Kefir is the best. Kefir has a wider range of probiotics that yogurt. Here is more information:
For those who do not want dairy here are threads on water kefir:
And on making kefir:
James, I've bought many a package of sauerkraut - in jars, in cans, and in plastic bags. I've never once seen a container start to swell. Is this evidence that by the time it reaches me all the bacteria are dead. I know they were once there alive b/c it's always slightly acidic, w/o the help of vinegar, etc.
Correct, commercially packaged sauerkraut will have been sterilized after packaging. I am referring to homemade sauerkraut so the cultures are live.
what about store bought kefir ? They sell it in bottles at my local grocery store. Are the probiotics still alive in them. They also have alot of sugar which i am not supposed to be eating.
The store bought kefir is good. The cultures are still live. The trick is to let it sit in the fridge for a few weeks to allow most of the sugar to ferment before drinking the kefir.
How much of the strains of kefir actually survive stomach acid and successfully implant in the intestines?
Kefir for me seemed to be more effective as a enema. I didnt notice any difference when i took it orally. Then you have to raise the question of whether the plant strains actually implant/permanetly colonize. + Seems like human strains would be more bio-compatible than plant strains.