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5 Reasons Probiotic Drinks Are More Beneficial than Supplements

Posted on July 10, 2016

Lacto-Fermentation is the process that turns beets into Kvass, coconut water into Coconut Kefir, cabbage into sauerkraut and milk into yogurt. Certain types of bacteria including lactobacillus strains convert naturally occurring sugars into lactic acid. This lactic acid then kills of the harmful bacteria. This lacto-fermentation process also increases the vitamin and enzyme levels of the fermented product, as well as it’s digestibility.

The presence of lactic acid in the fermented product gives the familiar sour taste as well a hospitable environment for the beneficial bacteria to thrive in. Lacto-fermentation does not have to do with milk products. The ‘lacto’ in the name refers to the process of creating a fermentation by-product "lactic acid", hence the name. Lactobacillus strains, as well as some other bacteria strains, create lactic acid as they digest various sugars.

1. Fermented Vegetables are Stronger than Supplements

Dr. Mercola says, “Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost-effective alternative.

Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.”

La Vie probiotic Beet Kvass and Coconut Kefir are made using probiotic starter cultures including several strains of Lactobicillus, Bifidobacteria and S.Thermophilus. Fermented food-based drinks, such as these, are the most potent source for beneficial bacteria!

2. Enhanced Nutritional Content

The Lacto-fermentation process ‘predigests’ the food it is fermented with making the nutrients more available to the human body. And some vitamins are increased by the fermentation process, especially C and B vitamins.

3. Greater Diversity of Healthy Bacteria in Fermented Drinks

Most pills and powders contain only a few strains of bacteria. Fermented food based-drinks have a more diverse population of bacteria. La Vie uses a starter culture with 6 different bacteria strains. Fermented vegetables also contain soil-based bacteria not found in the starter culture, nor in probiotic supplements. A variety of probiotic cultures is the best way to go!

4. How much of the bacteria makes it past the stomach to the intestines?

Probiotic pills are enterically coated to protect the probiotic as it passes the stomach.
The live bacteria in Lacto-fermented food-based drinks thrive in acid environments, the bacteria produce acid as a by-product of the fermentation process. The unhealthy bacteria die off, and the good bacteria go through the acidic environment of the stomach and into the intestines.

5. Probiotic Drinks are Ready for Work

Living bacteria in food-based probiotic drinks are already living in active, established colonies and when they arrive in the intestines they are primed for getting to work. Probiotic supplements in pill or powder form, once in the intestines, have to establish a bacterial colony before the beneficial results of probiotic activity can be experienced.

In summary, probiotic drinks are more beneficial than probiotic pill or powdered supplements because probiotic drinks have a far higher concentration of beneficial probiotic colonies, have enhanced nutritional content, allow for a greater diversity of probiotic strains, thrive in the acidic environments of our stomach, and are primed and ready to work once ingested.


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Drink La Vie vs Kombucha

Posted on March 23, 2016

Drink La Vie Probiotics vs Kombucha

Not All Probiotic Drinks Are Created Equal.

What’s the difference between probiotic drinks from Drink La Vie and large scale production probiotic drinks such as large-scale distribution kombucha?

First, Drink La Vie makes artisanal products in small batches by a small staff in our Capitola kitchen. We use the finest ingredients we can get from local farms whenever possible to create our delicious and healthy concoctions. Among our ingredients are raw, organic, locally grown beets, pure, raw coconut water (that we get straight from the coconuts ourselves), cold-pressed juices, mineral salt and filtered water. Our probiotic drinks do not ever include refined sugars, fruit juice concentrates or caffeine.

Unlike some large probiotic drink companies, Drink La Vie never adds CO2 to our drinks. Probiotic drinks from Drink La Vie are naturally carbonated as a result of the natural fermentation process. Some of our products even have a second fermentation. It is only fermentation which creates the effervescent, bubbly quality of our drinks.

Drink La Vie is proud of the non-dairy bacteria cultures we use in our probiotic drinks. There are 6 live and active strains of bacteria. They are Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus. Drink La Vie drinks are safe for folks with Candida overgrowth.

Kombucha is also a probiotic drink, usually made by fermenting tea and sugar. While homemade kombucha can be a wonderful probiotic drink, industrial kombucha is mostly made in huge batches with added carbonation from CO2, added fruit juice concentrate and is sold nationwide.

According to wikipedia, the beneficial effects of the specific bacteria in Drink La Vie drinks are many and include the following:

Bifidobacterium bifidum

  • Helps the gastrointestinal tract
  • Reduces the chances of diarrhea and helps fight E.coli infections
  • Fights Candida and other yeast overgrowths

Lactobacillus acidophilus

  • Decreases the incidence of pediatric diarrhea
  • May be helpful in reducing serum cholesterol levels
  • Improves bowel regularity, can prevent traveller’s diarrhea and antibiotic-related bowel issues
  • Exhibits positive effects on chemotherapy patients
  • Produces vitamin K and lactase

Lactobacillus casei

  • Alleviates gastrointestinal pathogenic bacterial diseases
  • Prevents antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile (Cdif) infections
  • Reduces inflammatory response and suppresses harmful bacterial growth

Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus

  • Breaks down lactose into simple sugar to help those who are lactose intolerant. Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Produces lactic acid
  • Prevents and reduces various types of diarrhea
  • Reduces the risk of respiratory tract infections in children
  • Helps prevent atopic dermatitis and eczema
  • Protects the Urogenital tract and soothes irritable bowel syndrome
  • Counters alcohol-related intestinal permeability
  • Increases weight loss in women

Streptococcus thermophilus

  • Breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk which lactose-intolerant individuals find difficult to digest
  • Reduces risk of AAD (antibiotic-associated diarrhea).

So now you know-drinking probiotic drinks from Drink La Vie is a great choice!

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