Probiotic food like kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut is itself a food or a food supplement, so there is no prescribed or optimal time to consume. But we can choose ourselves the best time to consume to receive the maximum benefits.
Factors to consider choosing the best time to consume Kefir, Kombucha or any other probiotic food –
- Is it right to have first thing in the morning and on an empty stomach? Early mornings, after long hour of fasting throughout the night, there will be no food or nourishment for the friendly bacteria to feed. Friendly bacteria feeds on high fiber plant based food, so those bacteria’s has to wait for the food until you eat. Then, you may have to add vegetable salads to your morning breakfast menu; usually we eat veggies in the afternoon, so please consider this.
- It is also best to have kefir along with the meal, may be after the meals also. The powerful stomach acids will be busy breaking the food consumed, so the friendly bacteria strains will have easy passage and settle in the gut and break down the complex fibre foods.
In short, the consumption of high fibre vegetables mixed meal ( include some raw onion salad, asphagurus, unripened bananas, etc.) and consuming your probiotic drinks offers the optimal environment and situation to get the most out of your probiotic supplement.
How much Quantity of Kefir and Kombucha Tea to Drink?
- Kefir Milk & Kefir Water – For adults it is recommended to start 1/2 Cup (100 ml) per day of kefir for first week, this will help to get used to the live good bacteria and yeast diet. Few people whose gut system is dominated by bad bacteria’s and yeast report some side effects like bloating, constipation or cramps, so it is advised to go slow. We have given some remedies for the temporary side effects.
Later, you can increase to 1 cup (200-300 ml) daily if you feel comfortable.For children start with 2-4 tablespoon for a week and increase to 100 ml per day once they are comfortable. Milk kefir and coconut water kefir is best suitable for kids.
- Kombucha Tea – Kombucha tea a probiotic tea and detoxifier, is recommended for adults only. One can start with 50 ml per day for the first week and can increase to 100 ml to 200 ml after first week.
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