I’m a huge fan of probiotics. I actually drink DanActive (a dairy-based probiotic drink) on a daily basis to strengthen my immune system. Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria,” which are believed to help promote a healthy digestive system.
You have naturally friendly bacteria that grows in your gut. This friendly bacteria is essential to the healthy development of the immune system, and it protects against microorganisms that might cause illness. Plus, you need that friendly bacteria to help you digest and absorb the food that you eat. The friendly bacteria can be killed off by antibiotics and disease-causing bacteria and parasites. To replenish your supply, you should consider eating probiotic foods or taking a probiotic supplement.
It is believed that 60 to 70 percent of all the immune cells in your body resides is in the GI tract. By introducing probiotics to your digestive tract, the theory is that you can strengthen the immune system‘s defenses. (If you want to learn more about probiotics, check out the National Institutes of Health’s fact sheet on Probiotics.)