Fermented Beverages

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Nutrition | 1 comment

Fermented Beverages

Fermented Beverages

Drinking fermented beverages with meals or in between meals aids greatly in digestion, adds trillions of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to your inner ecosystem, controls cravings and helps keep hunger at bay. Kombucha, Kevita, Inner-Eco and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Drink are all examples of products that you can introduce into your life!

Inner-Eco—this is a fermented coconut water, also referred to as coconut kefir. Coconut water is full of wonderful minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium that our bodies need. It’s also full of natural electrolytes to keep us hydrated. However, it is very high in natural sugars that may feed pathogenic bacteria. When it is fermented, the natural sugars are eaten up by the beneficial bacteria, and we are left with all the nutrients, minerals and electrolytes our bodies need. Drinking just an ounce or two a day can boost your beneficial bacteria, aid in digestion, and help increase regularity. It has been reported that drinking coconut kefir also: cleanses the liver, improves skin, improves vision, decreases joint pain and discomfort. You can find this at any health food market in the refrigerated case with the other refrigerated probiotics. It comes in regular, tropical, and berry. Try drinking it straight or mixing it into smoothies!

Kevita—this is a coconut water based probiotic beverage. It is a blend of coconut water, four different probiotic cultures and some fruit puree. It is certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free and very low calorie. It is slightly fizzy due to the fermentation, and I think it helps me keep hunger at bay in between meals. It comes in a wide variety of different flavors and is sweetened with stevia.

Kombucha—this is a slightly bubbly fermented black tea that comes in a variety of flavors. It is mixed with fruit puree and has a higher calorie content than Kevita. It is full of beneficial bacteria, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. You will find it at any health food market.

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Drink—this is a drink made of raw, fermented apple cider vinegar, water and fruit juices. It helps to restore your body’s natural pH balance, aids in digestion, and helps promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut. I think it helps stop sugar cravings and is an excellent treat between meals. It comes in a variety of flavors, some with minimal calories and some with zero calories. It can be found at most health food markets.

Books

The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Fermented Foods for Health by Deirdre Rawlings

Cultured Food for Life by Donna Schwenk

Websites:

Bodyecology.com

Kimberlysnyder.net

Culturedfoodlife.com

Nourishedkitchen.com

Nourishingdays.com 

Recipes:

Girlmeetsnourishment.com/56-fermented-recipes/

Almond Milk Kefir

Paleoleap.com/fermented-food-recipes/

 

Body Ecology Veggie Culture Starter and Kefir Starter available at Natural Grocers

 

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One Comment

  1. I have also made a TON of ginger water kefir (in certain areas they call it ginger beer). It is amazingly settling to the stomach!