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. 

18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    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!

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    • Emily
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 9:44 am

      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…)

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      • Jamie
        Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:42 am

        I think GoodBelly is vegan! Pretty sure….delicious too!

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    • Emily
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

      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.

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  2. thehealthyapron
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I believe in probiotics and prebiotics!

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  3. Sam
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    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?

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    • Emily
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

      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.

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  4. Nicole, RD
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Interesting post! Probiotics are certainly something I could use more of in my diet and supplements may be the route I need to go.

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  5. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    As always with your posts, I have leaned some interesting things!

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  6. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Short, clear and to the point! Great post!

    I also eat fermented food and yogurt but I could kick it up a notch I think.

    As always, thanks for making me think about it!

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    • Emily
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

      I try! Hehe. :)

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  7. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    Probiotics = good stuff. I take a supplement almost daily, as do my kids.

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  8. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    I really need to get some of those since my grocery store stopped carrying my soy yogurt.

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  9. David Brown
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Gary Tivendale has an interesting collection of documents on gut microbes and probiotics. http://www.docstoc.com/profile/garytivendale
    I especially like his article “Getting Back to your Correct Weight with Correct Gut Microbes.” http://www.docstoc.com/docs/30525645/Dieting-with-Microbes-Using-Probiotics-for-Weight-Loss—My-Experience

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  10. sarah (sarah learns)
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    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! :)

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  11. Lara
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

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

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    • Emily
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      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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