Our gut flora is vital to our overall health. Commercial probiotic pills help reverse the utter lack of probiotics in the normal American diet, but they are expensive and only have 5 to 10 strains of good bacteria, so have limited effect. I started researching foods that contain natural probiotics, and found kefir. Commercial Kefir at the grocery store costs $3.19 ($12.76/gal!). I ordered 4 teaspoons off the Internet and started making my own. I watched You-tube videos and read Dom's website, among others, for how- to info. It's not hard. Get the grains. Put in milk. Set on counter. Next day, strain grains out of yesterday's jar and put them in fresh milk (you can reuse the same jar; they don't care). Drink Kefir, or let Kefir ferment another day on the counter to more fully develop the B vitamins. Drink Kefir. Repeat.
Downside (sort of): the grains multiply like Tribbles on Star Trek. My 4 teaspoons turned into multiple cups. I gave them away like crazy. Now I am trying to send them to good homes. I don't want to just throw them out.
Currently I am making about 2 quarts a day (the 3 quart jars in the photo have about 3/4 cup of grains in each). I use kefir in a homemade sourdough-like bread, in dip and smoothies (caramel is the BEST!). Hubby feels better from having kefir every day, and so do I. I have more energy and better overall health.
Your 2 tablespoons will come in milk to feed them during transit, sealed in a multi-wrapped padded envelope. You will need milk (any kind: whole, 2%, or Fat-Free, cow, goat, coconut, etc.), a plastic strainer and some glass jars, rings, and coffee filters. Supposedly people who are lactose intolerant (cannot digest milk) can drink kefir because the lactose changes to lactase which is digestible: though if I was lactose intolerant I would start slowly... If any questions please feel free to contact me. Please buy some; they are eating me out of house and home! p182