What's Your Probiotics IQ?

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    Probiotics are:

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    Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that could make you feel better. Lots of good and bad tiny critters live in and on your body. The good ones help it work right. Friendly bacteria in your gut help digest food, kill disease-causing germs, and make vitamins. Many of the organisms in probiotic products are just like those that naturally live in your body.

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    You can find probiotics in:

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    You can find probiotics in:

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    You can find them in fermented veggies like sauerkraut, yogurt (with live and active cultures), buttermilk, and aged cheeses.  

    Supplements come in pills, capsules, or powders that you can sprinkle on food. You can buy them over the counter at pharmacies, supermarkets, and health food stores.

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    What health conditions do probiotics seem to help the most?

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    What health conditions do probiotics seem to help the most?

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    Research shows that probiotics may help prevent or treat some types of diarrhea. They may ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and prevent new attacks of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

    Probiotics may help your gut by boosting the level of good bacteria while keeping the bad ones in check. They may help your immune system -- your body's defense against germs -- work better, too.

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    Probiotics may be especially helpful if you're being treated for:

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    Probiotics may be especially helpful if you're being treated for:

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    If you're taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection like strep throat, probiotics may be useful. Antibiotics kill good bacteria along with the bad ones that make you sick. Probiotics can replace the good ones and prevent side effects of antibiotics like gas, cramps, and diarrhea. You should take the probiotics at least 2 hours apart from the antibiotics, and continue taking probiotics for at least a week after completing the antibiotics.

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    On probiotic supplement labels, the number of bacteria is measured by:

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    On probiotic supplement labels, the number of bacteria is measured by:

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    Labels list the number of colony-forming units (CFUs) for each dose of a probiotic. The amounts can range from 100 million to several trillion CFUs. How much you should take depends on the type of probiotic and the condition you want to treat.

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    If you try a probiotic, wait this long to see if it helps:

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    If you try a probiotic, wait this long to see if it helps:

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    If good things aren't happening after 4 weeks, you might need a different probiotic. Each strain of bacteria works differently in your body. You might not have the right one to treat your health problem. The dose could be off, too. Talk to your doctor if you're looking to improve specific symptoms. She may be able to suggest the right probiotic for you.

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    The FDA regulates probiotic supplements the same way it does drugs.

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    The FDA regulates probiotic supplements the same way it does drugs.

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    Unlike drugs, companies that make probiotic supplements don't need to prove their product is safe or that it works. Generally, they're thought to be safe, but if you have a health problem, talk to your doctor before you take one. Probiotics can have side effects, especially if you have a weak immune system.

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    If you use a probiotic supplement, make sure you:

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    If you use a probiotic supplement, make sure you:

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    Probiotics are living creatures. Some need to be refrigerated or they will die. Even if you store your supplement right, it won't last forever. Make sure you take it by the "use by" or expiration date.

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    Prebiotics are:

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    Prebiotics are carbs that you can't digest, but they "feed" your good bacteria. You can find them in whole grains, bananas, onions, and other foods. They're also sold as supplements. Try bananas on top of your yogurt for a double shot of prebiotics and probiotics.

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    Who is known as the "father of probiotics"?

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    Who is known as the "father of probiotics"?

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    He was a Russian scientist who came up with the idea in 1907. Metchnikoff found that Bulgarians who ate or drank fermented dairy every day lived long and healthy lives. He thought the acid-making organisms in these foods could keep the colon healthy.

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