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How long should I use probiotics?

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Probiotics are "good bacteria" that live in your gut. They're also in certain foods, like yogurt and dairy drinks, and can be part of a healthy diet. Probiotics also are available as supplements. Depending on the reason for taking them, you may take them only for a short while. The effects from supplements go away a few weeks after you stop.

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Society: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do For You."

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

Sharp, R.  , April 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Katz, J.  , 2002. Gastroenterology

Stefano Guandalini, MD, University of Chicago.

Martin Floch, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Society: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do For You."

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

Sharp, R.  , April 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Katz, J.  , 2002. Gastroenterology

Stefano Guandalini, MD, University of Chicago.

Martin Floch, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

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