Probiotic Food Sources
There are many food products that are naturally rich in probiotics (click here for a more detailed guide to probiotics).
Kefir is a fermented drink made with kefir grains. It is a food source that is rich in probiotics from the Lactobacillus family, which may help with nutrient metabolism and digestion. It may also be effective in fending off the bad bacteria by preventing them from colonizing your gut and by expelling them out of your body (proof).
Kefir from the Liberté brand contains different strains of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus lactis. The high content of Lactobacillus species can fight off unhealthy bacteria such as Salmonella to prevent them from making us ill.
Where to buy it:
You can find milk-based Kefir (Liberté brand) at most grocery stores.
Cost per daily dose: $0.71
You can also make kefir easily by cultivating your own little kefir grains (the pinky grains featured above were given to me from my mom!)
Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea. This beverage contains many probiotics from the Lactobacillus family. It may help improve digestion and has both anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties (proof).
Kombucha from GT
Kombucha from the GT brand is rich in the probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, which may help alleviate inflammation.
Where to buy it:
You can find Kombucha (GT brand) at Copper Branch.
Cost per daily dose: $0.54
When purchasing a product, check that the sugar content is not too high. Like any processed products, Kefir and Kombucha can be too high in sugar, thereby ELIMINATING the very health effects you are trying to get by taking probiotics!