Today’s Popular Health Drinks–Simplified, Comprehensive List


Guest Post by Bireta Bites

This weeks blog is written by a colleague and close friend of mine, Shalie Bireta. Here are a few words about her…
My name is Shalie Kae Bireta, certified Nutrition and Wellness consultant and the blogger behind Bireta Bites – the real, raw, unedited – all things health and  wellness blog.
 Before my blogging days began, I became the amateur chef and author of the ebook Bireta Bites – food fueling fitness. I grew up learning about the benefits of a natural, organic, and alternative and holistic medicine from my mother, who was a health teacher. I have come to nurture and value this lifestyle, finding myself fascinated by all aspects of health and wellness, but especially nutrition. I like to know exactly where food comes from and what it consists of, which has lead me to find deep satisfaction in the art of cooking.
Ultimately, my goal and personal purpose is to hone healthy habits and build you up to be the happiest, healthiest, BEST version of yourself.  I look forward to helping you discover that healthy shouldn’t have to be hard.
Her guest blog post today is all about the health drinks you see filling your local grocery store. This is a simplified, comprehensive guide you can use to learn all about them. Lets dive in!
I remember the  first time I took a moment to actually stop and see what all of the  DRINKS??? were that had taken over Meijer produce department. Kombucha.. what in the world is that? A long list of names I had never heard of, much less could pronounce… and $2-$4 for one freakin’ drink ?! No way will I ever spend that,  I recognized the name Naked Juice, but had a negative connotation to the product because of the controversies undergoing the high sugar content.

I’m certain a few of you are thinking been there, DONE THAT. 

Fast forward a few years… I am fascinated by the health benefits we can obtain from all of the strange drinks that have over taken health food stores,  Instagram, Facebook, ads and magazines. I frequent Trader Joes, Harvest Health, and websites of several specific brands for the sole purpose of supporting their products.  In a perfect Shalie world,  everyone would read brand mission statements and research on herbs, gut health, and our  immune systems …. but I know realistically, many of you have neither the time or interest to do so. That’s where I come in.  

I’ve taken the initiative to do some digging and provide you with all the dirty deeds. Today, I’m here to break down some of the most popular health  drinks super simple. What are they? And why are they so good for you and me? 



What is it?

Kombucha is nothing new, considering its 2,000 year history , It’s is a fermented drink made from live bacteria called “scoby”, yeast mixed with tea and sugar. The amount of sugar depends on the brand, some are sweeter than others.

Health Benefits: 

→ probiotic source

→ improved digestion 

→ immune function

Gut Shot gut shots

What is it?

An organic probiotic packed shot for optimal gut health. 

Health Benefits:

→ improved digestion

→ immune function

Mamma Chia 


What is it?

Mamma Chia mixes organic chia seeds and organic fruit juices to provide a drink full of healthy omega-3s, dietary fibers,  complete protein, calcium, magnesium and more.  

Health Benefits: 

→ full day of Omega-3s

→ 25% of your dietary fiber

 → 4 grams of complete protein

Kevita Cleansing Sparkling Probiotic Tonic

probioticWhat is it?

Fermented with apple cider vinegar and a kefir culture, these sweet-tart carbonated probiotic drinks are loved for being low sugar ( real fruit juice and stevia leaf extract – 4g per serving) and only 25 cals.    

Health Benefits: 

→ probiotic source

Erogenous Ketones ketones

What is it?

Ketone supplements provide the body with extra ketones to use when the body is not in a state  ketosis. What is ketosis? Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when your body doesn’t have enough  carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy so it is forced to burn fat instead. Ketone supplements help one to get into a state of ketosis at any time and are often used to help one transition into a state of ketosis or enter a time of fasting.  They can be taken in between meals to provide a quick punch of ketones or before a workout for additional energy.

Health Benefits: 

 → weight loss  and reduced hunger

→  improved cognitive performance

→ aide body in regulating blood glucose

→ increasing mental focus

→ reducing risk for disease (heart disease)

→ can help reduce inflammation

Spark spark



What is it?

Spark is conveniently offered in stick grab and go packs or canisters that serve as  a healthy and balanced source of energy.* Spark contains an effective amount of caffeine to give you a quick boost, B vitamins to enhance your body’s natural ability to produce and sustain its own energy WITHOUT JITTERS, and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness. It is available in 10 different flavors:  cherry, limeaid, blue raspberry, green apple, mandrain orange, mango starwberry, pink lemonade, watermelon.

Health Benefits: 

→ sugar free
→ 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Pre-workoutpre workout

What is it?

