How can probiotics reduce stomach bloating?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Probiotics are made up of "good" living bacteria similar to those that naturally exist in the body and aid with digestive health. Probiotics regulate the amount of healthy bacteria in your system and normalize bowel movements. Through nutritional supplements or probiotic-enriched food sources like yogurt, miso, soy drinks, and juices, probiotics can be integrated into your diet. Look for "live and active cultures" listed on their packaging labels.

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Probiotics -- live bacteria that are similar to or the same as bacteria that exist naturally in your intestinal tract -- may help reduce stomach bloating. They're available in supplement form and in some foods, notably some yogurts.

Sometimes called "good bacteria," probiotics may be able to reduce stomach bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms by restoring the proper balance to the community of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any health claims for probiotics, some research indicates they may be useful in preventing and treating diarrhea in children and in reducing symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome. They may be helpful for other conditions as well. Talk to your doctor to see if probiotics are worth a try for you and, if so, the best way for you to consume them.

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