What is a probiotic?
A probiotic is good live bacteria and yeast that work together to fight off bad bacteria. They can usually be found in supplements or fermented foods. The good bacteria that make up probiotics are needed to rebalance the bad bacteria in our bodies and help change the composition of the bacteria that lives in our guts.
The good bacteria in probiotics are also part of the microbiome. The microbiome is made up of microbes, which is a community of bad and good bacteria. When probiotics enter the gut, they can influence the microbes, while also growing and metabolizing with other microbes. For the most part, our bodies benefit from the bacteria that are in the microbiome. However, when an imbalance occurs for long periods, it can lead to medical issues.
That's why prioritizing the good bacteria in probiotics is beneficial, they can protect you from outside factors, medications, or an unhealthy imbalance. When you regularly prioritize a probiotic, it will also positively impact your digestive and immune systems by helping you absorb the nutrients from your food and kill off any harmful bacteria. Here are a few foods that are rich in probiotics:
Keep in mind: some foods that are rich in probiotics can be harsh on the stomach since they contain live organisms. They also need to be refrigerated or kept out of warm areas.
Probiotics have also been shown to alleviate symptoms of diarrhea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and inflammatory or irritated bowels.