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Probiotics

What does it do?

Probiotics work by balancing the levels of microorganisms in the intestines. They drive down the numbers of harmful bacteria. They also seem to boost the body's immune system. Helps to maintain healthy gastro-intestinal tract. Helps protect against gastro-intestinal tract associated infectious diseases. Helps relieve gastro-intestinal disturbances associated with antibiotic therapy.

What body parts are affected?

  • Treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Some types of diarrhea
  • Colitis (particularly ulcerative colitis and a complication of surgery for ulcerative colitis called pouchitis)
  • Acne
  • Eczema in children
  • May also be used with antibiotics to help prevent diarrhea that may come with taking antibiotics.

Types of Probiotics

  • Lactobacilli (like Lactobacillus acidophilusand Lactobacillus GG)
  • Bifidobacteria (like Bifidobacterium bifidus)
  • Some yeasts (like Saccharomyces boulardii).

What foods can it be found in?

  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso Soup
  • Soft Cheeses
  • Kefir
  • Sourdough bread
  • Sour Pickles
  • Tempeh
  • Supplements