Find The Best Probiotic Drink For IBS – Really – It’s Called Kefir

In this post learn how to find the best probiotic drink for IBS… Really!


The WHO has defined probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” These include bacteria as well as yeasts.

Some ways Probiotics work include:

  • lining the gastrointestinal tract and stopping harmful organisms from reaching it (competitive exclusion),
  • strengthening the tissue of the bowel wall,
  • acting like antibiotics by destroying other bacteria, and
  • regulating the responses of the immune system, both at the level of the bowel wall and the body as a whole.

How Do Probiotics Work With IBS?

A Lot of recent research has covered how probiotics might be used to treat and manage IBS. IBS symptoms have been linked to certain changes in the gut flora. For example, people with IBS have higher levels of harmful:-

1. Streptococcus,

2. E. coli and

3. Clostridium

It was also discovered that up to 84% of IBS patients have bacterial overgrowth in their small intestines, which can lead to many of their symptoms. It is not certain whether this change is the cause or the result of IBS. Also, certain medications used to treat symptoms of IBS treat all bacteria the same and can damage the healthy bacteria living in the gut.

Changes in the gut flora could possibly influence IBS symptoms by

a. increasing inflammation,

b.increasing sensitivity to gas in the intestine,

c.reducing immune function and

d.changing digestive motility.

Reducing gas production

Probiotics have been suggested to improve symptoms by:

i. Inhibiting the growth of disease-causing bacteria

ii. Enhancing the immune system’s barrier functions

iii. Helping fight inflammation

iv. Slowing down bowel movements

v. Reducing gas production by balancing the gut flora

vi. Reducing the gut’s sensitivity to gas buildup

However, not all probiotics are the same. The term “probiotic” covers many different strains and types of bacteria and yeasts. Their effects vary depending on the type and not all benefit your health. So, what is the answer, which probiotic to use?

IBS Is Caused By Your Gut Bugs!

That’s right inside your gut is something that you would not believe. It is like a magical little universe of gut bacteria. Like a Nature reserve, with trees, deer, birds, fish, Jaguar, all living, breeding and competing for space in your gut.

In a nature reserve, the balances must be kept and if upset and the big catch takeover, they will decimate the antelope. Without antelope, they will not have food and eventually, they too will die off. So too, your gut must be kept in balance. Too much of the wrong kind of bacteria will cause problems which could lead to IBS.

What Can Go Wrong Inside Your Gut?

More than 90 per cent of all your serotonin is produced inside your gut, by cells called enterochromaffin, or EC cells. These cells only make up 2 per cent of all the cells in your gut. In our nature reserve, these cells are like the big 5 – the very special stars of the show.

But here’s the thing – like any natural ecosystem, the one inside your gut is fragile, and can be damaged. What damages it? Well, it is things I have heard called “the 4 Horsemen of the Gut Apocalypse” – antibiotics, sugar, stress and environmental toxins.

Any of these things can destroy your microbiome, wiping out the delicate balance of organisms that live inside your nature reserve, killing off the precious cells that produce your serotonin.

No serotonin, the forest goes silent. Inside your brain, this will feel like anxiety and depression. And inside your gut – where serotonin controls the smooth and painless processing of food through your system – this will feel like IBS.

What’s the solution?

Traditional Goatskin Bags

Luckily, there is now a solution, for both your IBS and the anxiety/depression that may go along with it. It’s a traditional, natural probiotic called Kefir. Kefir has been around for 1000s of years and it has always been believed that Kefir has great healing properties. This belief is now starting to be proved by science.

A BBC 2 TV show “Trust Me I’m a Doctor” unveiled some scientific research done to determine whether probiotics can alter your gut bacteria and improve your health.

The overwhelming conclusion was that this little-known probiotic drink, named Kefir, showed significant results for gut health and other benefits.

So now everyone is talking about kefir! But what is it, and what makes it so special? For a comprehensive report on Kefir, download report here.

And The Answer Is Home Grown Kefir

That’s right. Researchers have shown that the natural probiotic properties of Kiefer will benefit people that are suffering from IBS and other health issues. The problem is that there are now a myriad of businesses selling commercially prepared “Kefir Products”.

One would think that because of all the commercial products being put on the market it will make it easier for the public. Unfortunately, this is not true. Producing goods commercially means that it must have a reasonable shelf life and the packaging must not be that expensive. There lies the problem for you and I when we go and buy commercially produced cheaper products.

There are a couple of reasons why this is not good for the public. To make the Kiefer products, The raw materials must be fermented. This means that the end product will continue to manufacture gas so the end product would need stronger packaging to stop it exploding in the supermarket fridges. This would also mean that they would have to have a shorter shelf life to avoid the buildup of gas.

The second problem is that the end product is pasteurised so that the last longer. Pasteurising destroys bacteria. Thus preventing decay of the product. With Kefir the active ingredient that makes all the difference to your health is the bacteria together with the yeast. The commercially produced product really does the buyer no good at all. You might just as well have gone and bought a normal soda.

