Where Should We Get Our Probiotics From?

  It can be difficult to eat healthily every day, especially with our busy schedules taking time away from preparing nutrient-rich meals. So with that in mind, where should we get our probiotics from when we’re lacking in them?

As a refresher, probiotics are live bacteria that are found in foods, which help your gut’s flora in keeping a good balance of bacteria. Probiotics are useful after taking antibiotics as they increase the number of good bacteria in your body, whilst also improving digestion. Probiotics are also known to be useful in treating illnesses and afflictions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Diarrhoea, and ulcers, along with helping your mental and overall physical health.

So, probiotics – Should you be getting them from fermented foods or supplements? Obviously it varies from person to person, and there’s no official recommended daily intake for probiotics, therefore it comes down to your own needs – are you having gut issues lately? You might be experiencing an imbalance in your gut bacteria, and need to increase your intake of probiotics.

What kind of foods are good sources of probiotics? Some fermented foods are the go-to when it comes to probiotics, such as:

  • Yoghurt (products with active or live cultures).
  • Kombucha
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Cheeses like mozzarella, cottage, and cheddar
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Sourdough bread

Probiotic fibre can also be found in leafy greens and other vegetables like onion, garlic, asparagus, legumes, and beetroot. It’s important to eat a variety of foods to ensure you’re not just getting the probiotics from one source and to have a balanced diet.

As for supplements, again, it varies from person to person. They should be taken in conjunction with a good diet, and not in the place of one. The main benefits to taking supplements are a controlled intake of probiotics and a consistent source in which you don’t have to worry if you’re not getting enough good bacteria in your diet.

Supplements like Gutsii’s protein shakes are packed with probiotics and are suitable for people with autoimmune diseases like IBS and Crohn’s, and as an added bonus, they taste amazing, too.

Whichever way you get your probiotics is a matter of personal choice and need, and what really matters is that you’re listening to your body in order to stay healthy through nutritional intake and supplements.

And as always, consult your doctor or nutritionist before undertaking any dietary changes.