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Often referred to as "friendly" bacteria, probiotics aid with digestion and protect the body against harmful microorganisms.

What Probiotics Does For The Body

Probiotics ease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), shorten the duration of intestinal infections, and prevent yeast and urinary tract infections. They have also been shown to reduce the severity of the flu and common colds.

One study found that runners who took a probiotic regularly were less likely to get colds.

What happens if you don't have enough probiotics: Inadequate amounts of probiotics can result in a range of digestive problems, from bloating and gas to irritable bowel syndrome and a higher incidence of some cancers.

What happens if you have too much: Excessive amounts of probiotics can result in an upset stomach.

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