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Why natural kefir is more powerful than man-made probiotics – diversity is king!

Every single day, your gut is being assaulted by the the four “Arch-Enemies” of good gut health: sugar, stress, chemicals and antibiotics. 

Even if you’re not taking antibiotics by mouth, the sad truth these days is that there are antibiotics in the food chain1 and in the groundwater.2 We are all being bombarded by constant low doses of antibiotics that kill off our fragile gut bugs, just as pouring bleach into the river kills the fish. And we’re all affected on a daily basis by sugar, stress and chemicals. It’s just a part of modern life.

The problem is that in order to keep you healthy, your gut microbiome requires diversity. Your diversity rating is the main way that the Microbiome Test scores the overall health of your microbiome. Lower diversity is considered a marker of dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) in the gut and has been found in autoimmune diseases and obesity and cardiometabolic conditions, as well as in elderly people.3

The health of any ecosystem is judged by how many different organisms are thriving there. This is true inside your gut, just as it is in nature. A huge variety of distinct organisms makes a natural system resilient, able to fight off pathogens, disease and invasion in a number of different ways. 

A depleted ecosystem is vulnerable, and open to attack. 

Over time, this results in an impoverished microbiome that lacks the resilient diversity required to protect you from disease. 

The answer? Fight back. To put multiple strains of bacteria back into your gut, you need a probiotic that has as many strains as possible. Logically enough, the more diverse your probiotic, the more it will aid your diversity. 

Man-made probiotics often contain only a few strains of live culture. But Chuckling Goat’s wild kefir, which is made with real living kefir grains, have been recently tested by Atlas and determined to contain 36 different strains of beneficial bacteria. To our knowledge, this makes our kefir the most diverse live culture product available on the market today.  The strains are as follows: 

  • Absiella dolichum
  • Acinetobacter johnsonii
  • Acinetobacter junii
  • Acinetobacter septicus
  • Alistipes timonensis
  • Anaerostipes coli
  • Anaerostipes hadrus
  • Bacteroides caccae
  • Bacteroides fragilis
  • Bacteroides uniformis
  • Bacteroides vulgatus
  • Blautia
  • Butyricimonas virosa
  • Christensenella minuta
  • Clostridium glycyrrhizinilyticum
  • Clostridium lituseburense
  • Coprococcus eutactus
  • Dorea formicigenerans
  • Faecalibacterium
  • Lactobacillus amylovorus
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Lactobacillus helveticus
  • Lactobacillus parabuchneri
  • Lactobacillus senioris
  • Lactobacillus ultunensis
  • Leuconostoc gelidum
  • Oscillibacter valericigenes
  • Papillibacter cinnamivorans
  • Prevotella copri
  • Providencia alcalifaciens
  • Providencia rustigianii
  • Roseburia faecis
  • Ruminococcus bromii
  • Shigella
  • Soleaferrea massiliensis
  • Succinivibrio dextrinosolvens

Because these bacteria are living and thriving in their own environment, they continue to grow over time. The number of active bacteria in Chuckling Goat kefir are constantly increasing. This is in contrast to powdered or man-made probiotics, which are dying off over time, becoming increasingly weak over their shelf life. 

Combine this explosive natural power with our Complete Prebiotic. A prebiotic is a food for a probiotic. Once again, our prebiotic is the most diverse on the market, containing 18 natural sources of all the fibres that all those bacteria require to keep them healthy and thriving:

  • Arabinan
  • Arabinogalactan
  • Arabinoxylan
  • Beta-Glucan
  • Dextrin
  • FOS
  • Galactan
  • GOS
  • Guar Gum
  • IMO
  • Inulin
  • Galactosyl-D-fructose
  • MOS
  • Pectin
  • Polydextrose
  • XOS
  • Xylan
  • Xyloglucan

Your gut system is complex – and that’s the way it should be. You need the maximum  possible number of live bacterial strains, and prebiotic fibres to feed them. 

