This summer, while driving in an over-heated car to a 4th of July party, I stopped by our local WholeFoods looking for a refreshing drink.
I came across this KeVita drink and it looked really refreshing plus it contains probiotics, so I decided to give it a try.
I didn’t yet realize that it was a sparkling beverage, so while behind the wheel, I started to shake the bottle hard to get the probiotics back into suspension. As I later read on the label, you’re supposed to shake it only gently (since it is carbonated).
Kevita is a non-dairy probiotic sparkling beverage formulated by KeVita founders Chakra Levy and Bill Moses. KeVita starts out with live probiotic cultures that are fermented and then blended with coconut water, tea or fruit and sweetened with Stevia extract (2 out of the 8 flavors are sweetened with cane sugar).
Kevita is organic and the company uses locally produced ingredients (from California) as much as possible.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the intestinal tract and have a positive effect on our health by supporting digestion and immune function.
As we all know, stress can have a negative impact on our digestive flora. In addition, our digestive health is further diminished by a poor diet, medications, toxins and chemicals.
Studies have shown that our health can be improved with a constant influx of probiotics to replenish the gut and counteract these negative effects.
What are these probiotics in KeVita (4 billion CFU’s at the time of manufacturing)?
- Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086
- L. paracasei
- L. plantarum
- L. rhamnosus
Numerous studies on these bacteria have shown that these probiotics have a positive effect on the host immune response modulation, reduce the negative impact of ‘bad’ bacteria such as Salmonella and have a positive impact on digestion and even our skin.
I can say that KeVita has a positive effect on the digestive system. I have tried different flavors and they all taste great and make you feel better, feel more energized and can reduce bloating and pain in the abdomen. From my experience, these positive effects lasted for about 6-7 days, so you’ll have to drink KeVita at least once a week to prolong the positive health effects.
Remus, D.M. et al (2012) The impact of Lactobacillus plantarum sortase on target-protein sorting, gastrointestinal persistence, and host immune response modulation. J. Bacteriol. Published ahead of print 21 November 2012, doi: 10.1128/JB.01321-12
Dolin, B.J. (2009) Effects of a proprietary Bacillus coagulans preparation on symptoms of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. Methods Find Exp. Clin. Pharmacol.10: 655-9.
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