Dosages: Recommended Minimum Daily Intake of Kefir
Small size dogs or cats – 1 tsp. – 1 tbsp.
Medium size dogs – 1 – 2 tbsp.
Large dogs – 2 – 3 tbsp.
How To Care For and Feed Your Kefir
Every 48 hrs** you should strain your Kefir collecting the wonderful Kefir Water for your fur-babies. Then to start the process again you need to create a sugar water; you can do this with Brown Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, or Molasses and Non- Chlorinated water (you can leave water out open for 24 hours or boil it and let cool to remove the Chlorine). You will need 1 Tablespoon of your sugar choice to 1 cup water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Then add your Kefir you strained out, I also add a small scoop of the Kefir Water in. Its best not to seal your container but to cover with a breathable material (paper towel, towel) and store in a dark area (like a cabinet) for 48 hrs. Then repeat. The Kefir Water is at its best 24-48 hrs. after harvesting it and storing it in the fridge. But should be consumed within 2 weeks for best results.** If you need to slow the process down you can store your Kefir Water in the fridge to feed, the process will take 5-7 days instead of 48 hrs. this way. You can continue to reuse the container your Kefir came in or a glass container; do not use a metal container.
How long do active Kefir Grains last?
Indefinitely with good care – they are a living, consuming organism that are in a constant state of reproduction. Some may get weaker over time for one reason or another (neglected, frozen, etc), but they will nonetheless do all they can to keep marching on!
Why is water kefir sometimes ok for diabetics to consume?
The bacteria and yeast produce enzymes that break down the sucrose (the double sugar that sugar is composed of) into fructose and glucose. Fructose is digested by the liver and does not spike the blood sugar of diabetics like sucrose or glucose. Because of the fructose, it makes this drink a lower GL. Also the added acetic acids and carbonation from the fermentation lower the GL as well. We’ve noticed and had people share that the best way for diabetics to consume water kefir is to do a secondary ferment with pure fruit juice (high in fructose) and a portion of the finished water kefir which results in a low-sugar (and low GL) beverage. You can read about secondary ferments here. It is not safe for all diabetics, and is ultimately up to you to determine how your blood sugar levels respond after consuming water kefir. ‘Ripening’ kefir can even further reduce the sugar content (but raise the alcohol and acids) if desired.