But your gut care solution can be simple. Fight back against the constant assault of modern life on your gut, with Chuckling Goat Kefir + Complete Prebiotic


  1. Research Gate - "Antibiotics in the food chain: Their impact on the consumer". Written by Willis, Caroline. Reviews in Medical Microbiology on July 11, 2000
    link to article
  2. NCBI - "Antibiotics in the environment". Written by D. G. Joakim Larsson Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Biomedicine, The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg on May 19, 2014
    link to article
  3. The BMJ - "Role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and health". Written by Ana M Valdes, associate professor, Jens Walter, CAIP chair for nutrition, microbes, and gastrointestinal health, Eran Segal, professor, Tim D Spector, professor on June 13, 2018
    link to article

14 thoughts on “Why natural kefir is more powerful than man-made probiotics – diversity is king!

  1. i am not sure why, but drinking it wakes me up, eases any headache, calms the stomach, improves the stomach acid and just tastes great! and brings in hundreds of small animals to live in symbiosis with us..pretty cool..

    1. It is cool, isn’t it! Experiencing all the subtle health benefits of kefir is an amazing way to begin the day! So glad you’re enjoying – ; )

  2. Hi Lowri
    I suffer from dry mouth syndrome..sjogrens..and I wonder if taking kefir or anything else you recommend might aid my problem?

    Best wishes

    1. Hi Kathy,

      The kefir can help you! Sjogrens Syndrome is an autoimmune condition – our kefir specialises in any gut, digestive, bowel and/or auto-immune conditions. Being a probiotic drink, it will re-populate the microbiome with the healthy balance of good bacteria it needs to function properly, so symptoms connected to your gut health/autoimmune condition will alleviate. It will also help to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. 🙂

      We recommend a minimum of 3 courses of kefir back-to-back before looking for results.

      Best wishes,

      1. Thankyou Emma for your prompt reply and hopeful news on my ailment….I will certainly look into this.
        Your blog and website are so very interesting and I must pass this on to friends and family.

        Kind regards Kathy

        1. Hi Kathy,

          Thank you so much for your kind words – I’ll be sure to pass them on to Shann and our Web Developer! Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if there’s anything else we can help you with. 🙂

          Best wishes,

  3. I have Crohn’s disease. Would it be wise for me to try kefir? my Crohn’s manifests as vomiting because the stricture is in the upper part of the gut. I am currently being treated with intravenous infusions. This is very successful.
    As a child I was treated with copious amounts of penicillin to try and combat ear infections and have always wondered if this had a detrimental effect on my gut. At the time, (1940’s). I don’t think that much was known about the potential harm of antibiotics. They were the “wonder drug.”

    1. Hi Jean,

      Unfortunately, antibiotics will not only wipe out the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria!

      Kefir specialises in gut, digestive and bowel issues so will be great for alleviating symptoms surrounding Crohns. As a natural, probiotic drink, the kefir will re-populate the gut with the healthy balance of good bacteria it needs to function properly, so symptoms stemming from the gut will follow suit and alleviate 🙂

      As Crohns is a relatively severe issue, we recommend preparing for the long haul with the kefir – one course simply won’t hack it! We’d recommend at least five courses back to back before seeing the optimum results.

      Best wishes,

      1. Hi Lowri,

        I was diagnosed about 3 months ago with Chron’s. I experienced horrible bloating and Diarrhea. I’m on my second course of kefir and it’s really helped. Give it a try, you defo won’t feel worse !

        Best of Luck,


        1. Hi Nissa,

          That’s so great to hear – thank you for getting in touch!

          Keep us posted, and please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if there’s anything we can help you with 🙂

          Best wishes,

  4. just had some of your prebiotic powder….quite strong tasting and difficult to dissolve,but will persevere…sure it will be good.
    would be handy if you included a measure scoop

    1. Hi Marilyn,

      We’ve found here on the farm that mixing with a fork instead of a spoon, gets rid of the lumps, making the prebiotic more palatable. We’d also advise adding the powder to water, as apposed to water to powder.

      A measuring scoop is currently an idea in the pipeline, so keep an eye out 😉

      Best wishes,

  5. Dear Shann,

    Thank you so much. I have been taking your kefir for almost 2 weeks and have noticed the benefit to my digestive tract. Today I have also noticed a big improvement to my creaking knees. No pain.

    Could this be an unexpected benefit too?


    1. Hi Katie,

      It’s great that you’re seeing improvements so quickly! Our kefir will also help to reduce inflammation, alleviating aches and pains 😉

      Best wishes,

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