Post Edited (ubereem) : 3/27/2012 5:32:03 PM (GMT-6)
Eva Lou, thanks again:) :) :)
yes, after a couple of batches, i finally got it going.
i took your advice and I let it ferment for 2 days.
mixed with fruit it still is a tiny bit sour, its an aquired taste, but i like it well enough. the store bought stuff definitely tastes better, but i'd rather have the health benefits of homemade.
i know you said you dont like rectal meds, but I attribute rowasa (mesalamine enemas) as one of the #1 things that has helped me out of my previous flares, so when i read about kefir grain enemas i could not resist.
ubereem: do you do any rectal meds now?
ubereem: i did the kefir grain enema 1x. i did not have enough excess grains to do more, and i would rather use the grains that i have to make homemade kefir on a daily basis and get a continual supply of all those healthy probiotics ( which i have read may number in the trillions)
I can not say it did anything to help because for the week prior i have really been doing much better (no blood in stool, still mild urgency though), so whether or not it did anything is anybodies guess. i just happened to have a small amount of excess grains. i have also read that you can put the excess grains in a blender with your kefir for that extra shot of probiotics. I dont think it harmed me by doing it, i felt no worse.
I definitely think its worth trying. If you really wanted to do this for the 10 day-2 week period you could buy enough grains, there are a bunch of places online you could purchase grains. culture for health or something like that seems reputable.
looking at the recipe for hm kefir grain enema on doms site, i only used chammomile tea and the kefir grains, i did not use the slippery elm because i have tried slippery elm before, and the next day, whether it was a coincidence or not, i had more bleeding. so i figured i would try slippery elm later on at some point to see if i could tolerate it.
the two main things that i have done that i think have pushed me closer to remission (besides my 4 a day lialda and nightly rowasa) is to give up all caffeine and for a week i added a second rectal (hydrocort enema) a half an hour before i got up for the day.
are you allergic to 5asa?
Have you ever tried hydrocort enemas?
what are your current symptoms and where is your inflammation?
A couple weeks ago, I did a kefir grain retention enemas, 7 nights in a row. I cleaned out an old hydrocort enema bottle, filled it with water, then dumped the water in a pot to boil, then i seeped it w a chammomile tea bag for a couple minutes, then let it cool a few minutes and put it in a small blender w a tablespoon of kefir grains, blended, and then poured back in the retention bottle, squeezing in some vit e oil.
it did not help at all, and helped less than rowasa. ymmv.
i still make and drink a homemeade kefir smoothie every morning, though. Kefir, frozen blueberries and some spinach and blend. It is a good healthy breakfast for me and i feel i am getting my probiotics, vitamins, protein i guess to boot. drinking the homemade kefir has not improved my uc though. to be fair, no probiotic i have tried has helped me, i dont get any changes whatsoever, i mean i dont get increased gas nothing, nothing at all...(ived tried vsl3ds for 9 mos, benebiotics, and like 3 more probiotics, nothing,nada, zip). I have also tried tons of other alternative stuff as well as diet mod. still flared.
i am lactose intolerant and have no issues drinking homemade kefir, as the fermenting process removes the lactose. you can even let your kefir sit out after fermenting an extra day to remove more lactose but i found i didnt need to.
google search doms kefir making website, that is the most comprehensive site out there
Meanwhile: 2 weeks ago i started a short course of pred and imuran, and almost to no blood. i should be done the pred in about 2-3 weeks and i am hoping the imuran kicks in.
Post Edited (Old Mike) : 6/19/2012 3:59:50 AM (GMT-6)