ask the nutritionist: probiotics

Whenever anyone asks me what vitamins or supplements they should take, most of the time I always answer with probiotics.

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What are Probiotics? 

  • live microorganisms (aka good bacteria!)

 

Benefits of Probiotics: 

  • can help with digestion and nutrient absorption
  • can help immune function
  • can treat diarrhea
  • prevent and treat yeast and urinary infections
  • treat irritable bowel syndrome
  • prevent and treat eczema in children
  • prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu

 

How can we add them into our diets? 

  • supplements
  • kefir
  • probiotic drinks
  • yogurt
  • miso
  • fermented foods like kombucha, saurkraut, kimchee, etc.
Do you make sure you are getting probiotics? 
I’ve been a huge believer in probiotics for the last few years and I must say, I think it helped with some digestive issues I had always had. When I travel to Haiti or have been on antibiotics, I take more!  I take a supplement on a daily basis as well as consume foods fermented foods and yogurt. 

Comments

  1. says

    Do you have a recommendation for a good vegan pro-biotic supplement? I like a soy yogurt that’s fortified with non-animal-sourced probiotics but I eat that *maybe* twice a week – I think a more consistent source would do me some good!

  2. Emily says

    I’m almost positive that mine is vegan, but I’ll have to double check when I get home! (Commercial yogurts also don’t always have very reliable levels…)

  3. Sam says

    I absolutely love your blog!! I’ve been dealing with stomach issues and have been taking culturelle on and off. Do you have any other supplements that you would recommend?

  4. Emily says

    Thank you Sam!! I’ll do a post soon on the supplements I take, but it all depends what kind of outcome you are looking for.

  5. Emily says

    The DDS Probiotics brand is a really high-quality one – it does not contain any animal products. The Whole Foods store brand also has one that I like – I think it is vegan.

  6. says

    i’m a huge believe in probiotics! i have always had some pretty sever digestive problems that i’ve been able to control over the past couple years by cleaning up my diet and getting plenty of probiotics. kombucha is definitely my favorite way to get them though! :)

  7. says

    Question: can you “overdose” on probiotics? Some days I worry I consume too much (between yogurt, kombucha, etc.)

  8. Emily says

    It would be tough – especially if it is only from food sources. (Most yogurts doesn’t contain that high of a level either)

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