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Between probiotics and food, which is more effective in boosting good bacteria?

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Some experts think those products can help you ease the gas, pain, bloating, and diarrhea that come with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). It’s still unclear if eating foods with probiotics or taking the supplements can really boost good bacteria, though. Yogurt with live cultures is one natural source. One “good bacteria” that may have promise for people with IBS is Bifidobacterium infantis. We don’t yet know which mix of bacteria or how much could help against the disease.

From: Alternative Treatments for IBS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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