DIY Probiotics: make your own in 4 simple steps!

why take probiotics-

Why should you make your own probiotics?

Sometimes we think it’s just one more expense to be healthy. Vitamins, probiotics, eating organic, it all adds up. Yes, that is true, but this is a simple and very affordable way to be healthy! I am here to tell you that when you make it yourself you save money and get a great probiotic too!

It can be quite spendy to buy a high quality probiotic at your local health food store. I know! 🙁  If you want your whole family taking probiotics, this is the way to go! I have found that making my own takes very little time!

I have also discovered through making my own probiotics at home, that they are much more potent. I have never experienced die off symptoms from a store bought probiotic.  I have found when you make them at home they are packed full of “goodness,” and come with a healthy punch. In fact, I suggest that you start off small and work your way up to a healthy daily dose. 

How to make your own probiotics!

How to make probiotics

This is a simple and inexpensive way to make your own probiotics. This four step process can be done by anyone. All you need is: 2 glass jars, a spoon, a fresh green coconut (I get mine at whole foods for $2.99), and some probiotic capsules (I use Bluebonnet which is a  milk-free probiotic).

This is what I use:

Coconut

Four simple steps, an you are on your way to a healthier gut:

  1. Open the coconut and pour the coconut water into a bowl.
  2. Using a strainer, pour the coconut water into your glass mason jar (I put the water from two coconuts in a 32oz. glass jar, each coconut yields about two cups of water).
  3. Add 2 capsules of probiotic to your coconut water (Make sure that the probiotic you use contains these two strains: L. Acidophilus, and Bifiuds). If I use two coconuts, then I add 4 probiotic capsules.
  4. Lastly, stir it up with a spoon, put in a warm dark place, and let it ferment for 24-48 hours. You can begin to check it at 24 hours. I personally like the taste at 36-48 hours depending on the temperature of the room. It will ferment at 70 degrees F- 75 degrees F (You can also cover your jars with a towel to help control the temperature). 

How do you know when it is ready to drink?

It will smell a bit sour. It will be fizzy. If you shake it and then open the lid, you should notice that there is bubbly noise. You can add this to a smoothie, juice, or just drink plain. I really enjoy the taste of it and drink in plain. Make sure you don’t drink it straight from the glass jar, as you don’t want to introduce bad bacteria to the good bacteria. Always drink from another glass!

You can also use coconut water kefir grains which is the best way! It is much more economical, because the grains don’t die. They keep producing more kefir grains, so you can spread the “love” by sharing your kefir grains with others.

Resources used for this post:

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/why-take-probiotics/

Probiotics: One of The Most Important Supplements You Can Take, by Dr. Mercola

 

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