as potent when made with pasteurised milk? Why the change?

    1. Hi Bob – We’re bringing our product in line with government recommendations, so that pregnant women, infants and elderly people can take it without concern. Raw milk is safe and has always been safe, but unfortunately the government hasn’t quite caught up with the science, and these groups are still being advised to avoid raw milk products. We’ve had kefir made with both raw milk and pasteurised milk tested at the Institute of Biological and Enviromental Sciences at Aberystywyth University, and the pasteurised-base kefir is just as powerful. It’s the kefiran bacteria that signify, in the final product. Best, Shann

  126. Hello,
    my 14 yr old son has eczema, allergies and asthma. He regularly takes anti histamine and inhalers – would kefir be good for him ?

    1. Hi Nicola – Research has identified two probiotics, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, that have antioxidant properties beneficial for the management of allergies and asthma. (Laiho et al., 2002); (Yu et al., 2010); (Ferreira et al, 2012). Both probiotics are found plentifully in kefir. My son was able to put his inhalers away after taking kefir regularly. Good luck! Best, Shann

  127. Hi Shann,
    If I were to use the kefir as a hot chocolate ( i.e heat in saucepan for example) , would this reduce beneficial effects? Trying to work out a way of getting in my daughter!

    1. Hi Fiona,

      You shouldn’t heat it, put sugar with it and it probably won’t taste too good either! Blitzing it into a smoothie with a really ripe banana, some Stevia and frozen berries should take the edge off the tang 😉

    1. Hi Jane – shingles has an autoimmune component. Autoimmune disorders begin in the gut, and indicate damage to your microbiome, which is the 2 kg of bacteria that reside in the gut. Microbiome damage is best treated with a course of a strong probiotic like kefir. Read more here: https://experiencelife.com/article/autoimmune-disorders-when-your-body-turns-on-you/. I would recommend a course of the drinking kefir and our Soothing skincare range. Good luck! x Shann

  128. Hi, my 2 year old son finished an intensive course of chemotherapy 6 months ago.
    I’m just wondering if any of your customers have used your Kefir post chemo and if it has helped them feel better?

    1. Hi Hannah,

      Kefir will really help boost your son’s immune system, energy levels and general wellbeing! After chemo, his microbiome is probably feeling a little worse for ware and so our Kefir will re-populate and re-establish with the good bugs it may have lost during treatment. As he’s just a tot, we’d advise he have around 80ml a day (as opposed to the full adult dosage of 170ml) – blend with a really ripe banana, Stevia and berries to take the edge off the tang 😉 Prepare for the fact that he may need more than one course consecutively before you start to see big improvements – Kefir is a natural, probiotic drink, not a drug and so needs time to re-sow the gut with good flora, it will not cure all over-night.

      I hope this has helped! Good luck and big hugs from goats and humans at CG to your little boy 🙂

      Best,
      Elly.

    2. Hi Hannah – Kefir is perfect after chemo, as it will restore the good bugs that get wiped out of the microbiome by the treatment. Our Sensitive Kefir Lotion is also great for soothing blisters than can result from treatment. The kefir will help with fatigue, anxiety and depression – a great ally on this healing journey! x Shann

  129. Hi shann- just finished my second lot of kefir and it is really helping me in my recovery with chronic fatigue. I notice that the milk is now pasteurised – I am sure when I first bought it the whole idea was that you were using unpasteurised milk? Or is it that the original goats milk is pasteurized but the final kefir product is not? I understood that pasteurizing milk actually kills off any goodness in the milk, so am getting confused!

    By the way, my teenage daughter (who is a qualified beautician) swears by your breakout lotion – and that’s a real compliment from a professional trained in all the upmarket skin products!

    1. Hiya Joanna,

      We have switched to making our Kefir with pasteurised milk so that groups of individuals, often ones that need Kefir most, such as the elderly with compromised immune systems, infants and pregnant women, can drink it with no anxiety or concerns. Of course raw milk is safe, always has been, always will be but the government hasn’t quite caught up with latest science and so we’d rather make it an easy choice for all as opposed to having to choose between what we say and what government guidelines advise.

      Despite the change in raw to pasteurised, testing by Aberystwyth University shows that our Kefir is still the same – same bacterial strain, same benefits, same magic medicine! 👍 It’s the live grains that populate the milk with the good bacteria and so they’re the real stars of the show!

      I hope this has helped! 🙂

    2. Hi Joanna – Glad that the kefir has helped with your chronic fatigue, and so pleased that your daughter likes the BreakOut Kefir Lotion! ; ) We’re now making our kefir with pasteurised milk in order to bring our product in line with government recommendations, so that pregnant women, infants and elderly people can take it without concern. Raw milk has always been safe, but unfortunately the government hasn’t quite caught up with the science, and continues to warn these vulnerable groups away from raw milk products. We’ve had kefir made with both raw milk and pasteurised milk tested at the Institute of Biological and Enviromental Sciences at Aberystywyth University, and the pasteurised-base kefir is just as powerful. It’s the kefiran bacteria that signify, in the final product – the milk just provides a base for the kefir grains to do their magic thing. ; )

  130. Hi Shann
    I have seen references to “unlike a pasteurised product” a few times in replies to the above letters but also you have previously stated “we make our goats milk kefir in the UK by fermenting pasteurised goat’s milk”. Can you clarify please?

