Tame Your Tummy Trouble

The Right Probiotics for Your Stomach Problems and More

Now that you've learned which probiotics might work for you, check out this food and supplement guide for what to buy at the grocery store.

What about prebiotics?
If certain gut bacteria promote good health, it makes sense to eat a diet rich in the nutrients that make those microbes happy. Thats the concept behind prebiotics, which include several kinds of soluble plant fiber that are abundant in foods like onions, garlic, and leeks. Prebiotics appear to promote the growth of good bugs that fight gut invaders like salmonella, and supplements are even showing up on store shelves. Should you take them? Maybe someday. Most researchers dont think the studies on prebiotics are persuasive enough—not yet, anyway. While studies continue, stick with the pros.