3 Reasons Athletes Need Probiotics

How to Get More Probiotics in Your Diet

  1. Eat natural, fermented foods and drinks each day. Options include plain and Greek-style yogurts, kefir, kombucha, miso, high-quality aged cheese, sauerkrauts and kimchi. The more types of fermented foods, and different strains of probiotics you include, the better.
  2. Eat functional foods with added probiotics. One example is a dark chocolate bar like Attune Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bars. These are great if you tire of fermented dairy or you can't tolerate it, but want another tasty option for daily probiotics. In fact, many of these foods also contain inulin, a prebiotic fiber that serves as probiotic food (yes, your healthy bacteria need to eat, too).
  3. If needed, add a high-quality probiotic supplement to your regimen. Look for ones that are freeze-dried and don't require refrigeration. Or, if you'd like to reduce the number of pills, use a multivitamin that contains them.

Bonus: If you've ever wanted to try to make your own ultra-high probiotic yogurt, here's a great recipe. Since  it ferments for 24 hours, the final product will have a much higher number of healthy bacteria than most commercial varieties, and almost no lactose.

You won't likely get probiotics in your diet by accident. If you'd like better immune function, digestion and recovery, proactively make probiotics a daily nutrition habit. It's one easy way to make a big impact in both wellness and performance.

More: Should You Add Probiotics to Your Meals

Active logo Perfect your nutrition to boost your performance. Sign up for a race near you.

About the Author

Discuss This Article

Follow your passions

Connect with ACTIVE.COM