Probiotics are live bacteria that have positive effects within the body, by maintaining or restoring the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) environment. They can be taken as a supplement in capsule form to provide a concentrated dose of good bacteria, but can also be found in foods such as:
- Yoghurt and kefir
- Fermented products, like kimchi and sauerkraut
- Pickled vegetables
- Miso paste
The growth and metabolism of probiotics within the gut inhibit the growth of other harmful bacteria, antigens, toxins and carcinogens, and can also help in improving immune function.