I just wanted to share that we have started making our own milk kefir. It's a fermented probiotic slightly thickened drink. It is easy and cheap to make, it contains between 20 and 50 (depending which website you consult!) good gut bacteria and yeasts, and promotes a healthy gut microbiome. We want to be as healthy as possible of course, but with all the talk about the gut-brain connection, we kind of hoped it may help with PD as well.
Anyway, Don's been taking it for about three months, initially two 60ml doses per day, and now three 60ml doses per day. He feels it is helping him with less rigidity, less nausea, and more sleep. Just thought I'd share this in case anyone else wanted to try it.
Homemade milk kefir
You need some clean glass jars, a small sieve, some kefir grains (order online, you only need to buy them once), and milk (I use ordinary supermarket brand full fat UHT dairy milk).
Place kefir grains in clean glass jar. Pour in enough milk to leave a gap of about 2cm beneath the lid. (This gap allows the release of fermentation gases.) Stir gently with a clean spoon, put on the lid, then leave at room temperature, out of direct sunlight (I keep mine in a cupboard.)
Leave for 24 hours, then pour through a small sieve (to save your grains for the next batch) into a clean jug or other sort of container. This is your kefir - store in the fridge. We prefer the taste of kefir when it is refrigerated.
Place the grains back into the jar, and pour on milk to make the next batch exactly as you did the first time. (I wash the jar weekly, no need to do it everyday.)