Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that ease digestion while also strengthening the immune system, helping prevent flu and other illnesses. Probiotics are vital for proper digestion and also perform a number of useful functions such as preventing overgrowth of yeast (combating yeast infections) and other pathogens, and synthesizing vitamin K.
Fermented foods contain various types and amounts of beneficial bacteria. When choosing a probiotic, look for kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, umeboshi, and other products with “live and active cultures” on the label. Beware of consuming yogurt for probiotic benefits. Yogurts are often high in sugar and not as effective as a probiotic supplement.