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If your gut flora is completely wiped out then you would be completely constipated. Do you suffer from any constipation or alternating diarrhea?

Your not the first person to have no results from kefir. Kefir are plant strains and really are not human compatible. There is no research or proof of the strains in kefir actually colonizing. The strains in kefir really don’t match up to whats in the human gut.This is an example of whats in our colon.

Bacteria commonly found in the human colon
Bacterium Incidence (%)
Bacteroides fragilis 100
Bacteroides melaninogenicus 100
Bacteroides oralis 100
Enterococcus faecalis 100
Escherichia coli 100
Klebsiella sp. 40-80
Enterobacter sp. 40-80
Bifidobacterium bifidum 30-70
Staphylococcus aureus 30-50
Lactobacillus 20-60
Clostridium perfringens 25-35
Proteus mirabilis 5-55
Peptostreptococcus sp. ?common
Peptococcus sp. ?common
Clostridium tetani 1-35
Clostridium septicum 5-25
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 3-11
Salmonella enteritidis 3-7

Compare those Strains found in kefir:

The main issue I see with kefir is the % of yeast strains to bacteria strains. The human gut is mostly bacteria, so kefir does not match up with the human gut very well as far as the bacteria to yeast ratio.

The main reasons why some may get benefits from milk kefir is the bacteria can thrive off the fatty acids from the milk and to some degree generate beneficial acids from it.

Probably not a good idea for people that have yeast sensitivities to be doing water(sugar) kefir, coconut(fructose) kefir , or kombuchu. The sugars in those beverages set up a good environment for the yeast strains. My red flag goes up when these beverages have a mild alcoholic taste.