Probiotics are living microorganisms that can help promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut, leading to improved gut health.
Additionally, probiotics have been associated with a range of health benefits, including reducing depression, promoting heart health, boosting the immune system, and improving skin. Probiotic foods can promote healthy metabolism, which can prevent disorders such as obesity and diabetes. Twelve probiotic foods that can be included in the diet include yogurt, kimchi, pickles, sourdough, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso soup, apple cider vinegar, and some types of cheese. When seeking probiotics in foods, look for labeling that says “contains live cultures” or “contains active cultures.” While some types of cheeses contain probiotics, only aged cheese that has not been heated contains them.