It is essential to maintain the health of the gut, hence, the need for probiotic drink recipes. The body system works together as one, and a malfunction or imbalance on one part of the body may affect the other parts.
A good and healthy gut has the following benefits on the body:
- Improved immunity- since 80% of our immune system is in the digestive system, consuming probiotics will help boost our immunity.
- Reduces blood pressure- consuming good bacteria helps to reduce high blood pressure, which can lead to hypertension.
- Lowers cholesterol- a daily dose of fermented milk drink helps to reduce the cholesterol level by almost 10%.
- Soothes inflammation- Probiotics helps to soothe inflammations associated with asthma, heart diseases, cancer, and allergies.
- Improves oral health
- Sharpens The Memory- the brain is somewhat connected to the gastrointestinal system. By this, the health of the gut has a way of boosting memory.
- Treats Diarrhea
- Reduces IBS
- Boosts Mood
- Cures Urinary Tract Infections
- Prevents Allergies and childhood eczema
- Helps to lose weight
Below are 19 probiotic drink recipes to heal your gut.
1. Fermented Orange Juice
The first on my list of probiotic drink recipes is the fermented orange juice.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- Sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of culture starter. You can substitute with 2 tablespoons of whey
- Filtered water
- In 1 quart of a mason jar, mix two and a half cups of freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of culture starter or whichever you are using.
- Mix in a pinch of salt and pour a cup of water to fill the jar, leaving one inch out.
- Cover the jar and shake well for the ingredients to mix properly.
- Store at room temperature for at least 48 hours.
- Keep in the fridge and open the jar, so gases don’t build up during the fermentation process.
2. Coconut Water Kefir
- 4 cups of coconut water
- 1/4 cup of water kefir grains or starter.
- Combine both ingredients in a mason jar and store for 2 days.
- Check and taste the coconut water kefir after 24 hours. (If it is still sweet, keep it for a day extra, and if it is not, it is ready to be used).
- Add a squeeze of lemon to give it a nice flavor.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.
3. Simple Water Kefir
Another probiotic drink recipe is that of simple water kefir.
- 1 glass jar
- 1 plastic or wood stirring utensil
- Towel, butter muslin or paper coffee filter- to cover the jar with.
- A rubber band or a jarring to keep the cover in place.
- A mesh strainer- to remove the frains from the water kefir
- 1/4 cup of sugar-based on a quart of water
- Dehydrated Water Kefir Grains
- Chlorine or fluoride-free water. Rehydrated Water Kefir Grains
- Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into the jar.
- Add half a cup of hot water and shake to dissolve the sugar.
- Mix in three cups of water at room temperature. Make sure the mix is at 68 degrees to 85 degrees room temperature.
- Pour in the water kefir grains. Cover the jar and let it sit for two or three days.
- When the days are over, make another set of sugar water, using steps 1-4 above.
- Sift the grains out of the finished water and pour it into the newly prepared sugar water.
- Now, the finished water kefir is ready for consumption, flavor, bottle, or store in the refrigerator.
4. Probiotic Green Juice
- A handful of parsley
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 handful of kale leaves
- 1 handful of spinach leaves and
- A probiotic capsule
- Combine all the ingredients (leave the probiotic capsule out) in a juicer and process.
- Open the probiotic capsule, then pour the contents into the juice.
- Stir until well mixed and enjoy!
5. Gut-Friendly Blueberry Smoothie
The probiotic drink recipe below is that of gut-friendly blueberry smoothies, which is one of the most effective recipes for a healthy gut.
- ½ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 cups of kefir. Or you can get 2 cups of kefir and a cup of water to make a thinner consistency.
- 1 slice of fresh avocado. This is optional, but if you need extra creaminess, you can add it.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- You can choose to drink immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled.
6. Natural Ginger Ale
- 1/2 cup of organic sugar. If you are using plain sugar, add a tablespoon of molasses for additional flavors and minerals.
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 8 cups of chlorine-free filtered water.
- 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt.
- 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger root- minced. You can add more to your desired taste.
- 1/2 cup of homemade ginger bug. You can substitute this with 1/4 cup of whey to make it faster. However, do not expect the flavor to be the same!
- Make a wort for the ginger ale by adding 3 cups of water, minced ginger root, salt, sugar, and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Allow the mixture simmer until the sugar melts, and it begins to smell like ginger.
- Take off the heat and add more water to it.
- Leave it to cool before proceeding.
- When it cools, add lime or lemon juice and the ginger bug. (Add whey if using it).
- Pour into a 2-quart mason jar with a tight cover. Let it sit for 2-3 days before transferring it to the fridge.
