Probiotics is a word that most people have heard in terms of helping keep you regular, but they aren’t just in pills and yogurt anymore. Healthy bacteria is being added to all kinds of foods, such as chocolate bars from Attune Foods and granola from Purely Elizabeth. It also occurs naturally in fermented products like kombucha, certain pickled veggies and fruits, kimchi and sauerkraut.
Depending on the recipe, you can be ingesting prebiotics as well. “Prebiotics support growth of ‘good bacteria,’” registered dietitian Lisa Mikus in New York explains. “Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that may help with alleviating diarrhea, constipation, colds and infections, and inflammation.” Whether you DIY with a fermentation kit or buy ready-made products, you’ll be helping your gut and your immune system.