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Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) found in certain fermented foods like yogurt or dietary supplements. Potential benefits of probiotics have been seen in the treatment or prevention of diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and more. But, are probiotics in fact capable of improving gut health? Summit Health gastroenterologist Martin Wolff, MD, addresses the pros and cons of probiotics in an article for AskMen.  “The bottom line is that probiotics may be helpful for some individuals with IBS for symptom improvement on a case by case basis, but aren’t regulated or well understood, and actually can carry some risks,” said Dr. Wolff. To understand the potentially harmful effects of probiotics, and alternative steps one can take for a healthy gut, read the full article here.

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