Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our gut. They are good for digestion and immune health.
People sometimes take probiotics when they have digestive problems or other issues with their gut. But do you need to take probiotics?
That depends on your symptoms and what kind of bacteria is missing in your body. If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor before taking probiotics. It can take some time for probiotics to work (a week or more). And they need a place called the gut to grow in order to help you. You can’t just swallow a probiotic.
To be sure the good bacteria will help you, your gut needs to have the right balance of bacteria in it first. That’s where probiotics come in: Probiotics are live microorganisms (like yeast or bacteria) that have health benefits. You may get them from eating fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, smoothies or sauerkraut. You can also get oral supplements that contain probiotics.
But not all probiotic products are the same. There is a difference between pills and powders. And make sure you talk to your doctor before taking them so you don’t interfere with any other drugs or treatments you’re already on.
While probiotics are often harmless, they can cause some side effects like gas and bloat for some people. They may also interfere with certain medicines like antibiotics. And be sure to check with your doctor before taking them if you have any immune deficiencies or liver issues.
You should also know that while probiotics might help your digestion, they don’t work like medicine that treats stomach problems.
So if you’re not sure if you should take probiotics, talk to your doctor first. And check out the original article for more details and tips about how, when and why to take probiotics.
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