Probiotics are known as the “friendly bacteria.” Our gastrointestinal tract is home to more than 400 different species of bacteria, which perform multiple important functions in our body. Whenever most people hear about probiotics they immediately think of digestion. While very beneficial for a successful digestive function, digestion is not the only thing probiotics are helpful for. Beneficial bacteria helps synthesize vitamins, absorb nutrients, remove pathogens and increase immunity. Recent research has shown probiotics to benefit allergies and battle illnesses, such as diabetes and fibromyalgia. Research is pending on the connection of probiotic deficiency and obesity.
The most common form of probiotic supplementation is a pill. If you don’t want to add another pill to your daily supplement regimen, you can add probiotic-rich foods to your diet. I take a probiotic supplement daily and so does everyone else in my family. I also try to include the following foods in our diet as often as possible, because they naturally contain multiple beneficial probiotic bacteria: