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Dairy-free probiotics

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I'm on a course of antibiotics and don't want to risk them messing with my digestive system too much. Usually I eat a lot of yogurt so I wouldn't worry, but I want to stay dairy-free for at least month before trying to add them back into my diet. What other foods are considered probiotic?

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on January 28, 2012
at 12:50 AM

I haven't tried the sauerkraut yet but the Bubbies dill pickles taste like a good deli pickle!

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on January 26, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Oh, I think I see the confusion here, lacto-fermentation doesn't have anything to do with dairy, it refers to the bacteria lactobacillus that is formed during fermentation. I used to be confused about this too, especially because a number of recipes call for whey to start the fermentation process. You can create plenty of it just by adding salt and water to veggies and letting them sit at room temp ala fermented pickles, carrots, and sauerkraut.

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Most people who've tried natto will be happy to tell you you're not missing anything there :p

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:22 AM

No I didn't know you needed to stagger the antibiotics and probiotics. This is the first time I've been on antibiotics in a decade I think? I don't ever remember having problems then but I ate a lot of cultured dairy too...

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I'm avoiding soy too, but I will try your other suggestions!

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I'll check Whole Foods for some non-dairy kefirs.

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:18 AM

I like sauerkraut! Not sure about kimchi, but I'm willing to try it again. I already eat a lot of raw veggies too :)

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:17 AM

I'd rather stay away from any dairy-based food, but that's probably better than yogurt!

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on January 26, 2012
at 12:13 AM

would lacto-fermented veggies be a problem?

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on January 26, 2012
at 02:15 AM

Go to Whole Foods and grab a jar of Bubbies sauerkraut since it sounds like you can't wait around to make it at home. There's also kimchi nearby and other lacto-fermented veggies if they have them.

In addition to the probiotic foods above, eat a lot of raw, lightly-rinsed veggies if you're able to tolerate them. The soluble fiber and oligosaccharides are "prebiotic" and feed the gut flora so that they can maintain their numbers

Of course, to make sure certain bacteria don't become opportunistic (c-diff, e coli, etc.), continue to eat coconut oil for the caprylic acid and the MCT's in general which are anti-fungal, as well.

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:18 AM

I like sauerkraut! Not sure about kimchi, but I'm willing to try it again. I already eat a lot of raw veggies too :)

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on January 28, 2012
at 12:50 AM

I haven't tried the sauerkraut yet but the Bubbies dill pickles taste like a good deli pickle!

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on January 26, 2012
at 12:14 AM

You can probably find a local source of GT's kombucha; my neighborhood health store carries it in the fridge case. That's a lively probiotic.

I make water kefir, which is also excellent, but for that you'd need to order starter grains unless you know a friend who makes it.

Kombucha is brewed using sweet tea (the bugs eat the sugar) and water kefir is brewed using sugar water, coconut water or fruit juice (the bugs eat the sugar.)

Both drinks contain a trace of fructose when fully brewed.

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I'll check Whole Foods for some non-dairy kefirs.

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on January 26, 2012
at 08:35 AM

In addition to the lacto-fermented veggies mentioned by others here, there are a number of dairy-free probiotic brands out there if you are looking for something in pill form.

Here are some I've used:

Solaray Multidophilis

Vitamineral Green/Vitamineral Earth

Prescript Assist

Theramedix DGX and CDX (have also taken their AMS and PRX)--Some are just enzymes and some combine enzymes with probiotics. CDX is supposed to be formulated to deal specifically with candida overgrowth if that is something you experience with antibiotics.

And, you probably already know this, but make sure you stagger the antibiotics and probiotics by at least a few hours (major pain in the butt, but makes both of them work much better by not cancelling each other out).

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:22 AM

No I didn't know you needed to stagger the antibiotics and probiotics. This is the first time I've been on antibiotics in a decade I think? I don't ever remember having problems then but I ate a lot of cultured dairy too...

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on January 26, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Drinks: kombucha and water kefir (see Nance's response)

Vegetables: traditional sauerkraut (no vinegar) and kimchi -- most forms of pickled cabbage really, salt + cabbage + flavorings + patience ...

If you have no problems with soy AND can stand the taste/smell: natto (all sorts of weird nutrients plus one of the best sources of vitamin K2)

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I'm avoiding soy too, but I will try your other suggestions!

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on January 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Most people who've tried natto will be happy to tell you you're not missing anything there :p

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on January 30, 2012
at 08:30 PM

cereals are a nice option. try looking at some fortified foods with inulin or fos, which are prebiotic.

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