Probiotic Drinks vs. Probiotic Pills

Probiotic Drinks vs. Probiotic Pills

So you're bought in on the gut health benefits of probiotics, but wondering why not just take them in supplement form?

We've experimented extensively with both and (in addition to never really seeing any benefit from the pills) here's why we gravitated toward fermented beverages for our daily probiotic intake:

1. Enhanced Bioavailability

The bioavailability of probiotics, or the degree to which they are absorbed and utilized by the body, is often higher in liquid form. Beverages provide a more hospitable environment for probiotics, which can help these beneficial bacteria survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and reach the intestines where they are most effective. Pills, although designed to withstand stomach acid, may not always release their contents at the optimal time for maximum probiotic benefit.

2. Synergy with Other Nutrients

Probiotic beverages often contain other nutrients that work in synergy with probiotics to enhance overall health. For instance, kombucha is rich in antioxidants, while dairy-based kefir is a good source of calcium and vitamins. This synergistic effect can enhance the probiotic benefits and contribute to better health outcomes, something that isolated probiotics in pill form may not offer.

3. Immediacy of Effects

Drinking probiotic beverages can have a more immediate and pronounced effect on digestive health. The liquid form can soothe the digestive tract and aid in hydration, which is beneficial for digestion. Additionally, the presence of prebiotics in these beverages, which act as food for probiotics, can further enhance digestive health.

4. The Good Ones Taste Delicious

One of the primary reasons we fall short of our health and wellness goals is failing to stick with our regimen. So, why make things hard on yourself?

Quality fermented beverages just straight-up taste delicious and drinking them has become a ritual we look forward to drinking every day. Moreover, these beverages take a variety of forms (dairy, non-dairy, fizzy or still), meaning you can continually mix things up with different formats.

5. Avoidance of Additives

We're trying to get healthy here and some probiotic pills contain additives, fillers, or stabilizers--yuck. In contrast, quality probiotic beverages are free from these additives, making them a cleaner option for those looking to avoid unnecessary ingredients in their supplements.

6. Better for Those with Pill Fatigue

For individuals who are already taking multiple supplements or medications in pill form, adding another pill can contribute to what is known as "pill fatigue." Drinking a probiotic beverage can be a welcome change and reduce the monotony associated with taking pills.

7. Eco-Friendly Packaging

Probiotic beverages often come in glass bottles, which are more eco-friendly and sustainable compared to the plastic bottles or blister packs used for pills. If you're concerned about your environmental footprint, this is something to pay attention to, given the regularity with which you will consume these products and their packaging.

Wrapping It Up

While probiotic pills are a convenient and straightforward way to add beneficial bacteria to your diet, probiotic beverages offer several advantages that make them a superior choice in our book.

Whether you prefer the tangy fizz of kombucha, the creamy texture of kefir, or the light refreshment of a fermented non-dairy drink, incorporating these probiotic-rich beverages into your routine can be a delightful and effective way to support your gut health and overall well-being.

While you're here, checkout our very own coconut water kefir recipe that we perfected over the years on our own wellness journey: Cabana Cultures coconut water kefir.

In good health,

Jen & Ben

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