Today, the average American drinks about 18 gallons of cow’s milk in a year. In the 1970s, the number was much higher – about 30 gallons were consumed annually. The US Department of Agriculture notes this decline in consumption because of one major health concern – many dairy products are taken from animals that are fed with antibiotics. 

Traces of these chemicals are often found in meat cuts and probably anything else that lands on your table; thus, health officials warn against consuming too many, as “superbugs” or antibiotic-resistant bacteria may develop in the body. 

But is milk worth throwing away? Although given the circumstances, milk is still considered a global staple option; and rightfully so as it has always been a rich source of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and most importantly, a probiotic. 

Probiotic Consumption: Essential to Having Healthy Guts 

Improper digestion of food is one of the considered root causes of poor health. Harmful bacteria found in the gut can become pathogenic, turning into strains that contain E. coli which, in turn, cause more infections. Since probiotics are best at balancing the bacteria in the digestive system, introducing them to your system healthily is the best option for you. 

Probiotics work well for most people, paving the way for a variety of health benefits both mental and physical. There are certain probiotic strains that can provide cardiovascular help and can boost the body’s immune system. Maintaining a probiotic rich diet can even help you lose weight. 

Other than cow’s milk, probiotics can be found in other dairy products and supplements. If you wish to stick to milk however, there are easy alternatives you can turn to in cases when you can’t settle for processed products. 

Choosing and Trying Milk Alternatives 

Foregoing cow’s milk is still a far-fetched idea in the context of global consumption, but the possible consequences are too considerable to overlook. Trade a glass for a healthier alternative, one that you can make with organic ingredients right at home. Here are 5 DIY milk recipes you should consider: (Note that for each recipe, you will need a nut milk bag and a high-speed blender). 

  1. Simply soaked

You will need: 

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of rinsed almonds, cashews, or other nuts
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Soaking almonds to make almond milk

Leave the nuts of your choice to soak in water overnight inside a large, closed glass jar. Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors which prevent them from sprouting into trees. Once released, these inhibitors will create a beverage rich with active probiotics alongside other bioavailable nutrients. 

  1. Ultra-Pure

You will need: 

  • 4 cups of steam distilled water or filtered water
  • 2 cups of water-soaked almonds, cashews, or other nuts

You will need the cleanest water possible to create a completely neutral environment for farming helpful probiotics. You can use charcoal-filled water or wild spring water bottled in glass if you don’t have a home distillation system. 

  1. Sweet as Honey

You will need: 

  • 4 cups of steam distilled water or filtered water
  • 2 cups of 2 cups of water-soaked almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 tbsp. of local, raw organic honey

Local raw honey contains simple sugars that feed helpful probiotics, which promote proliferation. Honey is also a great immunity booster, as it introduces naturally-occurring antibacterial effects to the body. 

  1. Sugar and Spice

You will need: 

  • 4 cups of steam distilled water or filtered water
  • 2 cups of 2 cups of water-soaked almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 tbsp. of local, raw organic honey
  • 1 tbsp. of raw organic sugar (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized cinnamon stick

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There’s no room for guilt if you choose to add extra organic sweeteners! It’s better to craft your own sweeteners than to choose store-brought dairy products that contain artificial flavors. Since cinnamon also contains metabolism-boosting compounds, you won’t have to worry about unwanted weight gain. 

  1. Nutrient-Boosted

You will need: 

  • 4 cups of steam distilled water or filtered water
  • 2 cups of 2 cups of water-soaked almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 tbsp. of local, raw organic honey
  • 1 tbsp. of probiotic powder supplement (2 capsuled opened and added to the mix)

Choosing a supplement can feel daunting, but the general rule applies – the more comprehensive the formula, the better. 

Directions: 

Prepare the blender, then add the soaked nuts, honey, water, and the optional sugar. Keep blending until the milk produces a creamy texture. Pour the mixture into the nut milk bag, then squeeze the liquid into a mixing bowl. Gently mix in the supplement with a spoon after. 

Make sure to store the milk base in a cool, dark place overnight. This will give the probiotic time to feed off the honey and sugar. You can drink the milk straight, or add it to smoothies or drinks for extra nutritional consumption! Homemade salad dressings or other raw dipping sauces can also make use of the extra probiotic content. 

Ease into these recipes so you can continue consuming probiotics without the fear of contracting digestive infections. They won’t take too much time for you to prepare, and once you get used to it, it’ll be a lot easier to experiment. To your better health! 

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