There are dozens of over-the-counter probiotics available for you to choose from, but what if you don’t want to depend on probiotic products alone?
A good idea is to supplement with foods rich in probiotics, specifically popular is yogurt and other dairy products.
Probiotics vs. Yogurt
How many Probiotics are in Yogurt?
Many yogurts of the highest quality will be packed with only about 4 kinds of beneficial bacteria/probiotics. We’re sorry to say, but that’s far from the 15 different kinds of bacteria that our gut and body need. The main problem with yogurt is that it doesn’t have the therapeutic CFU, which stands for colony-forming units. Yogurt contains only 1 billion CFU, which is a lot less than the recommended 15 to 50 billion, which can be found in probiotic supplements.
How much Yogurt should you eat for Probiotics?
While yogurt is delicious, healthy and packed with probiotics, it’s quite difficult to eat enough of it to fulfill your daily probiotic needs. Sooner or later you’d even get sick of yogurt or start to experience the side effects like gas and bloating. Instead, we recommend that you pair the yogurt with other high probiotic foods, as well as a probiotic supplement.
Best Yogurt for Probiotics
There are many different kinds of yogurts on the market, however, there’s a common problem and a key drawback with many… The amount of added sugar.
Many research studies have concluded that the beneficial probiotics found in yogurt are not as healthy as we’d expect them to be, mainly because all these yogurts are filled with sugar.
And sugar, as we all know, feeds the bad bacteria in your gut, which in turn eliminates all the good bacteria in your gut, that we’re all trying to boost up.
We truly advise against consuming massive amounts of yogurt to reach your daily probiotic requirements, but to answer your question…
The best yogurt for probiotics is the Greek-style yogurt Chiobani, as it contains more Lactobacillus acidophilus (kind of beneficial bacteria) than any other yogurt on the market.
Foods high in Probiotics
Kefir, a fermented milk product has over 30 types of different kinds of probiotic yeast and is vastly more effective than the regular yogurt. Not to mention that it’s also packed with calcium and potassium.
Buttermilk comes second on the list of best foods high in probiotics. Other than it being a high source of probiotics, buttermilk is also packed with protein, healthy enzymes and vitamins and is high in water content, which is great to keep your body hydrated.
Probiotic Food vs. Supplements
From our findings and research, you’d have to consume massive amounts of sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and buttermilk in order to reach your recommended daily intake for probiotics and other healthy bacteria.
This fact shines a bright light on all the probiotic supplements, not only because of how many good kinds of bacteria are packed together in a single dose but also because of how easy and efficient it is to consume.
It’s also very important to mention the delivery system of a probiotic capsule or supplement, compared to that of consuming sauerkraut or other probiotic-rich foods.
You see the bacteria you consume needs to be paired with other enzymes and beneficial bacteria in order for your body to be able to consume it.
Without it, you can’t be sure that your body will be able to use all the healthy bacteria to heal and repair the gut. That’s because the foods don’t have the delivery system and in some cases aren’t paired with the right combinations suited for you and your body.
But with probiotic supplements that’s not the case, as every supplement has carefully crafted ratios of bacteria in order to ensure your body “sucks up” all the healthy bacteria that it requires.
A good delivery system allows your gut to turn into a sponge, it allows your gut to “suck up” all the beneficial bacteria and become much more efficient at healing itself, digesting food and also improving your immune system.
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Briana is 33 years old, comes from LA and has 2 kids. Her interest in health supplements (probiotics in particular) started about 6 years ago when she started having a few health problems and noticed she started to gain weight. Today, Briana is healthy and in great shape and dedicates herself to help others improve their health through probiotics.