So how do you get unpasteurised probiotics made from Kefir.

Grow your own Probiotics

Dried Water Kefir

The secret is to grow your own or to acquire it from somebody who does make their own Kefir. The problem is that in some countries it is illegal to sell unpasteurised dairy products. This can make it difficult to get a steady supply of milk kefir. The best way to ensure that you have a steady supply of quality more kefir would be to produce your own. This would also apply to water Kefir.

Making your own kefir is not a major issue and we should not make it more complicated than it needs to be. I mean, in the old days they used to make kefir opportunity for drains into a goatskin and adding milk. The goatskin would be left in a doorway or carried on the shepherds back and all that would happen was that when they used any other kefir they would replace what they used with fresh milk.

The secret is acquiring your own kefir grains.

Where to get Kefir Grains

a quick search on Google will give you a huge list of suppliers of keeping things at various prices. At the Kefiry we continuously produce both water kefir and milk kefir. This means that we have a supplier of milk kefir grains and water kefir grains on hand. We do keep a limited amount of frozen and dried kefir grains for distribution by post or courier.

order here

No Reason To Live With IBS

It is believed that kefir is a feelgood product. In this modern day and age, we are only now starting to learn what their ancestors have known for generations. Kefir is an ancient probiotic remedy that was used to cure many ailments. Now sciences proving that there is no reason to live with conditions such as IBS.

The list of ailments with which kefir can assist is quite long, but you can read a scientific report showing what has been proven here.

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10 thoughts on “Find The Best Probiotic Drink For IBS – Really – It’s Called Kefir”

  1. I’ve suffered from IBS over the last several years due to the painkillers I now have to use for a old back injury – it’s no laughing matter and it just about ruins every morning! 

    I am interested in this kefir option but I also have a bad time with certain variations of dairy – would this fall into that category?

    • Hi Chris, Yes, IBS is no fun and can really become a debilitating disease. There are two types of Kefir. The water Kefir has no dairy and makes a really refreshing drink, which can be flavoured and bubbly. Milk Kefir is, as the name implies, milk-based but the Kefir consumes the Lactose in the milk. By the end of the process, the Kefir product is lactose-free.

      You can also make it with goats milk, coconut milk or soya milk. 

      Hope this helps


  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can adversely affect the quality of one’s life due to the embarrassing nature of the disorder. It is quite unfortunate that the direct causes of this condition have not been fully recognized. In addition to using probiotics to treat manage the disorder, changes in lifestyle, diet and stress reduction can help in managing this condition.Some risk factors identified are: Being young, being a female and having a family history of IBS.I’ll like to ask if there is any definitive test for diagnosing IBF.

    • Hi and thanks for visiting my site.  

      No, there is no Definitive test for IBS and the doctor would usually start with a complete medical history, blood tests and possibly a stool test. If you have diarrhoea with your IBS your doctor would probably check for Celiac Disease ( Gluten intolerance).

      Hope this helps


  3. Thank you for this article on kefir. It is very informative, It is good to know that there is something to aid with IBS. It is great that it is a natural product so I know there probably won’t be any side effects with it. Most natural products prove to be good solutions to problems. Thank you for this information. 

    • Hi Sandra, Thanks for your comments. Kefir is a truly wonderful natural product that helps with many different health issues.



  4. Great post and good info.

    In the world I’m working now, which is the fitness and bodybuilding, probiotics are commonly found, since they help to support the immune system, and thus for athletes, grow faster and have a bigger advantage.

    It isn’t cheap, but you won’t find any better solution. 

    About the IBS, I didn’t knew about it but I’m not surprised it helps against it. 

    In the overall, I would recommend taking probiotics. 

    Thanks for sharing! 

    • Hi Emmanual, 

      Yes, Probiotics definitely play a roll in our health. There is however evidence that most commercial probiotics do little for a person.

      Kefir has been proven to be a natural probiotic that costs pennies to make at home for a far better product result, i.e. better health.

      All the best


  5. Very nice post. 🙂

    I just wanted to ask, what do you think then about prEbiotics?

    For example, inulin.

    I read a lot about gut bacteria, SIBO etc and there are more and more articles about prebiotics and that they are better in helping resolve those kind of problems then probiotics, as everyone was thinking before.

    Even now, a lot of doctors support probiotics but there are more and more those that telling us totally different story, and that probiotics are not good.

    Anyways, I personally think that kefir is good. 

    • Hi Aleksandra,

      Probiotics and  prebiotics are both really prominent topics in the nutrition arena these days.

      Even though they sound similar, they play entirely different roles in your health.

      Probiotics: These are live bacteria found in certain foods or supplements that then live in your gut. They can provide many health benefits.Prebiotics: These come from certain types of carbs (predominantly fiber) that humans can’t digest. The bacteria in your gut eat this.

      Without probiotics what would the prebiotics feed? 

      Hope this helps.

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