Taking probiotics to help your immune system

Bacteria is needed in our bodies to help with many functions, bacteria in the gut is needed to digest our food and allow us to take the nutrients we need from it to stay healthy. It is estimated that there are roughly 10 trillion microorganisms living in the human intestines. Once these get to work on our food we can then absorb it in to our blood stream.

Research has shown that over 80% of our immune activity takes place in the gut, so it makes sense that if we have good bacteria in our gut this can help us stay healthy and fend out viruses and infections.

Probiotics are found in foods that contain living bacteria, but the healthy kind that your body needs to be strong. You can also buy over the counter probiotics that can be taken to help boost the good bacterial in your gut. By taking probiotics either through food or supplements, you are giving fuel to the good bacteria in your body and essentially strengthening it.

Yogurt is one of the best foods for probiotics but always go for the natural ones and add your own fruit to taste. Yogurts that say they contain live bacteria often have less than natural yogurt and the bacteria in these products have probably been pasteurized, killing the cultures, resulting in no value to your body.