When we hear the word bacteria, the immediate thought that comes to our mind is that of unhealthy and disease causing agents. Most of us are unaware of the fact that there are certain bacteria that are beneficial for our health and their consumption can improve the overall health. Pro-biotics are one of these bacteria.
The World Health Organisation and Food and Agricultural Organisation have defined Probiotics as “Live micro-organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. Our intestines contain more than 100 million organisms, which weigh more than a kilogram. Some of these are beneficial while others are harmful.
There is a need to maintain a proper balance of the microbial population for ensuring good health. Probiotics play an important role in maintaining this balance by increasing the number of beneficial bacteria and minimising the harmful bacteria. Thus, it defends the body against the raiding pathogens and enabling proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.
With increased awareness of health and healthy diet, the popularity of probiotic drinks has been increasing. These are basically, dairy based beverages, which have a consistency similar to milk. These are often considered as drinkable yogurts. Today they are available in a wide range of flavours at your nearest grocer’s shop.
Top 9 Probiotic Drinks
Given below is a list of some of the healthiest probiotic drinks which you can consider incorporating in your diet:
This delicious probiotic drink Yakult helps to improve intestinal function and builds immunity. It is prepared from skimmed milk powder, sugar, glucose, natural flavour, water and about 6.5 billion beneficial bacteria (Lactobacillus caseistrain Shirota). It has a citrus taste. Daily consumption of this drink can increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut, which improve digestion and bowel movement. It also improves nutrient absorption to strengthen your natural defenses. Today it is a popular drink with over 30 million people in more than 30 countries including India consuming it daily!
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2. Good Belly:
If you are suffering from stomach upset due to food sensitivities, then Good Belly is the right choice for you. This delicious probiotic drink comprises of live and active probiotic cultures, such as Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®), one of the most prominent probiotic cultures available in the market. Unlike most probiotic drinks, Good Belly drinks are dairy free, soy free and entirely vegan and a treat for those who love the refreshing taste of juice. They come in a range of original flavours like mango, strawberry, lemon ginger, coconut water, pomegranate, blackberry, cranberry watermelon, tropical orange, carrot ginger etc. Daily consumption of this drink promotes healthy digestion.
3. Beyond Berry:
Beyond Berry-student formula is basically a powdered protein drink comprising of organic berries. It is low in calories but rich in antioxidants, enzymes and probiotics. Its benefits include prevention of inflammation, improved response to stress by increased support to adrenal glands, increased energy, improved mental clarity, protection of cells from oxygen damage, healthier skin and strengthened immune and digestive systems. Being rich in antioxidants, it also helps protect against free radical damage. This drink is available online at amazon.com.
4. Dan Active:
Dan Active from Dannon is one of the most popular dairy drinks in U.S.A. It is also available in a range of flavours like vanilla, strawberry, peach, pomegranate berry, blueberry and mixed berry or light pomegranate berry. This drink helps strengthen your body’s defences, thus improving your resistance to infections. It is widely available in grocery stores in 3.1 oz. bottles.
5. PRE Probiotic Enhancer:
This organic juice by Pre is available in a variety of flavours and is suitable for people of all ages. It aids digestion by promoting healthy digestive balance and facilitating the growth of beneficial bacteria already present in your digestive system. An increase in probiotics improves your resistance to harmful bacteria and boosts your immune system. This drink is available at your online Amazon store.
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6. Kyo-Dophilus Powder:
This probiotic drink by Kyolic is recommended during and after undergoing medication and is suitable for all ages. Its benefits include improved immunity and digestive system and overall well being. It is available in the form of probiotic powder, which is devoid of preservatives, sodium, sugar, gluten, yeast, milk and artificial colours or flavours. You can sprinkle it on your food or add to drinks. It is available at your local food store in 3.1 oz. bottles.
7. PHD 2 Go Probiotic Drink:
This drink by PHD Probiotic Health Daily incorporates a delicious balance of berry and citrus flavours. It comprises of 6 probiotic strains, 20 billion CFUs and 3 grams Pre-biotic fibre in a single packet. It claims health benefits like strengthened immunity, healthy digestive system, improved overall health. It is available in your grocery or health food stores in 10 oz. bottles and powder packets. However, the powder packets contain just 10 billion CFUs.
Cocobiotic by Body Ecology is a naturally fermented drink prepared from young coconuts and is gluten free. Its benefits include improved digestion and liver cleansing, lower sugar cravings, and increased energy. For better results, it is recommended to drink 4 ounces of this drink with each meal.
9. Doc’s Friendly Flora Enhanced Microbial Liquid Probiotics:
This probiotic drink claims detoxification, weight loss and improved well being. It is particularly beneficial for those suffering from autism, ADHD and cognitive disorders. It contains several different probiotic strains and a phototropic. It is always preferable to consult a doctor and discuss benefits of probiotic drinks before using them regularly.
Pick your favorite probiotics drink today and set yourself on a healthy track. Leave your comments and suggestions of other drinks that you’re aware of.
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