You probably heard a lot that probiotics and yogurt are strongly related, I’m giving you 8 more foods with probiotics in case you don’t like yogurt or you will like to increment its intake.
What are probiotics?
What are probiotics? Are they good for you and your health? Let’s see first a little bit more about them. You can read a more detailed document at WebMD.
According to WebMD website:
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.
There is no more simple way to explain it. Although you may be thinking that bacteria is bad for your health, in this case, I have to clarify that our body holds all kind of bacteria, bad and good, this kind of bacteria, probiotics, are good and help your body to process the food you eat.
This kind helps you keep your digestive system in good health, that is why it is important to eat foods with probiotics to strength our gut. These are naturally found in your body and you can improve your quota with some foods or supplements. I am going to tell you here where to get them.
How do they work?
Just one more line, a short one: when your body loses good bacteria because of an antibiotic, an illness or diarrhea, probiotics will help you to recover those bacteria.
There are two types of probiotics:
Lactobacillus. This may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.
Bifidobacterium. You can also find it in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions.
Foods with Probiotics
Because of this fame of being good for you, now you can find them in all kinds of food, or supplements like I said before, and Yogurt, being the most famous of all this food, is not the only one.
As you know, it can help you with
|Part of the body||Benefit|
|Digestive system||Irritable bowel syndrome|
|Digestive system||Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)|
|Digestive system||Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses/bacteria or parasites)|
|Digestive system||Antibiotic-related diarrhea|
|Skin||Skin conditions like eczema|
|Excretory system||Urinary and vaginal health|
|Immunologic system||Preventing allergies and colds|
|Digestive system||Oral health|
These are not exactly foods with probiotics but they deserve a special mention. Supplements are regulated by FDA like food, not medication. It will be better you ask your doctor for more information on correct dose according to your body and health status.
Generally, they are safe for most people. If you have secondary effects, stop using them and in a couple of days, you should feel good again. Ask a professional, this is not professional advice, just some research I made that I like to share.
Here is one recommendation I took from Amazon:
Please, read all recommendation on Amazon website by clicking here: DNA Shift® ADVANCED NATURAL, but they claim you can take 1 cap daily before a meal with purified water.
You will notice some immediate benefits:
- Ease symptoms of IBS: gas, bloating, constipation, indigestion, irregularity, diarrhea, leaky gut
- Aid nutrient absorption for brain and general health, may lift mood and energy levels to alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and aid with stress relief
- Improve metabolism to maintain healthy cholesterol and sugar levels, healthy weight management and boost immunity
- Aid with antibiotic induced diarrhea, balance yeast growth/candida
- Help with allergies, tolerance to lactose
Another best-seller brand in Amazon you may want to try can be found by clicking the next picture:
By this time, you probably know yogurt, miso, kefir, etc., are pledge with probiotics, but chocolate is definitely a pretty good surprise for me, maybe for you too 🙂 It is one of our foods with probiotics that will help you with your health, give you more energy and of course, improve your sports performance, which after all, is this website recommendation.
Not all chocolate’s brand are equal or has beneficial probiotics. Most of beneficial features of chocolate came from dark chocolate (black). But Healthy Delights Probiotic Chocolate Bites is one of the best ones to have. Specially because is designed to eat it in bites:
It has the same kind of probiotics you can find in yogurt so it can be a very good alternative.
This is a beverage, like coffee, that as we know, can help you to lower your risk of a complicated disease like heart attacks, diabetes, and some cancers. You can buy a patented brand that contains all the probiotics you need.
Almonds is a pretty popular choice. Almonds are about to be a super food. They have lots of nutrients and fatty acids that help you with your health. You also can find in Amazon an organic version fortified with probiotics. These are the basic ones but you can “surf” in Amazon to find other versions like cheesy ones.
Food for kids
There is a cereal that also can help you with probiotics, but it is specially designed for kids. It is the Culturelle Probiotics for Kids.
This product contains 100% naturally sourced Lactobacillus GG – the #1 most clinically studied probiotic in kids, it supports a child’s health by fostering the proper balance of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, it helps support kids’ natural immune systems and reduce occasional digestive upset in kids – including diarrhea or general discomfort.
It is easy to take (especially for little ones), flavorless, so you can add your child’s probiotics to any cool liquid or food.
It doesn’t contain any of the following: gluten, dairy, lactose, milk, added colors, preservatives, yeast or soy.
Salad dressings is another of our foods with probiotics. You can look for it in your local supermarket. Ask for some brands that are also fortified. They are pretty easy to find because they are made with balsamic vinaigrette or they can come in different flavors.
Also, salad dressings made from yogurt is a pretty good option.
Herbal tea can help you with digestive problems. The more common that help you and contain probiotics are those with some properties to clean your colon. Tea with lemon and Canela are the best ones to use.
With normal tea, you can use an artificial sweetener like Nevella. It is a good combination to treat your gut and digestive system.
Not all snack bars are good. Look for those with fruits or almonds. Also if they are made from vegetables or seeds. Truth Bar is an example of snack bar you can choose.
With those options, you have no excuse to say you can’t take probiotics because you don’t like yogurt. Try these foods with probiotics and let us know if they improved your health.