orka1998 wrote: So none of the good bacteria in kefir stays? Are you sure? You read that somewhere? Can you offer the link?
To clarify, I am not attacking your statement but am disappointed by what it states. I am taking probiotic capsule and drinking kefir daily, but if none of those bacteria stays, what’s the point? I will get rid of candida and be forced to take probiotics for the rest of my life?
You don’t need to be disappointed. Even if they could colonise, they wouldn’t be able to fulfil the roles of the dozens of other species in a healthy gut. I know you’re not a rabbit, but this little article explains their benefits quite well.
Lactobacillus is not intended to take over the gut, it isn’t a medicine as such, it simply acts as a support to keep conditions unfavourable for BAD coliforms, and favourable for the normal Bacteroides to get going again.
There’s also the potential of gene transfer between species. I don’t know what this equates to in concrete terms, but it’s an interesting aspect of taking probiotics. For example, the LAB in kefir can transfer lactose digesting genes to your indigenous bacteria, leading to lactose tolerance in previously lactose intolerant people. Who knows what genes anti-candida strains like L. acidophilus DDS-1 are passing along?
Replacing missing bacteria is important, if indeed it’s missing, but even this is meaningless without creating a favourable environment in the bowels, which probiotics play a vital role in. Don’t throw out your kefir grains just yet!