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Benefits Of Probiotics

August 29, 2014, 6:09 PM by Brittany Larson

Benefits Of Probiotics

Most of us think of bacteria as a bad thing. After all bacteria is often what make us sick.

But there are also healthy bacteria; the kind you might want to consider adding to your diet.

Phyllis Danielson has experienced some hardships when it comes to her health.

"I've had several surgeries on my stomach and now it scars up too fast and then it ends up twisting my small intestine," Phyllis Danielson said.

The pain can be excruciating.

"It's worse than having a baby when it twists on you," Danielson said.

That isn't the only stomach issue Danielson deals with. To help ease her symptoms she takes a probiotic every day and has done so for the past eight years.

"When choosing a probiotic choose one that has at least one billion cells," Registered Dietician, Annie Ailts said.

Hy-Vee registered dietician, Annie Ailts says our bodies contain more bacteria than a lot of people realize.

"The gut alone actually contains 100 billion microbes and that equals about 3 pounds of bacteria. There's a lot of bacteria in our bodies but it's actually good for our bodies," Ailts said.

Rather than taking a probiotic in a supplement form probiotics can also be found in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut.

“It's important for people to take probiotics especially if they have been on antibiotics, or if they have different illnesses like IBS or crohn's disease and sort of GI issues. Probiotics are really good," Ailts said.

Yogurt is another good source of friendly bacteria.

"Activia is popular because it says right on there that it has the live active cultures," Ailts said.

Not only is Ailts pro probiotics, but there's also something else she says you might want to consider.

"You want to boost your pobiotics. There's also something called prebiotics, and prebiotics are basically a non-digestible fiber that helps basically feeds the probiotics that are already in your body," Ailts said.

Health experts say the digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria.

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