People normally don’t like thinking of food and bacteria in the same context. However, probiotics are good bacteria found in some foods that can help with our digestive and immune systems.
Probiotics are living bacteria that are found in fermented milk products or yeast. Other processed foods claim to contain probiotics as well. They are also available in supplement form and work to promote healthier digestion as they enter the digestive tract. Digestive tracts contain hundreds of different bacteria, some good, and some bad. Probiotics help ensure that the balance in the tract is more good than bad.
While decreasing the growth of harmful bacteria, probiotics can prevent or help reduce the symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, infection in the digestive tract, and inflammatory bowel disease. They are also unlikely to cause harm to the body because they are already found within it. Common foods that probiotics are found in include yogurt, olives, pickles, sourdough bread, and milk (dairy or soy)—find more foods with the links below.
To learn what foods provide probiotics, go to the following links.
*Taken From: http://www.livewelliowa.org/wellness_topics/probiotics/
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