How To Make An Easy Probiotic Drink (And 14 ways to change your gut bacteria for the better!)
In this week’s post and video, I’m showing you how to make an easy probiotic drink. It’s way easier than making Kombucha or Kefir. No scary, alien looking SCOBY’s to deal with and no multiplying kefir grains! If making kombucha has intimidated you in the past, I hope you’ll give this easy probiotic drink recipe a try. It’s SO simple – anyone can do it!
This easy probiotic drink is also really tasty. It’s a little fruity and a little tangy and it’s even kid approved.
But the best part about this drink is that it’s loaded with probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that are SO crucial for good digestive health. I’m excited for you to try this recipe and experience it’s many benefits!
Click the Video player below to watch how to make this Easy Probiotic Drink (printable recipe below):
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Digestion is the Center of Health
As you can probably tell from the video, I’m incredibly passionate about digestive health and taking charge of gut bacteria 🙂 That’s because your digestion is the very center of your health!
If your digestion isn’t working properly, NOTHING else will work optimally! You’ll have trouble losing that stubborn belly fat, your hormones won’t be balanced, you won’t have enough energy, your skin won’t be bright and clear and the list just keeps going.
The latest science is even showing that things from autism to obesity, from allergies to autoimmune diseases, from Parkinson’s to depression , from asthma to eczema are directly connected to the amount of good or bad bacteria that’s in our gut.
And when you address the imbalances in your gut, your whole body heals. Just like Hippocrates said almost 3,000 years ago: “All disease begins in the gut.” When you heal your gut, you heal disease.
I continue to be amazed at the healing success stories from people who took charge of their digestive health and gut bacteria. Aren’t these stories cool?
“A six-year-old girl with severe behavioral problems including violence, disruptive behavior in school, and depression was treated for bacterial yeast overgrowth, and in less than 10 days, her behavioral issues and depression were resolved.”
“A three-year-old boy with autism started talking after treating…his gut.” (source)
My Digestive Health Success Story
By addressing my own digestive health and imbalances in my gut bacteria, I also experienced a variety of healing all throughout my body. Growing up and all throughout my twenties, I experienced daily headaches, roller coaster blood sugar, raging sugar cravings, hormonal migraines, horrible PMS and mood swings. I’d also be majorly bloated after every meal, my skin was dull and dry and my hair was thin, dry and damaged.
Throughout my childhood, I went from doctor to doctor and from specialist to specialist who all just put me on the latest medication and gave me no real answers as to why I wasn’t functionally optimally. Meanwhile, my health problems kept getting worse and growing in number.
It was only after focusing on my digestive health and gut bacteria that I finally started to heal and thrive.
Headaches? I haven’t had a migraine in years! I went from having a headache every single day to maybe one or two a year. This alone has been life changing!
My PMS? None! Every month I am still amazed.
My moods? My family says I am like a different person 🙂
Blood sugar? Stable! I can easily go 4-6 hours without eating.
Bloating? I can’t even remember the last time I was bloated.
Skin and hair? Vibrant, balanced and healthy! Woo!
My health and how I feel before and after is a night and day difference. And my story is far from uncommon. That’s why I’m so passionate about digestive health and teaching others how to change their gut bacteria for the better! I want others to experience vibrant health just like I have 🙂 Heal your gut, heal disease.
14 Ways To Change Your Gut Bacteria for the BETTER!
YOU have the power to change your gut bacteria for the better!
If you are new to all this health stuff, this list below is probably going to seem really overwhelming. I encourage you to just pick one thing that is doable for you. I truly believe that the changes you’ll experience in your health just from doing that one thing will motivate you to add another thing when you feel ready.
And remember: true, lasting change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey that involves moving one step forward at a time and giving yourself a lot of grace along the way. So right now, pick one thing from the list below and do it this week – I know you can do it!
1. Consume probiotic rich foods just like this easy probiotic drink in your diet regularly. Other probiotic rich foods are fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi or kefir. Or take a daily high quality, multi-strain probiotic. I like THIS one.
2. Seek out a holistic practitioner who can help you assess your gut function. Oftentimes, an underlying intestinal parasite or pathogen is at the root of many health issues. Have your practitioner run stool tests to find out the condition of your gut bacteria so they can effectively treat any imbalances and problems.
3. Avoid sugars, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. These feed the bad bacteria.
4. Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (prebiotics) and a large variety of fresh vegetables . Foods like sweet potato, yuca, dandelion greens and other leafy greens, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, leeks and onion all help feed the good bacteria.
5. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bacteria. Herbal antibiotics are a great option and very effective! They are also relatively sparing of good bacteria. I like and use THIS herbal antibiotic if necessary. If antibiotics can’t be avoided, make sure to take a high quality multi-strain probiotic afterwards. THIS is a soil based, multi-strain probiotic that I like.
6. Avoid Birth Control, NSAIDS, Steroids and Acid Blocking Drugs if possible. These all change your gut bacteria for the worse. There are effective natural options and methods available.
7. Avoid conventionally raised meat, dairy products and eggs. The majority of conventional meat, dairy and eggs contain antibiotics and hormones that are detrimental to gut bacteria. Instead, buy these items organic or at look for pasture raised products at your local farmer’s market.
8. Avoid Gluten Grains. The gluten in the United States is extremely inflammatory and acidic. Gluten is irritating to the gut and for most people causes an inflammatory response.
9. Use a water filter for tap water. Chlorine in tap water is known to kill microbes in soil and negatively impacts gut health.
10. Avoid artificial preservatives, coloring, sweeteners and ingredients. Not only do these things trigger cravings, but they negatively impact gut bacteria and lead to inflammation.
11. Choose more natural options in your cleaning, personal care and beauty products. The synthetic, toxic chemicals in these products negatively impact gut bacteria.
12. Take Apple Cider Vinegar (with “the mother”) before each meal. ACV stimulates your body’s digestive juices, aids in digestion and boosts your body’s good bacteria. THIS is my favorite ACV drink. It tastes so good and it’s perfect for people who don’t like the taste of ACV! Drink it before your meals.
13. Get enough sleep. Your digestive system needs plenty of restorative sleep to rest and repair. Aim for 7 to 8 hours every night.
14. Manage Stress. Chronic stress impairs your gut function and leads to all kinds of inflammation. Find something that you love and enjoy doing that helps you manage your stress. Kickboxing, a relaxing nightly bath, yoga, reading, trying something new….whatever it is, make time for it. Your health really does depend on it!
Easy Probiotic Drink Recipe:
- In a 1-quart jar, add your sliced fruit. Mash it with a spoon. Add in your honey and the insides of the probiotic capsules. Stir. Don't worry if the honey isn't dissolved.
- Fill the rest of the jar up with filtered or distilled water, leaving 1 inch of headroom.
- Put the lid on and leave your jar on the counter for 2-3 days.
- Once or twice a day shake the jar briefly. If the lid starts to bulge and gets hard, open the jar briefly to let the air escape.
- After 2 days, pour some of the liquid into a cup and taste it. If it's to your liking, strain out the fruit. It should be fruity and a little bit tangy. If it needs a little more time to ferment, keep it on the counter for an additional day or two. After you've strained out the fruit, keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Link for my How-To Video: http://youtu.be/6IBEkrRtEoA
I’d love to hear your thoughts and health stories (any digestive health success stories out there?!). Are you going to make this probiotic drink? Or did you pick something from the list to help your gut bacteria? Let me know – I really enjoy hearing from you! 🙂
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