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KATHY GARVEY, MS, MBA, RDN

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June 2, 2017

Although the United States is slightly behind other countries on awareness regarding probiotics, the interest is definitely growing. Probiotics contain live bacteria and yeasts that hold numerous benefits, specifically towards digestive health. Because our modern Western diet contains less fresh foods and more refrigeration and chemicals than it once did, probiotics are not as naturally present. Additionally, overuse of antibiotics as well as artificial sweeteners have a negative impact on our good gut bacteria.  

The Benefits of Probiotics

Improving digestive health begins with balancing good and bad gut bacteria. Experts confirm that your balance of gut bacteria should be around 85 percent good and 15 percent bad. Good gut bacteria are responsible for health benefits such as producing B12 and K vitamins and creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria. Probiotics are commonly used to treat digestive diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Dise...

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