3 Gut-Friendly Holiday Drinks!
The Christmas season is a time for celebration and relaxation. It’s also the time that you often find yourself in various get-togethers enjoying the company of family and friends over food, drinks, and entertainment.
While Christmas is a season to be merry, food and drinks this season can be a temptation that brings harm to your gut health (as well as your weight, energy, sleep, immune system, inflammation, etc).
So today, I created a list of drinks that can do more good than harm to the millions of bacteria that are working really hard to keep you healthy and allow you to enjoy your life.
Too much alcohol irritates the stomach and disrupts your gut bacteria (as well as your liver/hormones). So this list is made up of drinks that have no or very little alcohol.
Kombucha is a fermented tea drink with trace amounts of alcohol and caffeine. At first, it is just a sugary tea that is fermented from a SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.
This fizzy, sour but slightly sweet drink is full of probiotics that support your gut health.
Kombucha has various flavors, too, so you get to try what best suits your taste. Dr. Brew Kombucha is a great low sugar kombucha option. I love their Ginger Lemon and Superberry flavors!
Rooibos Iced Tea
Rooibos tea is an herbal tea that originated from South Africa. South Africans have been using rooibos for centuries because of its health benefits such as promoting better sleep.
Interestingly, rooibos tea has 50% more antioxidants than green tea! And it’s gut-friendly. It contains antispasmodic agents that help the digestive tract.
You can garnish with berries or add lemon. I love how this homemade rooibos iced tea was done.
Pomegranate juice is not only rich in vitamin C but is also very helpful to the gut.
It has properties that relieve inflammation in the gut, so it helps improve digestion and absorb nutrients.
Pomegranate juice is refreshing in itself, but you can spice it up with cloves or cinnamon stick. To keep the sugar down, considering adding a splash of pomegranate juice to mineral water and then add the clove or cinnamon stick to give it that festive quality.
These drinks will surely bring great taste to your gatherings and health to your gut, so you don’t need to sacrifice health over a fun holiday–because you can have both!
Here’s a bonus healthy egg nog recipe you can also enjoy!
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