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How can probiotics help my stomach?

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Millions of friendly bacteria live in your intestines, and they're important for your digestion. But diarrhea can throw the microbes in your gut off balance. Probiotics may help get things back on track.

You can find probiotics in certain foods, like yogurt. They also come in the form of supplements.

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Guandalini, S. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 2011.

Guandalini, S. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 2008.

Hickson, M. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 2011.

Floch, M. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, July 2008.

McFarland, L. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, March 2007.

Williams, N. American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy, March 15, 2010.

Stefano Guandalini, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology, University of Chicago.

Floch, M. and Walker, A. Recommendations for Probiotic Use, 2011 Update.

Natural Therapeutics Comprehensive Database.

Annals of Internal Medicine: "Probiotics for the prevention of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Guandalini, S. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 2011.

Guandalini, S. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 2008.

Hickson, M. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 2011.

Floch, M. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, July 2008.

McFarland, L. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, March 2007.

Williams, N. American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy, March 15, 2010.

Stefano Guandalini, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology, University of Chicago.

Floch, M. and Walker, A. Recommendations for Probiotic Use, 2011 Update.

Natural Therapeutics Comprehensive Database.

Annals of Internal Medicine: "Probiotics for the prevention of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 30, 2020

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