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Probiotics and Digestive Health

What do fermented vegetables, yogurt, sourdough bread, and miso soup have in common? They’re all good, natural sources of probiotics, a beneficial source of live bacteria. While the thought of eating bacteria may seem like a bad idea, it’s actually not.

The digestive tract is made up of hundreds of trillions of “good” bacteria. When something disrupts the digestive system, whether it’s a new food, stress, or an illness, the gut flora gets upset.

Probiotics may be able to help during this disruption by providing relief to stomach ailments and other gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea and constipation. Probiotics can be found naturally or they can be taken as a supplement. Of course, probiotics aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” treatment and should be taken with care.

Take a look at these articles to learn more about probiotics and the digestive tract.