How to Make Easy Probiotic Tonics at Home

Every grocery store is touting shiny new bottles of fermented drinks now. It seems like there are new brands popping up everywhere. This is great because probiotics in fermented foods are so good for your health. In fact, probiotics help your body in so many ways, it’s important to incorporate them into your diet.

But with these convenient grab-and-go bottles comes the grab and go prices. If you have wanted to get these drinks, but cringe at spending tons of money on them, then you might just want to make a probiotic drink for yourself from home! You don’t have to spend a ton of money for a bottle that won’t last you longer than one car ride.

Making your own is a fun, hands-on way, of getting in touch with your health. Plus, you can see just what goes into these drinks and change them to your liking. Here are two fun recipes for you to try at home. The first one is homemade fermented orange juice, perfect for any breakfast.

Homemade Fermented OJfermented-orange-juice

  1. Orange Juice, fresh squeezed (from actual oranges – no juice)
  2. 1/2 tsp Culture Starter or 2 tbsp whey
  3. Filtered water
  4. Sea Salt

Instructions:

  1. Use a 1-quart mason jar for the fermenting process.
  2. Add around 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice.
  3. Mix in 1/2 tsp culture starter (or 2 tbsp whey) and just a pinch of salt.
  4. Fill with approximately 1 cup room temperature filtered water, until there is just 1 inch or so of headspace from the top of the jar.
  5. Cover this tightly and then shake before setting it aside in a room temperature place for about 48 hours. (Sometimes depending on your house, fermentation can happen in as little as 24 hours.)
  6. Put in the refrigerator and let chill. Then enjoy your drink.
  7. Slowly open containers because gasses build up as foods ferment.

These ingredients can all be found at your grocery store. The second recipe can be made on a hot day and enjoyed with friends because we just took refreshing lemonade to a whole new level.

Homemade Probiotic Lemon/Limeade

  1. screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-24-31-pm1.5 C water
  2. 1/2 C maple syrup/honey
  3. 1 serving of stevia
  4. 1.5 C strawberries
  5. 1.5 C fresh lime juice (about 10-12 limes)
  6. 4 C unflavored kombucha

Instructions:

  1. Bring your water, berries, and sweetener to pan to simmer and cook until soft (about 10 minutes).
  2. While your berries cook, squeeze limes and limes to make juice.
  3. Once soft, blend berries in small food processor until liquid.
  4. Add lime juice and berries together and place in the refrigerator until cool. Add kombucha right before you’re ready to consume or serve your refreshing drink. You can always add more stevia if it is too tart.

This recipe is so delicious and you can buy a big bottle of the kombucha which is always cheaper than that smaller take and go bottles. This recipe is perfect for multiple servings or sharing with friends.

Don’t be intimidated by making your own fermented, probiotic-rich drinks. People have been making fermented foods at home for centuries. And now you can make your own with just a few simple ingredients.

Taking care of your gut is important, and a full-time job. The foods you eat greatly affect your digestive health. That’s why fermented foods are so important to incorporate into your diet. In fact, these types of foods help your body stay healthy enough to absorb other foods and supplements you consume. Superfoods like Detox Organics help heal your gut on a daily basis, along with probiotics, and help you get the most of the foods you eat every single day.

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