Tame Your Tummy Trouble

The Right Probiotics for Your Stomach Problems and More

The “fight eczema” probiotic
Scientists link a modern epidemic of allergic conditions with the relative lack of bacteria in our sanitized lives. And some research shows that certain probiotics raise levels of allergy-calming chemicals in the blood. But probiotics dont appear to be all that helpful—with one exception: eczema, an allergic skin condition. Daily doses of L. rhamnosus HN001 or L. rhamnosus GG mixed into breast milk or formula substantially reduced the risk that children would develop eczema (but not other allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma, or food allergies).

The “avoid travelers diarrhea” probiotic
So youre off to Mexico for spring break and dreading Montezumas Revenge? Understandable. Up to 50% of international travelers develop diarrhea caused by parasites and infectious bacteria in unsanitary water, which are common in less-developed countries. But dont despair. Studies show that the S. cerevisiae boulardii strain reduces the risk of developing travelers diarrhea (if you start taking it a week before you go) and can help cure established infections

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