Making Sense of Probiotics for Digestive Health

Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. The listing below shows some of the more common probiotic bacteria, where they are found in the body and the potential benefits they may have.

Probiotic Family: Lactobacillus
Where it is found in the body: Digestive, urinary and genital systems
Potential uses: Potentially beneficial for yeast infections, UTIs, IBS, antibiotic related diarrhea, lactose intolerance, skin and respiratory health.

Probiotic Family: Bifidobacteria
Where it is found in the body: Makes up the healthy bacteria in the colon. Also found in the mouth and vaginal areas.
Potential uses: May regulate intestinal microbial homeostasis, inhibit pathogens and harmful bacteria that colonize the gut, and modulate some immune responses.

Probiotic Family: Saccharomyces boulardii
Where it is found in the body: Large and small intestine
Potential uses: May help prevent antibiotics-associated diarrhea, and traveler’s diarrhea.

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