When it comes to improving gut health, it’s always wise to adhere to any treatments or medications offered by your physician, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add other means of treatment to your plan, such as sipping on a probiotic drink made with your own two hands. By making one of these drinks, you’re giving your brain and body a solid dose of good bacteria, which some researchers say can provide many benefits overall.
For instance, subpar gut health can be the cause of recurrent skin infections, and probiotic drinks not only help with gut health, but they also help clear up your skin. Fortunately, probiotic drinks don’t require you breaking the bank, and all you need to do to reap their benefits is follow the recipes below.
Fizzy Natural Ginger Ale
For those suffering from digestive disturbances, homemade natural ginger ale will allegedly provide soothing relief due to the number of enzymes and probiotics it contains. As with all fermented products, you should start with small amounts of about four ounces and work your way up, as the enzymes and probiotics can upset the stomach before you’ve gotten used to fermented products. In terms of ingredients, you’ll need eight cups of water, a one to two-inch slice of fresh, minced ginger root, a half cup of sugar, one tablespoon of Manuka honey, a half teaspoon of sea salt, a half cup of fresh lemon juice, and a quarter cup of whey. To make, follow the directions below:
- Place three of your cups of water, the ginger root, the sugar, the Manuka honey, and the salt into a saucepan, mix everything together, and bring it to boil.
- Simmer your mixture for roughly five minutes till the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has started smelling like ginger.
- Take your saucepan off the heat before adding the remaining water. The mixture should cool, but if it doesn’t, let it cool down to room temp before moving on.
- Add the lemon juice and the whey. Transfer over to a two-quart mason jar that has an airtight lid. Stir it well and place the lid on the jar.
- Leave the jar on your counter between two and three days until it’s carbonated. Be very watchful on this step, as whey makes the mixture ferment quickly. The mixture should bubble and “hiss” like soda once you remove the lid. This process is temperature-dependent, so the mixture might have to be stirred or burped during this time.
- Move to your fridge where the ginger ale should last indefinitely. Make sure to strain before you drink.
Ginger Pineapple Tepache
You have plenty of reasons for loving this fermented beverage beyond the great taste of pineapple. For instance, the chief ingredients are chockful of enzymes, vitamins, and probiotics. This drink also takes about 72 hours, three full days, to ferment—a fairly short time when compared with other homemade probiotic drinks. You’ll need a ripe pineapple—preferably a large one—two sticks of cinnamon, two to three cloves, two tablespoons of Manuka honey, a one-inch knob of grated, peeled ginger, and two cups of water. To make, adhere to the following directions:
- Start by peeling your pineapple and juicing its pulp. Add the skin and juice to a large mason jar along with your other ingredients. Stir until blended, place a cloth over the jar, and allow the mixture two days to sit at room temp.
- Remove all the foam that’s accumulated, cover, and allow it to ferment for another day.
- Strain the drink and chill it in your fridge before serving.
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