- If using whey, it will ferment faster, and it will take little time.
- Take time to open the lid at intervals to release the gas-buildup, so the jar does not explode!
- When fermented, the final mixture should smell of ginger and slight yeast fermentation. It should also be fizzy.
- Strain the mixture and pour it into bottles.
- Strain and refrigerate before drinking.
7. Coffee Kombucha Recipe
Coffee Kombucha recipe is one of the best probiotic drink recipes to try.
- 3 quarts of brewed coffee
- A cup of organic sugar
- 1 tablespoon brewed and unflavored regular kombucha
- 1/4 cup of simple syrup
- 10 drops of vanilla creme or English toffee flavored stevia
- 1 kombucha SCOBY
- Pour the sugar to the coffee while it is hot, now until it dissolves.
- Let the coffee cool to room temperature.
- Place the brewed coffee in a gallon-size glass jar (if you want, you can make a half batch with only 1.5 quarts of coffee and 1/2 cup sugar)
- Add the SCOBY and 1 tablespoon of brewed kombucha (for the acidity) to the jar.
- Now, cover with cheesecloth or a coffee filter and a rubber band.
- Let sit at room temperature for 3-5 days or until it reaches the desired flavor. It will still be slightly tangy and bitter at this point.
- Remove the SCOBY and use it to make a new batch (if making more).
- Pour the brewed coffee into quart size mason jars with airtight lids or bottles for the second ferment.
- Add the simple syrup and stevia to the jars or bottles (divide evenly between the jars).
- Place air-tight lids on the glass jars, now leave at room temperature for an additional 24-48 hours for a second fermentation. This will add carbonation and a little more sweetness to the brew.
- Refrigerate and serve cold as desired. I recommend serving over ice and adding coconut milk and additional flavored stevia to taste if desired.
8. Cultured Strawberry Soda
- 1/2 a gallon of filtered water
- 1 cup of ginger bug
- One lb of strawberries- rinsed and hulled
- 1 1/2 cups of dehydrated cane juice
- Make a wort by placing the strawberries in a cheesecloth tied close with a twine.
- Add water to a heavy-bottomed pot and put the cheesecloth into the water, tying the twine to the pot handle.
- Bring the water to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes. Now add sugar, stir till dissolved, and remove from heat.
- Cover the pot for about 30 minutes before you remove the strawberry bag and discard it.
- When the strawberry wort is cooled, add the ginger bug liquid and transfer it into bottles.
- Roll on the cover of the bottles tightly and leave to ferment in a dark place for 2 days.
- Put in the refrigerator before you serve!
9. Herbal Kefir Iced Tea
Water kefir grains (like those from Cultures for Health), rehydrated according to package instructions
A handful of fresh or dried herbs (I used dandelion, nettle, and mint, but here are some examples of more wonderful and flavorful options)
Stevia leaf, preferably fresh (or other optional sweeteners)
1. Culture water kefir grains according to package instructions (as described here).
2. Prepare an herbal infusion by simply pouring boiling water over herbs (and stevia), steeping for 15 minutes to 1 hour, and then straining.
3. Once cooled to room temperature, mix one-part herbal infusion with one part water kefir and set out on your countertop for at least 6 hours, preferably longer. Chill and enjoy it!
10. Beet Kanji
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt
- 1 large carrot- scraped and cut into long and thin slices
- 2 teaspoons of coarsely powdered mustard seeds
- 1 large organic beet- peeled and cut into long and thin slices
- Pour the vegetables into a glass jar and add salt and mustard.
- Now add the filtered water to the jar to cover the vegetables leaving 2 inches of the jar out.
- Cover the jar with a lid and keep on the kitchen counter for 5 days or until bubbles start to form on top.
- Strain the liquid and drink.
11. Wild Fermented Fruity Kvass
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
- Filtered water- enough for the whole process
- Chopped fruits and vegetables
- 1 quarter glass jar with cover
- Pour the chopped fruits and veggies into the jar until it is halfway full.
- Add the honey and pour the filtered water. Leave out about one inch free at the top as this will allow for the gas fermentation to build up. This it will do without exploding the jar.
- Tighten the cover of the jar and keep it at the normal room temperature for about 3 days or more (depending n your preference). Shake daily!
- When you notice the lid of the jar bulging, open the lid and let the air escape.
- After the fermentation process is over, strain and transfer to your fridge to continue the fermentation process.
- Serve and enjoy!
12. Easy Probiotic Drink
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Filtered water- enough to cover the jar
- 2 Aligh Probiotic Capsules
- 1 cup of sliced fruit- you can use any fruit, but I prefer berries.
