Making your own probiotic drink supplies is a fun and frugal way to save money.
I know many people like you want to make your own, but are not sure how to go about it. Well, I am about to give you a few examples and they are not as hard as you might think.
I’m going to show you how to make two types of probiotic drinks one dairy and the other non dairy.
Lets start off with the a probiotic dairy drink:
This is a simple probiotic milk drink that contains Yakult. However, making it this way can provide you up to 1 weeks supply:
What you need;
- thermos flask
- one litre of milk
- one yakult bottle – or probiotic dairy drink of your choice
- white sugar (not compulsory)
Make sure that you sterilize everything, especially the flask and funnel.
Place the milk in a pan and heat it until you see the steam rising – this will kill off any bacterial organisms in the milk.
Take your funnel and carefully pour the heated milk into your thermos flask and leave the milk to cool down.
Let the milk cool until it is warm. If it is too hot the heat will kill the beneficial bacteria contained within the yakult. If the temperature is too cold the fermentation process will not take place.
Pour the bottle of yakult into the warm milk. When this happens the live probiotic cultures contained within the Yakult will begin to ferment the whole milk.
The actual probiotic strain used in Yakult is Lactobacillus casei Shirota, which is named after the Dr Shirota, the man who cultivated this particular strain.
Finally, pour the fermented milk mixture into a glass container, seal the top and place in the fridge.
If you like your homemade probiotic drink a little sweeter you can add sugar if you want.
And there you have it – your very own homemade probiotic drink. Although, yakult is used in this recipe you can use any other brand of probiotic drink.
If you have a lactose intolerance, then a non-diary probiotic drink may be a better option for you. In the example above you may want to consider replacing dairy milk with soy milk.
How To Make Kefir Based Coconut Water
There are many varieties you can make and one of my absolute favorites is kefir based coconut water.
Kefir grains are commonly added and fermented with cow or goats milk, however you can add the kefir grains to coconut water for a tasty healthy non dairy probiotic juice.
This is very easy to make and the ingredients you need are as follows;
- fresh coconut water
- kefir grains
- glass jar with lid
All you have to do is pour the coconut water into the glass jar and then add the kefir grains. Put the cap back on the glass jar and store it in a dark warm place for about 24 hours. After that you can sip away. To sweeten you can add sugar or organic honey.
You can also use the meat of the coconut to create your own non dairy probiotic yogurt. Simply place the coconut flesh and a half a cup of water into your blender and put the mixture into a container. Wrap the kefir grains in either muslin or cheese cloth and place in the middle of the yogurt mix. Cover the lid and let it ferment for 24 to 48 hours and your done.
You can buy the kefir grains from any health food shop or online health store.
Make Sure Your Probiotics Are Getting Through
A key problem with probiotics is they are not self supporting. This means they are easily destroyed when they enter the highly acidic environment of your stomach. For this reason you should eat foods that are rich in prebiotics - as they feed and strengthen the probiotics and your friendly gut flora.
Prebiotic rich foods are bananas, artichokes, raw onions, unrefined oats and asparagus. However, one of the riches sources is the kiwifruit. Its skin is especially rich in prebiotics and bioactive’s such as phenolic compounds.
Phenolic compounds work with the prebiotics to rebalance the acidity levels within your intestinal tract and colon. This helps to alkaline your digestive system and create the optimal environment for the probiotics to thrive. They also help to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and support your immune system.
Although, the flesh of the kiwifruit contains prebiotics, its richest source, including phenolics, are contained within the skin, which unfortunately is inedible. You would have to eat a lot of kiwifruit to obtain the prebiotic nutrients you need.
Fortunately, MaxaLife have a created MX Kiwi Biotic - a 100% natural prebiotic supplement made solely from kiwifruit – including the all important skin. This means you receive the prebiotic and phenolic equivalent of 3 kiwifruit (including the skin) in one easy to swallow capsule.
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