Do Probiotics Really Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

The older I get, the more I realize that I need to take care of my health. My first pregnancy helped me become more mindful of the things I put in my body. Before then, I was that twenty-something year old college kid who would eat pizza for breakfast, drank alcohol late at night and ate a chocolate brownie sundae like my life depended on it.

Fast-forward 15 years (OK, make that 20) and my body just isn’t the same. I don’t drink because I can’t deal with the morning after hangover that usually comes with a few glasses of wine. I also don’t eat chocolate brownie sundaes because it all goes to my waistline and refuses to go away. But I do try to take care of myself by eating a healthy diet. I’m also pretty obsessed with probiotics, as it tends to keep my gut from sticking out too much.

Yet, there are both pros and cons to probiotics, with some critics believing that they don’t work as well as they should. In other words, there are plenty of myths surrounding the benefits of probiotics.

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Here’s what you need to know about probiotics.

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