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Raw Fermented Foods - YES.

I get asked about probiotics and yogurt A LOT - Here's my answer:

Supplemental probiotic support rejuvenates and replenishes a microbiome damaged by antibiotics or a poor diet. And, like L-glutamine, is a fuel source for your enterocytes. Raw Fermented Foods are also a fantastic way to get beneficial bacteria. Some sources are raw sauerkraut, raw kim chi, raw fermented pickles; there are also several probiotic drinks on the market such as kombucha and kefir. These items must be “raw” if they are cooked/pasteurized the bacteria will be killed. I would also like to note that while yogurt is touted as a wonderful source of beneficial bacteria it does not contain as many naturally occurring bacteria found in the above-mentioned foods and drinks. Why? Because it has been pasteurized to kill off all bacteria then 1 – 2 strains have been added back in. Typically, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and **Streptococcus thermophilus, or Lactobacillus acidophilus **and **Lactobacillus casei. **Which are beneficial bacteria, so that is a good thing. (But why settle for 2 when you can have so many more in raw fermented foods?!) Additionally, keep in mind that most yogurts contain a lot of added sugar – which has the opposite effect, it supports the unfriendly bacteria in your gut. Some yogurts remind me of melted ice cream! There is a lot of misinformation out there about yogurt. Just be aware of this distinction and the marketing of it as the top food source of probiotics, and choose wisely."

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