A popular non-herbal natural remedy comes from a class of food supplement called Probiotics.
Most of us are familiar with probiotics in the form of Yoghurt and Kefir. What exactly are Probiotics?
The Mayo Clinic nutritionist, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., has this to say: (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics/AN00389)
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered synbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive.
Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements.
Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help:
Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
Treat irritable bowel syndrome
Reduce bladder cancer recurrence
Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
Prevent and treat eczema in children
Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu
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So tell us…do you take Yoghurt or Kefir regularly? How does it help you personally?