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Probiotics are "good bacteria" that live in your gut. They're also in certain foods, like yogurt and dairy drinks. You also can take them as capsules, powders, and liquids. To work well, probiotics must have enough good bacteria to allow them to grow in your intestines. The right dose varies for each product and for the condition you use them for. Some may not have as many helpful microbes as their labels say.

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 Sabrina Felson on July 28, 2020

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 Sabrina Felson on July 28, 2020

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