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Probiotic FAQs

Probiotics Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about the benefits of probiotics? Thinking about taking probiotics? Not sure which are the best probiotics? The following answers some of the most frequently asked questions about probiotic supplements.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live micro-organisms, bacteria and yeasts that provide a number of health benefits to the body. They are especially effective for helping with proper digestion. They are naturally found in your body, but they are also found in a variety of foods and nutritional supplements.

What do probiotics do?

Taking probiotic pills or digestive enzyme supplements help you replace the good bacteria in your body when it’s lost, especially after you take an antibiotic. They also help to balance the amount of good and bad bacteria to ensure your body is working optimally.

Are probiotics safe?

Taking probiotic pills, supplements, or ingesting it through food is perfectly safe for most people. It is always a good idea to speak with your doctor before taking a probiotic supplement. Depending on your level of health or medical history, you may have side effects.

Which is the best probiotic?

While there are many different types of bacteria that can be classified as a probiotic, they typically fall into two main categories:

    • Lactobacillus: The most common, it is found in fermented foods and yogurt. It is known to help those who can’t digest lactose.
    • Bifidobacterium: Found in dairy products, it is known for helping with IBS and other digestive system conditions.

What are the main benefits of probiotics?

Probiotics help move food through your gut and aid with digestion. They are known to help a variety of different health conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and food intolerances. They can also help improve immune function, improve oral health, prevent allergies and colds, and improve certain skin conditions.

Are there side effects to taking a probiotic supplement?

How you react to probiotics will vary from person to person. Common side effects include gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation in the first few days of taking a probiotic supplement. Side effects typically go away in a few days.

When should I take probiotics?

The best time to take probiotics is with food because this is when the pH level in your stomach rises, creating an ideal environment for probiotics to survive.

Are probiotics safe for children?

Probiotic supplements are safe for consumption by children, and there are many that are designed specifically for children. If under 18, it is recommended that you talk to a doctor first.

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