Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics

You may have read about a surefire solution to stomach pain and digestive problems: probiotics. But do these miracle microbes really work? Can probiotics truly help you lose weight and fight high blood pressure?

Whether you buy them in a bottle or the refrigerated section at your grocery store, probiotics may benefit your health — depending on key factors. Here’s everything you need to know about incorporating probiotics into your life, including one major myth about supplements you don’t want to fall for (page 9).

1. Probiotics are the ‘good’ bacteria

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  • They really can be beneficial to your health.

When you hear the word “bacteria,” you might automatically assume we’re talking about germs. But not all bacteria cause harm. In fact, probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in your digestive system. Probiotics help decrease the harmful bacteria in your system. Germs are often the cause of infection and inflammation in certain diseases and health conditions.

Next: What is the best way to consume probiotics?

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