What are they?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that can be found in various foods and supplements, and they are great for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Probiotics help to balance the bacteria in your body by restoring the good bacteria while lowering the bad.
Where can you find them naturally?
o Dairy products
o Fermented foods, such as miso soup, unpasteurized sauerkraut, soft cheeses (Gouda)
Where else can you find probiotics?
Probiotics can be found in supplements in capsule, tablet, powder, or liquid form. The supplements don’t provide the extra nutrients found in probiotic foods, but they are very convenient! You can find supplements at food stores, pharmacies such as Walgreens, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, or right in town at The Great Pumpkin.
Health benefits of using probiotics:
o Used to treat irritable bowel syndrome
o Help to relive diarrhea
o Used to treat skin conditions, such as eczema
o Promote positive urinary and vaginal health
o Promote positive oral health
o Help to prevent allergies and colds
Possible mild side effects:
It’s possible to develop some side effects when you start taking probiotics, but these should subside in a few days.
o Upset stomach
In order to see if probiotics are for you, be sure to do some further research! Then, talk with your doctor in order to discover which type will be best for you. Be sure to check the label, call the manufacturer if you have any questions, and practice proper storage.
Written by Christina Gantt, Peer Educator