fabulously frugal thursday: homemade probiotic beverages

by Barb on August 7, 2013

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If you’re a fan o’ mine on Facebook, you may have seen me talk about my unexpected brush with cyanide poisoning while making a healthy smoothie with homegrown cherries way back at the end of May. While my case was pretty mild, the cyanide in the cherry stones messed with my immune system in my gut leading me to get sick every single week for a few days since the beginning of June. Nothing major. Just getting sick for a few days, feeling better, and then I would get sick again. I couldn’t figure out why until I read up a little on how cyanide poisoning can affect the immune system in the gut.

A light bulb went on! I needed to get probiotics into my diet daily to rebuild my immune system. While I could and did buy probiotic drinks like kombucha and kefir, a more frugal approach is to make my own. Last week, A Life Unprocessed shared 2 recipes for making your own probiotic beverages:

and don’t forget to check out her post on making your own ginger bug, something which I’ll be making this weekend once I buy some more organic ginger root.



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Heather M August 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

Another thing I need to get on top of….I’m tired haha.

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Buttons and Paint August 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks for hosting a great party! Hope you are feeling better now

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Buttons and Paint August 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thanks for hosting a great party! Hope you are feeling better now

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Vickie August 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

Good morning Barb! Thanks for the linky party. I added two posts this week – I’m up to my knees in produce from my backyard garden – so one post is about dehydrating tomatoes and the other is about canning pickled beets. I hope you have a great day and that the rest of your week is wonderful!
Vickie recently posted..Canning Pickled Beets

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Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free August 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Barb, I’ve been away from your linky for a bit, but I’m back with 3 posts this week :) I’ve shared a recipe for my grandma’s dill pickle cucumbers, a bit of my meal planning around farmers market finds, and some photos of what I’ve been cookin’ this week. Thanks so much for hosting!
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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) August 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Wow! That’s crazy, I am glad it wasn’t anything more serious! Good to know!
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Aida Ingram August 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love this….
Have you ever given some of the other store bought kombuchas at home I have seen a few of the recipes…thank you for sharing this!
Aida Ingram recently posted..DON’T Do This Again! Take Your Golden Opportunity!

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Barb August 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

I have 2 kombuchas brewing, but a bit neglected. It’s easy to make. I’m just not staying on top of the brewing process right now.

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