What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are microbial organisms, often referred to as “good bacteria,” found in the digestive tract and vagina. They facilitate healthy digestion and can help to speed the treatment of digestive infections. Probiotics aid in maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the colon by suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. Another common use of probiotics is in the treatment of vaginal yeast infections. There is evidence that probiotics are useful in preventing eczema and in reducing the severity of flu and the common cold. Research indicates that probiotics may also help to prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer.

What are the health benefits of Probiotics?
Probiotics are helpful in the prevention and treatment of several common digestive disorders, including diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance. By helping to break down blockages and buildups in the colon, probiotics help with constipation. The severity of bad breath and acid reflux may also be reduced with the use of probiotics.

What foods are good sources of Probiotics?
Probiotics can be added to your diet through foods such as yogurt, milk, fruit juices, and soy drinks.

Where can I find Probiotics?
In addition to being present in various foods, probitics are available in a variety of concentrated forms including capsules, powders, tablets, and liquids.

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