I love it, used to get indigestion a lot and now I don’t. Not sure about the other health benefits but I rarely get ill since I started drinking it but that could be just coincidence
I used it as part of my regular breakfast for a few years alongside greek yogurt. Now I’m just using greek yogurt and whole milk in my overnight oats. I didn’t notice much difference in anything, TBH.
There’s at least some evidence that probiotics do nothing to change gut bacteria in people who are already healthy. The studies that tested it seem to show that the ‘new’ bacteria introduced by probiotics just pass through you and make no difference to your overall GI health.
That said, if you don’t have a healthy GI system it could be that probiotics can help normalize and re-populate your gut with “good” bacteria. Anecdotally, I’ve had good luck using kefir it when I’m getting over a bad GI infection that has left things generally “off”. It seems to reset my system. My pet theory is that a bad GI infection leaves my gut bacteria a mess and this helps repopulate things. Again, totally anecdotal though!
I’ve used it for many years as a smoothie base. I’m not sure what it does or doesn’t do, but it is easy to pour and is a tastier base than milk or water. My morning smoothies are usually kefir (whatever flavor is on sale), ice, spinach, carrots, pineapple, and an occasional scoop of whey concentrate. I buy the kefir at Aldi, Kroger, or Meijer and haven’t looked for anything more expensive/exotic.
Don’t have any experience in Kefir but I always have a special sort of yoghurt/cottage cheese-blend that’s available in Sweden. Really awesome stuff loaded with protein but is low in carbs and fat so it’s easy to blend in some home made granola or rolled oats and some raisins or dates if one cares to up the carbs.
Per 100g: Energy: 300 kJ, Energy(kcal): 70 kcal, Fat: 0,8 g, Sat. fat: 0,4 g, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Sugars: 2,8 g, Protein: 8 g, Salt: 0,1 g, Vitamin D: 0,75 µg