    1. Hi Doreen – We use pasteurised milk as a base for our kefir. We then add live kefir grains to the milk, which ferment the milk and populate it with the powerful live probiotic kefir strains. So the base is pasteurised, but the finished product is live. Hope that helps! Best, Shann

  131. Hi Shann, I’d love to get a 21 day course of kefir for my daughter, but she’s a student and only has access to a very small shared fridge. Do the bottles of kefir have to be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature until used? By the way, I’ve just spent the weekend reading your fabulous Chuckling Goat book – what a wonderful read, I was blown away!

    1. Hi Kathryn,

      As Kefir is a fermented product, it does not necessarily need to be refrigerated, however, keeping it cool will help slow down the fermentation process so a garden shed or garage would also be OK. We have had it tested at room temperature and it’s fine but she’ll need to release gasses (unscrew the top, squeeze the bottle gently and re-cap) often. Also, Kefir can be frozen for up to 3 months – this won’t harm the benefits. So pleased you enjoyed the book! 🙂 Goats and humans send their love!

  132. Hi. I have been daignosed with probable RA and a freind has recommended I do a 21 day treatment of chuckling goat, though I have seen in your comments that its not good for when your immune system is being over-active ( which with an auto-immune disease mine obviously is). Do you have any experience with chukcling goat and the treatment of RA?
    Many thanks,
    Nicole

  133. Hi Shann,
    I am a microscopic colitis sufferer. I am about to eliminate lactose from my diet, as well as gluten. It is thought it is an autoimmune problem. Have you had any comments re your kefir from other sufferers?
    Kind regards
    Erika

  134. Are you working on this as some sort of capsule? I love the goats milk product and enjoy the benefits and the taste but my daughters immature palette makes this difficult for her to stomach. She will happily take cod liver oil capsules and the like…. is there any way you could deliver the fantastic benefits of the goats milk in some other form? Yours hopefully Jowena

    1. Hi Jowena,

      No plans to transfer the goodness of Kefir into a capsule as of yet! To make the taste a little more bare-able try blitzing it into a smoothie with a really ripe banana, some frozen berries and Stevia (natural sugar derivative, found at most large supermarkets). Stevia is much sweeter than refined sugar (as well as being GOOD for you!) so you should only need a small amount to take the edge off the tang 😉 Hope this has helped!

  135. Hi. I’ve just tried to start my son on the course of kefir. However, he really dislikes the taste. I’ve tried blending it with strawberries and bananas and adding stevia to it. Can you please recommend any other fruits that are suitable? Alternatively, am I able to pour it over his fruit salad in the morning? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jules – There’s no problem with pouring it over his fruit salad, if that will help him eat it! You might also try blueberries or a summer fruit mix – they have frozen “smoothie” bags of berries in Tesco, you could experiment with those. Mix with the fruit first and then sweeten it to his taste. Good luck! ; )

  136. Hi I have noticed that the final producr is stored in plastic bottles. As the product has some level of acidity, would it be possible to have it in glass bottles instead? Many thanks. M

      1. Thank you Shann. I understand that you process the kefir in stainless steel containers because its acidity might be corrosive for the aluminium, so I am wondering if chemicals contained in the plastic might leak into the bottle content for the same reason, most of all if the kefir is so much active that it could even explode the glass…

  137. i am thinking of buying some of your products for my son who suffers with eczema, can you still eat quark and other dairy products or will that defeat the object?
    debbie

  138. I am on a gluten and lactose free diet due to digestive and bowel problems, I had bowel cancer 13 yrs ago at the age of 37 and had a third of my large bowel removed. I also suffer with psoriasis and don’t like using the steroid creams that the doctors prescribe. A friend told me about your products and wondered if I would be able to use your products?
    Regards
    Michele

    1. Hi Michelle – Yes, our products would be suitable for you. Kefir is lactose-free, as all the lactose is consumed during fermentation. The beneficial bacteria in kefir help to boost the immune system and aid digestion, and our BreakOut Kefir Cleanser and Lotion is a favorite among our clients with psoriasis. Good luck and keep us posted!
      Best.
      Shann

  139. Hypothetically if not consumed, how long would the kefir last on the shelf without going off? I need to make a point to my mum so she’ll let me get it to treat some gut pains and poor digestion!

