A healthy gut is home to millions upon millions of good bacteria of tens of thousands of different types of organisms. These are maintaining a balance that can make the difference between health and very serious illness. Keeping a healthy probiotic balance can be much more important than you think. Sure, maybe most of you already know taking probiotics (the “good” bacteria) can maintain healthy digestion, but did you know recent studies suggest even more positives, like an immune system boost and mental health support? If you’re feeling a little rundown and you’re not sure why, then maybe probiotics could help.
Non-Dairy Probiotic Sources
But how can you get those probiotics on a non-dairy diet? It’s easier than you think. If you’re planning on getting your probiotics from food sources, there are some options out there that aren’t exactly non-dairy-friendly. For example, dairy-based yogurt is no longer an option; however, you can always make or buy your own live-cultured non-dairy yogurt. Coconut milk yogurt is becoming more common in the grocery stores today, and are a much better option (health-wise) than soy-based yogurts.
Many probiotic capsules are now available dairy-free but it may be best to balance your gut through FOOD.
Here are some foods that you can try right now that are also high in naturally-occurring probiotics:
A well-known choice is certainly the traditional pickle, but any vegetable that’s been pickled or fermented with bacterial cultures (in addition to salt and spices) can be a great probiotic source. Kimchi, for example, is an excellent probiotic choice for this reason. Always keep in mind, though, pickled and fermented vegetables can contain high levels of sodium. Also, it is best if your sauerkraut and pickled vegetables are NOT pasteurized (raw).
Fermented from black tea, kombucha also has sugar, yeast, and—you guessed it—probiotics. It’s a popular item in stores right now, but always be sure you’re looking for a product that’s been tested; this helps rule out the presence of “bad” bacteria.
Fermented Soy Products
Most of you have probably heard of fermented soy products like miso and tempeh. And as many sources of B-12 are in non-plant based foods, many vegans might find it difficult to get enough of the vitamin. Tempeh, an excellent substitute for tofu, is also a reliable source of B12.
Dr. Conners graduated with his doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1986 and has been studying alternative cancer care for over 20 years. He holds AMA Fellowships in Regenerative & Functional Medicine and Integrative Cancer Therapy.
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