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What's the Difference Between Probiotic Kombucha and Coconut Kefir?

Posted on February 27, 2017

Probiotic Coconut Kefir

Let’s talk again about the differences between Kombucha and Drink La Vie's Coconut Kefir. Here are 4 more things to think about.

1. There is no caffeine in Coconut Kefir. Kombucha made from black or green teas contains caffeine. Yeast and bacteria fermentation do nothing to alter the caffeine content of the fermented tea.

2. Kombucha sometimes gives an alcohol high because the yeast in Kombucha fermentation is converting sugar into alcohol. We do not add yeast to our Coconut Kefir so as it ferments it becomes vinegar-like with a negligible alcohol content - any alcohol would be digested by the bacteria, along with the naturally occurring sugars, and turned to lactic acid. 

3. Kombucha makers often inject their product with CO2 which gives carbonation but also may kill the live bacteria. Drink La Vie never uses CO2 and any effervescence is due to the natural bacterial fermentation process.

4. Coconut Kefir does not give you a buzz so it is fine for a variety of sensitive people and can be a part of your everyday health regime.

For more, read this past La Vie Blog post: http://www.drinklavie.com/blogs/blog/116086211-drink-la-vie-vs-kombucha

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5 Reasons Probiotic Drinks Are Better Than Supplements

Posted on February 27, 2017

Probiotic Drinks and Food vs. Capsules and Powder

I am often asked what the difference is between probiotic drinks and foods, and probiotic capsules and powders. There are many differences and they include the following:

1. Probiotic drinks and foods are live and the bacteria is active. This means when it gets to your intestines it goes right to work. Pill and powder probiotics supplements take up to 6 hours to colonize in your intestines (if they even make it there).

2. Lactofermentation, such as the process used by Drink La Vie, creates lactic acid as a by-product of fermentation which means the bacterial culture is already living in an acidic environment. When it gets to the acidic environment of your stomach, it can pass through unscathed. Most probiotic supplements cannot survive the stomach acids.

3. With lactofermentation, the fermented foods retain their vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids (since there is no heating involved). In fact, the bacteria makes the nutrients more available to your body so you get even more out of the fermented foods than if you simply ate them.

4. Bacteria need prebiotics to thrive. Prebiotics are plant fiber and are not included in probiotic capsules but are found in probiotic foods and drinks. Research has shown that to increase the levels of bacteria in your gut you need to have prebiotics as well as probiotics.

5. Drink La Vie uses 6 strains of bacteria to make our fermented drinks: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Most supplements have only one or two strains of bacteria.

Probiotic drinks create a synergistic effect among the various ingredients. That means the various substances have a combined effect that is greater than the sum of their separate benefits. This synergy can only happen when your probiotics are alive in food or drink. Think about it for your overall health and Drink La Vie!


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La Vie Super Pops are a super healthy treat for kids and parents!

Posted on July 20, 2016

The La Vie kitchen is always buzzing with new ideas, new products, and new recipes. Some of these new ideas make the cut and others we continue to refine, but the goal remains the same--to make a product that is both tasty and healthy that our customers will love.

Sometimes our ideas are born from customer suggestions and other times they are inspired by our personal journey to health. Many of us at La Vie are parents, and a big challenge we deal with on a daily basis is, how to incorporate truly healthy and beneficial foods and drinks into our children's diets?

Over the course of the year our chefs have been busy creating a few new recipes and we figured summer would be the perfect time to give our creamy Super Pops popsicles a try. But we wondered, how would kids react to a dairy-free, healthy popsicle made with:


  • Probiotics: supports healthy digestion and boosts the immune system
  • Raw coconut: a healthy fat that also supports brain function
  • Sprouted almonds: high in calcium, fiber, protein, and iron
  • Nut butter (almond/hazelnut): also a healthy fat
  • Raw honey: supports the immune system and brain function
  • Organic seasonal fruits: delicious and nutritious
  • Sweetened without refined sugars


We decided it was time to find out. So we built a cute little homemade popsicle stand and headed off to our local Santa Cruz Famers Market to see what would happen, and the results took us by surprise. We sold out our very first day! Overwhelmingly, the kids loved them.

This was great news, our Super Pops we're a hit! We're busy making a few more popsicle stands and you'll soon see us at your local farmers market too. We hope you come over and try our new flavors, we think you'll really like them!

Dairy, gluten, and soy-free. No refined sugars or preservatives. Contain nuts.

La Vie Super Pops

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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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