Probiotics are the use of microorganisms to promote health. Our gastrointestinal tract has native bacteria that we have a co-beneficial relationship with. Probiotics help balance good and bad bacteria to assist the strengthening of our immune system and support our body's ability to remain healthy. Taking a probiotic is essential for the nutritional benefits of breaking down foods for improved absorption and increase availability of vitamins and minerals. The most common bacteria are Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium, although there are hundreds. The reason behind the use of probiotics as a supplement are because of an imbalance in flora. This is due to infection, antibiotics, anti-imflammatory supplements, and prescription pain relievers.
You can put probiotics in your system as a supplement or food that you consume on a daily basis. These probiotics boost the immune system, increase Vitamin B6 & B12, prevent/treat many diseases associated with the gut, such as, childhood diarrhea, Abs associated diarrhea, infectious diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, C-diff infection, ulcerative colitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, pouchitis, eczema, vaginitis, Crohn's disease, and overall prevent sickness.
Food sources associated with probiotics: yogurt, cheese, kefir, fortified milk, sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, sourdough bread, ginger beer, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, chocolate, granola bars, poi, and juices.