    1. Hi Jamie – Unlike a pasteurised product, kefir is live and doesn’t ever go “off”. It just continues to ferment, working its way down the fermentation spectrum towards cheese and alcohol, getting stronger in taste and impact as it goes. We give it a 30-day shelf life purely because most people prefer it at the milder end of the taste spectrum. We get great comments from our clients about kefir’s effect on gut pains and poor digestion, as follows: “I am really looking forward to my next delivery of kefir. It has almost completely ‘cured’ my ibs.I had suffered for about 25 years and It was getting progressively worse, year on year and was restricting my life, and making holidays really stressful. I can honestly say that since my first course nearly a year ago, I have never felt better! I have only had 2 flare ups, one abroad and one here, but when I compare that to an almost constant state of affairs before. it’s amazing.” – Sam Hazell
      Good luck!
      Best,
      Shann

  140. Hello,

    I’m really pleased I’ve stumbled upon Kefir – I’ve just been watching an episode of Dragon’s Den where a former Russian figure skater was trying to sell it to the dragons! I have no idea whether she succeeded because I started googling and found your website. I’m just about to buy the 21 day supply of milk, and possibly some lotion, but couldn’t find any information about storing the milk. Is the ‘use by’ date long enough to keep all 7 pints in the fridge for 21 days and have a third of a pint per day, or will I need to freeze some? I’m hoping it will help me in a long-standing battle with eczema. I’ve had great success by making alterations to my diet in the past, but feel as though I could do with something powerful to see the new year in. Fingers crossed!

    Thanks, Becca

    1. Hi Becca – I saw that episode of Dragons Den as well! With all due respect to the lady, it looked like to me that her kefir may have had a lot of sugar and flavorings in it, and I’m betting it was made with cow’s milk, which is very allergic for humans. Kefir has a shelf life of 30 days at room temperature – it doesn’t go “off” like a pasteurised product, just keeps fermenting and getting stronger over time. We suggest 30 days because most people prefer it milder. But no, you won’t have to freeze it. It’s great for a Big Cleanse to see the new year in. Good luck! Best, Shann

    1. Hi Lee –
      Our kefir is shipped fresh, not frozen, and you can leave it in the fridge for 30 days. You could actually leave it longer than that if you like, as it doesn’t go “off” like a pasteurised product would. It just keeps fermenting and getting stronger over time. We suggest 30 days because most people prefer it on the milder end of the spectrum. Best, Shann

  141. I thought you would like to know that my 51 year old brother who is a a chronic asthmatic was introduced to your Kefir goats milk by my mother, he has benefited hugely from taking it (on his fourth course), he is less wheezy and has much more energy.
    I was rather sceptical that it could help such a chronic illness as he has a lot of scarring on his lungs, but I have to say I was amazed when I saw him at Christmas. He was so much more alert and not at all breathless.
    Thank You

    1. Hi Kim – Absolutely thrilled that the kefir has given your brother such great results with his asthma, and that he is more alert and less breathless! That’s just the kind of news we like to hear. Thanks for letting us know –
      Best,
      Shann + the goats

  142. Hi Shan can I drink kefir milk when I am taking blood pressure I have heard so much about kefir milk I would like to try it. Also how is it stored❓ thanks , I have used your soaps and creams on my face they are brilliant .

    1. Hi Margaret – Check with a doctor before taking kefir if you’re on warfarin or immune suppressants. You can store the kefir in the fridge for 30 days. Glad you’re loving our soaps and creams!
      Best,
      Shann

  143. I first bought your Kefir for my granddaughter who sadly refused to drink it so I did. I now make my own with live kefir grains unfortunately I cant get unpasteurised goat milk but the grains work happily and reproduce but I haven’t found anybody else who wants to try kefir so no home for the excess. Have to keep trying. I love your soaps and have introduced them to my daughter and sister.
    Wishing you all a very blessed and peaceful new year.
    Kind Regards
    Mary Morgan

    1. Hi Margaret – The only real conflict between kefir and prescribed medication is if you are taking immune suppressants. The kefir works by boosting the immune system, and obviously you don’t want to do that if you’re trying to suppress it. Antibiotics will kill off the beneficial probiotics in kefir, so it becomes a bit of a waste of money to take kefir before you have finished your course of antibiotics. If you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin) it is recommended that you check with your doctor.

  144. Might kefir be beneficial for chronic fatigue syndrome (following glandular fever and epstein barr syndrome) and severe insomnia (less, usually, than three hour’s sleep a night?). My budget is tiny, but I am desperate and very anxious for my health to improve so that I can get my life back.

    1. Cathryn having recovered from CFS myself I would highly recommend it! I have the water kefir version daily (which I make at home for the last 3 years or so) and also the goat milk version when I can get some (i.e. why I am on here). Do it! and check out Dr Mercola if you haven’t done already. Best wishes on your recovery 🙂

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Our artisan skincare products are suitable for people who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea or acne.

Another happy customer here! I have been taking your amazing kifir milk for a couple of yrs now. I suffer from many food allergies and a nasty autoimmune disease that can result in 6-month flare-ups of daily violent allergic reactions that sometimes see me hospitalised. Since I have been taking the milk I have managed to keep things under control and I feel more energised and generally well. The taste - it's not so great - but I see it as my medicine that keeps me functioning at my optimum. I hope you continue to go from strength to strength. Chuckling Goat is part of my life - I recommend it to everyone!

Jojo Crouch