Pre-workout supplements are designed to support increased energy, focus, and endurance  and are mixed into water to be consumed “pre-workout” approx. a half hour, as the name suggests. Contents depend on the brand but often contain Vitamin B, C and amino acids such as beta-alanine, creatine, and caffeine. They also assist your muscles to withstand fatigue and increase strength. Research has found that

 consuming caffeine together with exercising burned 60 calories more compared to exercising alone, due to having the energy to exercise a little longer and harder.

Health Benefits: 

→ Builds More Muscle – BCAA is a primary component for muscle gains particularly Leucine. Leucine increases the rate of MPS (Muscle Protein Synthesis) which in turn enables mTOR for more muscle production.

→ Fat Loss – Pre-workout containing caffeine helps in burning fat at a greater rate during a workout.

 → Power, Energy and Focus – Creatine along with caffeine  is responsible for that long lasting power. Focus is also usually increased  from B-Vitamins and caffeine.


                collagen​                        collagen

What is it?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails.  Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility. However, as we age, the production of collagen levels in our body decreases. The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints.

Health Benefits: 

→ supports skin firmness and elasticity

→ promotes healthy skin cell function

→ helps support natural collagen and elastin fiber production

→ promote younger looking skin;

→ improve skin moisture level;

→ prevent the formation of deep wrinkles

→ improve skin suppleness.

→ replenish moisture levels in hair

→ support nail growth

→ support healthy gut

ACV Detox

ACVWhat is it?

 Apple cider vinegar has been used for detoxification for  thousands of years. Some claim the father of medicine, Hippocrates, promoted ACV’s health qualities as far back as 400 B.C. Bragg apple cider vinegar has been making known the health advantages since 1912.

Health Benefits: 

→ adding ACV to daily routine may help with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol

→ good dose of enzymes

→ potassium source

→ supports a healthy immune system

→ may aide in weight control

→ balances  pH of body

→ aides in regulating digestion

→ good gut bacteria

→ internal detox

→ skin support

→ helps with acne when used externally

How to make: 

  1.  1  – 2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar 
  2. 8 ounces of purified or distilled water
  3. 1 to 2 tablespoons sweetener (organic honey, maple syrup, or 4 drops of Stevia)

Other options:  add lemon juice or  dash of cayenne pepper.

With an apple cider vinegar detox, you consume this type of drink regularly for a set period of time — several days to a month or more. Many people choose to consume it three times each day: upon waking, mid-morning, and again mid-afternoon.

Bulletproof Beverages

What is it?

Bulletproof Coffee – It’s a high-performance drink/ Breakfast beverage that has a massive impact on your energy and cognitive function but you can make just about any hot beverage into a creamy, frothy version of itself by adding butter and Brain Octane to your hot liquid in a blender. ex: hot chocolate, tea, and turmeric tea are just a few options. Brain Octane Oil (which converts to ketones) balances ghrelin and CCK, your hunger hormones, keeping you full until lunch. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash.

 The difference between the brand Bulletproof Coffee and other coffee?  Moldy coffee beans! They are the cause of  brain fog and jitters. Bulletproof beans undergo a stringent quality control process, so they don’t contain the mold toxins and pesticides that can tank your energy and focus.

Health Benefits: 

→ protect against disease 

→ decrease inflammation

→ decreased hunger

→  lasting energy

→ mental clarity

→ balanced blood sugar

→ decreased stress hormones

→ source of healthy fat

→ essential nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, and manganese

→ tested for mycotoxins and mold

→ antioxidants, which reduce your risk of chronic degenerative diseases

→ bioflavonoids (make you smarter by intensifying neuronal firing in the brain)

→ increased metabolism

→ hormone balance and brain health

→ grass-fed butter also contains omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, CLA (a fatty acid with powerful fat-loss benefits), and antioxidants

How to make:

  1. Brew or buy hot coffee.
  2. Using a blender (not a spoon), blend in two tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter, as well as 1 tsp-2 tbsp of Brain Octane or XCT Oil. Start slow with the oil and build your way up to avoid disaster pants.
  3. Enjoy.

Mushroom Coffee mushroom coffee                                                                                                                   

What is it?

Mushroom Coffee was pioneered by the brand Four Sigmatic, after the founder discovered in Finland that chaga mushrooms have a similar gritty taste to coffee. IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE MUSHROOMS! He created drinks to use functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives.

