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How Can You Make Probiotic Water at Home (Fast & Easy Without Kefir)
By now just about everyone has heard of probiotics. In a nutshell, probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are essential to our digestive system's health and optimum functionality.
Probiotics are naturally occurring in fermented foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut. They also occur naturally in and on foods that are not fermented such as raw milk, the hull of grains and the skin of raw fruit & vegetables. Unfortunately, in today's culture of commercially mass-produced of food, in order to keep the food safe from contamination before it reaches the consumer, the 'disinfecting' processes such as pasteurization, chemical baths, and irradiation, destroy not only the bad bacteria that can make a human sick but also the good bacteria that are critical to good health. To compensate for this depletion of probiotics in our diets, many people turn to supplements to re-supply the body with beneficial bacteria.
If you're trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and you are one of these persons who buy probiotics, you may feel that you're going broke considering quality probiotics cost between $30 to $150 for a one month supply! This is where making your own probiotic water at home can help ease the financial burden while still reaping the benefits of probiotic daily intake.
By making your own probiotic water, you will get the beneficial bacteria your body needs and save money at the same time. How? Simply put, you'll no longer need to buy as many bottles per year of probiotic supplements. Another great point of making your own probiotic water is that you can use the probiotics you already have on hand, no additional store purchase needed!
Below you will find step by step instructions on how to make your own probiotic drink. It's very quick and simple to do so. Once your probiotic water is ready in a few days, add a splash to your smoothie, bottled water or juice on a daily basis and enjoy the benefits!
You Will Need:
- Sterilized Glass Jar
- Pure Water (Do Not Use City Tap Water)
- Probiotic Capsule of Your Choice
Step 1: Fill a Jar With Sterile Water
If you're making your own probiotic water, I'm guessing health is important to you. That's why the water used in making your own probiotic water should be pure water.
City tap water contains chlorine (which inhibits bacterial growth including healthy probiotics) as well as pharmaceutical, pesticide and herbicide residues, plus a long list of other chemical contaminates. It's best not to use this type of water for anything going into your body. Fortunately I have clean well water due to my rural location and a water test was one of the first things had done when my husband and I were considering buying the property. However, I understand my situation is the minority and not the majority. No problem! Simply use filtered or bottled spring water.
Step 2: Add a Probiotic Capsule
To me, this is the best part. Use the probiotics you already have on hand! They will ferment just like kefir and you don't have to make a trip to the store to buy anything new. This will save you soooo much money in the long run.
Add only 1/4 to 1/2 of the probiotic capsule of your choice. Unlike taking a daily dietary supplement of a whole probiotic capsule, you only need to use a portion of the capsule contents (no matter if the probiotic is a high or low potency) because the beneficial bacterial will multiply during the fermenting process.
Step 3: Add Honey
Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey to the jar of water. The honey is the food for the probiotics to feed on during the fermentation process. The probiotics will not ferment without the honey, they need the sugar-fuel.
If you need to use a sugar substance other than honey for the probiotic 'food', you may substitute with coconut sugar, as well as maple syrup or molasses. A natural, raw-state form of sugar like raw honey or grade B maple syrup is optimal because they have not been cooked down or stripped of their nutrients during the processing. The raw state keeps their bio-active health properties in-tact (an added bonus). However, if processed honey-bear honey is what you have in the cabinet, it's certainly okay to use, it's still good probiotic food!
Step 4: Shake It Up!
After adding the probiotics and honey, secure the lid on the jar and give it a good shake, shake, shake! No worries if the honey doesn't fully dissolve right away. It will within a matter of hours.
Step 5: Fermentation Time
Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for 3 days. In my many batches probiotic water, setting the jar in a light or dark environment hasn't affected the fermentation much at all despite what I've read other places. It seems temperature and sugar-fuel (honey) make the most difference in a successful fermentation.
Bacteria loves warm over cold! A nice warm environment, no cooler than 68 degrees and no warmer than 100 degrees, will make your probiotics very happy and multiply like crazy!
After the 3 days, your probiotic water will be ready. It's not recommended to drink large quantities in one sitting. Although you can drink it straight (such as a tablespoon or two), the 'fermentation-taste' disappears when added to other beverages. For example, add a little to your smoothie, your water bottle or juice throughout the day.
After your first batch, experiment with fermentation strengths to see what best suits your preferences by adjusting ferment times (more or fewer days) and environmental temperatures. Both factors contribute to making a stronger or weaker fermentation. The fermentation strength also affects the flavor of the probiotic drink.
Q: What are the bubbles forming?
A: This is completely normal during fermentation. The bubbles are simply CO2 being released by the probiotics. It's actually a good sign the beneficial bacteria are alive and doing their thing!
Q: What are the floaties?
A: Floaties are perfectly normal. They are the waste product of the fermenting probiotics. In the example photo above, the floaties are dark brownish-red. That is because the honey used for this batch of probiotic water was also a brownish-red in color. If you used golden honey, the floaties won't be as dark.
After the 3 days have completed and your probiotic water is ready to drink, simply pour it through a mesh strainer to remove the floaties.
A Note About Mold
Mold only happens when there is contamination somewhere along the way. Always make sure to use a fresh, clean, sterile jar (and wash your hands) for each probiotic water preparation. Use a clean spoon the scoop the honey, or squeeze the honey directly into the jar itself with any touching.
Personally, I've never had mold happen to me, but I've also been diligent in making sure everything is sterile each time I make a batch.
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