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Using Probiotics for Diarrhea

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Probiotics may help treat ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some studies show probiotics may also help Crohn's disease, the other form of IBD, but the results aren’t strong.

Where to Find Probiotics

Most health food stores stock dozens of brands of probiotic foods and supplements, like yogurts or dairy drinks, capsules, powders, and liquids.

Look for probiotics with a specific type of bacteria that’s been tested and found to work. Choose products that say that they’re viable “through end of shelf life” rather than “at time of manufacture.”

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on December 24, 2014
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