- Add a cup of sliced fruit into a 1-quart mason jar and mash up with a spoon.
- Add the powder from the probiotic capsules and honey. Stir till properly mixed.
- Pour enough water to cover the content of the jar, leaving an inch out.
- Cover the jar tightly and leave on the counter at room temperature for 3 days.
- Always remember to shake the jar at least once a day, and if the lid starts to bulge, remove it and free the gas.
- After the fermentation process is over, pour into a cup, strain, and drink. You can store the drink in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Note: If you’ve never taken probiotics before, then start with 1/2 cup a day.
13. Easy Beet Kvass
- 1 cup of boiled water- keep more on the side enough to cover the jar.
- 3 beets- cleaned and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Celtic sea salt
- Pour the beets into a 32-ounce mason jar and leave one inch out at the top.
- Add the salt into the freshly boiled water and leave to cool.
- Once cool, pour over the beets and add more water to cover the beets.
- Cover the jar tightly and keep it in the dark place for about 4 weeks or until tangy. Remember always to open every two days.
- When the 4 weeks is over, strain, and enjoy your drink.
Note: To speed up the fermentation process, you can add 1/4 cup of liquid whey.
14. Probiotic Lemonade
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 3 quarts of filtered water
- A gallon size jar
- 1 cup of whey
- Juice of 10 lemons. You can substitute with lime.
- Pour the sugar into the gallon size jar and add hot water enough to melt the sugar.
- Add lemon or lime juice and fill the jar with filtered water about 3/4 full.
- Ensure the mixture is at normal room temperature and add the whey.
- Cover the jar tightly and let it sit for 3 days on the countertop.
- Serve and drink. You can keep the remaining in the fridge as it will keep fermenting therein.
- Drink about 4 to 6 ounces per day. Add stevia to it if the drink is too tart.
15. Fermented Gajar Kanji
- 1 beet- clean and divided
- 3 carrots- washed and sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried mustard powder
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 cup of boiling water- keep more on the side.
- Place beets, carrots, and spices in a 32-ounce jar.
- Add salt to the boiled water and stir until properly dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Transfer the cool salted water to the jar and add more boiled water to cover the vegetables.
- Cover the jar and keep in a cupboard. Leave it there for about 4 days to ferment.
- When the 4 days are over, strain, and enjoy!
16. Beat Winter Bloating Probiotic Green Smoothie
- 2 cups of coconut water kefir
- 1 roughly chopped pear
- 1 roughly chopped apple
- A handful of spinach
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cucumber- peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks
- A tablespoon of roughly chopped ginger
- 1 lemon- squeezed
- 1 lime- squeezed
- Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
17. Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Probiotic Drink
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 6 ounces of cold water
- 2 tablespoons of no sugar added organic apple juice
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- 2 ice cubes
- 4 drops of liquid vanilla stevia
- Combine all ingredients in a cup, then stir or shake to combine.
- Taste and add more stevia if necessary. Serve chilled.
18. Strawberry Limeade
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 serving of stevia
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 12 limes
- 4 unflavored kombucha
Put water, berries, and sweetener into a pan to simmer until soft (about 10 minutes).
In the meantime, squeeze limes to make juice.
Once soft, blend berries in a small food processor.
Chill lime juice and berries together, adding kombucha right before serving. (Check tartness and add more stevia if needed)
*Could substitute seltzer water if you don’t have kombucha.
*Raspberries are great in this too!
19. Bonfire Cider
The last on my list of probiotic drink recipes is the bonfire cider.
- 1/2 cup of ginger- sliced
- 1/2 cup of sliced horseradish root- this is optional
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup of sliced turmeric root
- 1/2 white onion- chopped
- 5 oz of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 head of garlic- peeled and sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper- sliced
- One lemon- sliced
- 1 tablespoon of dried echinacea root- optional
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- Raw honey- to taste
- Arrange all the ingredients into a quart size mason jar and add apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs.
- Cover the jar with parchment paper and roll on the cap tightly.
- Store in a warm location for about one month before you strain and discard the herbs.
- Add a tiny amount of honey to the fermented juice to sweeten it.
- Keep in the fridge and enjoy it whenever you want.
Maintaining a healthy gut is now easy with all the probiotic drink recipes mentioned above. Healing and restoring the health of your gut is straightforward with herbs and other natural ingredients.
Apart from gut healing and health, these recipes add other health benefits to the body. Choose the one with the ingredients that go well with you and give it a trial today. Have you ever tried any probiotic drink recipes? If yes, share your experience in the COMMENTS.