Our expert says:
There are certainly a number of natural foods that you can eat as part of your daily diet that include probiotics within them. The best example is yoghurts and cheeses. Look out for these products on your local supermarket shelf which list probiotics among the ingredients, as these will usually have specific strains of beneficial bacteria added to them, such as strains of Lactobacilli or Bifidobacteria. Note, however, that with sterilisation of most foods now to ensure long shelf lives, many foods are lacking the bacteria, good and bad, that they used to contain. For this reason it may often still be useful to supplement with a probiotic supplement, especially when you need a higher dose of a specific probiotic for a specific indication (such as for diarrhoea).
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