Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in your gut. They help with food digestion as well as fend off invading bacteria that could make you ill. If the probiotics in your digestive system become depleted then you may experience IBS symptoms. Taking a probiotic supplement may help restore the healthy probiotics back to your gut & perhaps improve or cure your symptoms.
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- Colony Forming Units] Probiotics are measured in Colony Forming Units(CFUs). Most probiotic products contain billions of CFUs. Higher CFUs does not necessarily mean the product is better. There is quite a bit that goes into developing probiotics and not all products are equal. Prebiotics are sometimes included with probiotics. A prebiotic is a substance that protects the probiotic bacteria as well as feeds it. Usually these prebiotics are made with a sweet compound called Fructooligosaccharide or FOS for short. This sugar is not digestible by humans, but certain bacteria can digest it. This can cause problems for some people such as gas and bloating. Not everyone is sensitive to FOS, so keep that in mind when purchasing a probiotic. The Herx reaction is your body's response to riding itself of toxins. This usually causes symptoms such as fatigue, chills, fever, aches & pains. These reactions can last for days or weeks in some cases. This may cause you to initially feel worse when starting a probiotic as they are doing battle clearing out bad bacteria, however eventually these symptoms should subside. If they do not, discontinue the probiotic and try a different brand.[section_title title=Suggested Probiotics
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