Where to Get Natural ProBiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. They are also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria.” Probiotics are available to consumers mainly in the form of dietary supplements and foods.

There are three types of probiotics – one that stays in your system for a day or two after ingestion, one that stays for a few weeks and one that stays permanently.  “Most of the products that are on the market are in the second category” says Huffnagle. According to Huffnagle  we need to encourage these good bacteria in our system and we can do that by consuming foods that are high in probiotics such as:

   1. Yogurt with live bacteria
   2. Frozen yogurt with live bacteria
   3. Probiotic “shots”
   4. Aged cheese
   5. Kefir
   6. Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk,sour cream and enriched cottage cheese
   7. Fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, kimchee and miso

The article also talks about prebiotics which are nutrients in the diet that can help probiotics grow and function in the body. Huffnagle says “any food source that is high in soluable fiber will be a good prebiotic.” Here is a list of foods from the article that were high in prebiotics:

   1. Berries and their juices: blueberries,raspberries,cranberries, strawberries and cherries
   2. Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
   3. Spices, especially oregano
   4. Whole grain sourdough bread
   5. Oats
   6. Legumes: beans, lentil and peas
   7. Brewed tea: green and black teas are best
   8. Red wine: a glass or two a day
   9. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder

One thought on “Where to Get Natural ProBiotics

  • December 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Sounds like there are some great options in there for Paleo minded people. Good to know yogurt isn’t the only option after a string of antibiotics to get the healthy bacteria levels back to where they should be.


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