Probiotics are microorganisms that offer some form of health benefit to the host – they can be found in various different foods. Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion by balancing intestinal microflora. Probiotics means for life and are live bacteria that benefit the host intestinal microbial balance. Probiotics are commonly found in yogurt, soy, or dietary supplements and also delivered in a suppository form through fecal transplants from a healthy donor to an infected person. Probiotics benefit the host by changing the host’s microbial population inhibiting germs, viruses, and bacteria which cause disease in a host. Taking antibiotics kills the good and bad bacteria and killing off the good bacteria increases the risks of digestive problems, such as urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and diarrhea and cause muscle pain or fatigue. Probiotics ease lactose intolerance, diarrhea and helps with gas. It is wise to consume foods high in probiotic bacteria when taking antibiotics.
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