PHOENIX - It's crafted with just six organic ingredients: cabbage, water, cucumber, sea salt, dill and garlic. The Farmhouse Culture's Garlic Dill Pickle Gut Shot makers boast their powerful probiotics have healing powers.
Registered dietitian Amy McCallister's initial take on the health craze -- skepticism.
"My first reaction was, 'oh no, pickle juice,'" McCallister said. "It's going to be high in salt. What is this?"
But research changed her mind.
"It's not a bad product," McCallister said. "It's a probiotic."
With 110 billion CFU's of lactic acid bacteria in every bottle, what does that mean for you?
"We do have to put that balance back in our gut with the probiotics and that good bacteria and this is just a good replacer for that," she said.
McCallister says the gut shot can help you absorb nutrients and digest food when the good bacteria in your stomach becomes unbalanced.
"It's not something you want to take forever," she said. "So it's a good thing you want to take maybe for a month if you want to boost your immune system and boost your gut."
So we can verify that the gut shot can not only improve your digestive health, but also your immune system.
"Some people have great results and they say my constipation is better I'm less bloated," she said. "But then there's some people where it's like, no it didn't really work for me."
McCallister's best advice is to test it out for yourself.
At about six bucks per bottle, this gut shot can also be less expensive than some competitor drinks claiming similar benefits.
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