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Do You Need Probiotics?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Probiotics are supplements containing the beneficial bacteria that normally inhabit the human digestive tract. They help to complete the digestive process - there's even evidence that without them, the immune system can't work properly, lessening resistance to infection…
Most of these helpful bacteria occur naturally in cultured milk products, such as yogurt with active cultures or acidophilus milk and kefir, as well as naturally fermented pickles and sauerkraut. However, concentrations in these foods may not be high enough to be effective - you may want to take probiotics in liquid or capsule form.
The dose is one tablespoon of the liquid culture or one to two capsules after meals unless the label directs otherwise.
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