Today many people are aware of the benefits of taking a probiotic. It has so many positive effects on the digestive system and helps towards overall good health. People who are on non-dairy diets are often unaware that there are probiotic products suitable for them. Lactose free probiotics are available from local health stores and from many online sources too.
People on non-dairy diets are usually careful to read labels when buying products. Some ingredients may be confusing such as whey, curds, milk sugar and milk by-products but they should also avoid these. When buying a probiotic, the expiry date is also important as live cultures have a limited life span.
People always associated yoghurt with dairy and do not always realize that it can be made without using dairy. Other ingredients like almond milk, coconut milk and soy can also be used. A delicious coconut milk yoghurt contains as many live cultures as one made with dairy.
Other foods like sour pickles, sourdough bread and sauerkraut are other non-dairy sources of beneficial bacteria. Another way to incorporate a probiotic into a diet is with a drink. People find this most convenient and enjoy the different flavors of these drinks that are available for purchase online.
The array of capsules being sold by health stores is vast. Amongst all the options it is often difficult to choose the right product, particularly if one is sensitive to dairy. Products also vary considerably in quality and some are far more effective than others. Just because a product contains a vast number of bacteria does not necessarily make it more effective. The bacteria has to be able to resist destruction by stomach acids or the product is simply a waste of money.
Finding out what type of base the product has been grown on is another important concern, particularly for those who have an extreme intolerance to lactose. You may find that certain tablets contain bacteria cultivated on a dairy base and then skimmed off which means that traces of dairy may remain.
There have been studies indicating that daily use of a probiotic improves digestion of dairy products. However, other studies have not supported this theory. There is little question that there are many conditions benefit from regular consumption of a probiotic. Some of these conditions are irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, frequent yeast infections, chronic digestive problems and many more. The beneficial bacteria starves out the bad bacteria and creates the correct balance in the gastrointestinal tract. The overall health of the person improves as beneficial bacteria play a crucial role in how the body absorbs nutrients.
A probiotic contains live cultures. This means that care has to be taken when storing it. If stored on a shelf it will have a limited shelf life but when stored in a refrigerator it can last a number of months. The great news for people who cannot eat dairy, is that there are numerous probiotic products available that do not contain dairy. If they cannot be found at a local health store, they are available from a number of online sources.