If you start to hear more and more about probiotics, here's why: although these helpful bacteria were discovered a long time ago, new resarch indicates they may be useful battling a lot of ailments.
We already have have them in our stomach and intestines. But things like diet, illness and environmental factors impact how well they're working.
New research indicates that probiotics may help us alleviate symptoms of lactose intolerance; relieve constipation; reduce the chances of iinfections from salmonella; improve inflammatory conditions such as asthma, eczema or Crohn's disease; fight food allergies; and aid in overcoming vaginal, urinary tract and bladder infections, among other things.
You can find probiotics in supplements and in certain yogurts and other dairy products.