Non Dairy Probiotics
The key to getting, and maintaining good health is keeping your gut healthy. Whatever happens in your gut has major consequences on your over-all health. Medical science believes that all disease starts in your gut.
Keeping our gut healthy depends on keeping the good bacteria (probiotics) alive, multiplying and well. Probiotics supplements, whether taken in yogurt, yogurt drinks, kefir or supplement pill form can help.
Since many of us can’t ingest, or don’t want to eat dairy products we need to know if there are some alternatives to getting probiotics simply from the more common dairy sources mentioned.
After all, who’s idea was it that we adult humans should be drinking milk our entire lives? This seems to be a crazy idea and one that was most likely pushed on to us by the dairy industry. Not even a calf continues to drink cow’s milk after a short weaning period.
Many humans lose the enzyme lactase at a very young age. This is the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose in milk. Those who do lose it become lactose intolerant. This is perfectly normal and not a disease as some say it is.
Non dairy probiotics
For any food or drink to contain probiotics it has to be fermented. Even dairy products such as yogurt and fifer are made using the fermentation process.
Many people and cultures ferment other foods such as vegetables, and these can be a source of probiotics:
sauerkraut – usually made with different types of cabbage.
kimchi – similar to sauerkraut, with cabbage, onions, peppers, garlic, ginger.
bean ferment – made with fermented beans of different types with garlic and onions. Can be eaten as a substitute for a bean dip or bean salad.
You can get non dairy probiotics from supplements as well. When shopping for probiotic supplements you need to be very careful because the market is flooded with really cheap, inferior products. We wrote an article here on how to avoid buying a cheap, useless probiotic supplement.
Prebiotics are necessary too
No matter how, where, or if at all, you supplement your gut with probiotics, what the good bacteria living in your intestines needs to grow and re-populate itself is the nutrients that prebiotics can only provide.
Probiotics can help, but what many people don’t realize is they are not able to pro-create, they are not self-supporting. They thrive on the prebiotic nutrients as the prtebiotic fiber enters the large intestine. Here it not only feeds the good bacteria (probiotics) but inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria as well.