With all the emphasis on getting rid of germ and keeping the good bacteria our body needs, you may have been approached about taking probiotics. So, what is that? Dr. Kathleen Mueller explains.
"Probiotics are bacteria, they're live organisms that are found either in pill form or in food, that actually can promote health." "There's been a huge concentration in the last few years because we know it's something that's simple, it's safe for most people, it's readily available, and it's inexpensive and it really can promote good health."
Dr. Mueller is an M.D. who prescribes both Eastern and Western medicine. She says people who get intestinal side effects from taking antibiotics could benefit from also taking "probiotics" after a week or two.
She says you really need to keep an eye on the expiration date with probiotics because they contain life bacteria, which is why some even have to be refrigerated. Most probiotics come in pill form. Dr. Muller says yogurt is a good way to get "good bacteria" regularly, but look for something on the label that says it includes "active cultures".
She also says there are no side effects from taking probiotics. However, people with a compromised immune system should check with their physician before they start taking it.
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