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My mother has been taking probiotic pills, are these helping her?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help keep intestines healthy. They keep the harmful bacteria in check while increasing good bacteria. When your intestines have diminished good bacteria symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, gas, and cramping can be felt. This often occurs after taking antibiotics.

Probiotics can be found in different food products or in tablet form dietary supplements such as lactobacillus acidophilus.

Foods such as yogurt with live cultures, soft cheese, buttermilk, soy or coconut milk with added probiotics, and fermented foods like Brewer’s yeast, sour dough bread, miso, kefir, tempeh and sauerkraut.

There are some precautions to be aware of before you take probiotics due to live microorganisms present especially for those with short bowel syndrome, pregnant women, or immune compromised people so be sure to discuss them specifically with your doctor.

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