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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