Recently, there has been a lot of hype regarding
probiotics. But what are probiotics? Probiotics are good bacteria for your gut. They are found
in yogurt, but are also sold separately. Probiotics are thought to help with digestion and offer
defense against harmful bacteria, just like the existing “good” bacteria in your body.
One reason that probiotics might be mentioned a lot is that they’re thought to be linked
to helping with multiple disorders. Research is still ongoing, but probiotics are being
studied for preventing diarrhea caused by antibiotics, helping with intestinal infections,
treating vaginal yeast infections, and treating irritable bowel syndrome. It is important
to wait at least 2 hours after taking an antibiotic to take a probiotic that contains bacteria.
Probiotics are considered a good option to look into since side effects are rare and
they are easily added to people’s diets. Anyone with a weakened immune system should
avoid taking a probiotic because in rare cases they may develop an infection.
If you’re considering taking probiotics to prevent or treat a certain disorder, check
with your doctor and pharmacist to be sure that they are right for you.