For the first couple of days you throw out the kefir mixture when bringing back the grains from a vacation (or where yours dried?). It does smell very strongly for those first couple of days, and anytime you forget it for a few days it will smell strongly again. Several people have used kefir successfully against the battle of candida, the natural yeasts contained in the grains seem to help it not make it worse. I am not sure how to explain this phenomenon, but it doesn't seem to be anything to fear. Some have experienced a bit of healing crisis from kefir similiar to that of taking probiotics, but that is to be expected as a cup of kefir can contain between 5 and 10 billion good flora bacteria. Namaste, Caitlin Lorraine
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