Health Benefits: 

→ gut friendly

Reishi :

→ promotes healthy blood sugar levels

→ reduces risk for infections and viruses

→ fights allergies and asthma 

→ helps balance hormones and fight diabetes

→ promotes heart health and balances blood pressure

→ improves liver function and detoxification

→ helps defend against tumor growth and cancer 

Chaga :

→ reduces oxidative stress

→ suppresses cancer progression

→ helps protect the immune system

→ reduces inflammation

→ can improve diabetic health

→ increases physical endurance

→ protects against dangerous blood clots

→ promotes cognitive function

→ balances the immune system between th1 and th2

→ relieves pain

→ may help relieve inflammatory bowel disease

→ fights bacteria

Cordyceps :

→ immune boosting superfood ! 

→ high antioxidants 

→ aides energy production

→ supports cardiovascular health

→ supports intestinal and liver health

→ enhances libido 

→ anti tumor activity in various cancers

→ fights fatigue and improves exercise performance

Lion’s Mane :

 → antibiotic

→ anticancer

 → neuroprotective

 → fat- and glucose-lowering effects

→ protects against stomach ulcers

→ improves anxiety

→ cognitive function 

→ can help depression

→ anti-fatigue properties

 → anti-aging properties

Golden Milk

golden milk

What is it?

Golden milk is a plant based mix that receives its color from one main ingredient, turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, the polyphenol identified as its primary active component. There are approx.  600 potential health benefits of turmeric, some of which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Health Benefits: 

→ anti-inflammatory

→ anti-oxidant

→ antiseptic

→ analgesic

→ boosts immunity

→ anti-carcinogenic.

→ helps maintain cholesterol levels.

→ promotes  digestive health

→ liver detoxifier

→ regulates metabolism and weight management

→ helps manage high blood pressure

→ assists memory and brain function

→ can improve various skin conditions.

How to make: 

Step 1: Tumeric Paste

•   1/4 cup of turmeric powder
•   1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
•   1/2 cup of filtered water
Mix all ingredients in a small a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. This does not take long so don’t walk away from the pan.
Let this mixture cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge.

Step 2: Golden Milk

 •   1 cup of almond milk (hemp or coconut are also good options)
•   1 teaspoon coconut oil
•   1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste
•   Honey

Combine all the ingredients, except honey in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium. While heating make sure to stir constantly and do not allow the mixture to boil. Add honey to taste.

Matcha matcha

What is it?

Matcha is powdered green tea. Unlike  traditional green tea, components from the leaves ground up into a fine bright green powder rather than steeped into tea and then disregarded.

1  matcha =10 cups of green tea 

Matcha  137 times > ntioxidants

Coffee = Matcha ( caffeine content)

Health Benefits: 

Due to ingesting the whole leaf and the higher quality of matcha, it has a higher content of nutrients in comparison to steeped green tea.  Matcha not only provides  vitamins and minerals, but also antioxidants called polyphenols, which research links aides in protecting against heart disease and cancer, blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. The other polyphenol in matcha called EGCG is also known to boost metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.

How to make: 

using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl

  1. Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using a small sifter.
  2. Add 2oz hot water. For best results use water just under a boil.
  3. Whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.
  4. Pour into mug and enjoy!



 What is it?

REBBL is made from real foods and ingredients you can pronounce that come from the earth. What you taste is what you get – the whole ingredients and herbs – that’s it. The company believes that the human body performs best when it is nourished with the foods that it co-evolved with, and that the best guidance we have for how to proactively shape our own diet is to learn primarily from those who came before us. It is: Organic – Fair Trade – Real ingredients and Herbs, Coconut milk based elixir utilizing adaptogens like turmeric and ashwaganden as super herbs. It is not:  gums, natural flavors, or thickeners,

They are a mission based company. Rebebl donates 2.5% of the net sales of every bottle sold to Not For Sale to rehabilitate those who’ve already been affected by human sex trafficking. 

Health Benefits: 

→ Adaptogens! ( What’s an adaptogen? herbs of natural medicine that aide in bringing the body back into balance, known to have positive effects to the nervous system i.e.  calm adrenals and decrease stress hormones which often leases to premature aging and a starting point of many diseases) See examples below.


Cognitive function and protection

Healthy inflammation response

Rapid physical recovery


Healthy immune function (high in beta-glucans)

Liver protection and detoxification

Cardiovascular health

Healthy aging


Alert, calm energy (35mg l-theanine per serving)

Healthy memory and cognition

Detoxification (from chlorophyll)


Healthy energy levels

Stamina and endurance

Healthy hormone balance

Healthy and balanced adrenal function


Sustained physical endurance

Improved cognitive function

Quick recovery

Enhanced relaxation

There you have it, all the popular drinks on the market in one place! I hope this helps you decipher what these are, who they help and whats in them!


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Haley Rowe February 22, 2018