What’s Up Doc? Probiotics help with gastrointestinal illnesses

Question: Are probiotics really good for you, or is that all hype?Answer: We are all colonized by bacteria (and other organisms such as yeast/fungi), called our “normal flora.” These normal flora live on or in us, for example in our gastrointestinal, GI, tract or on our skin, without causing disease — although there is always a risk that some of these can cause disease in certain circumstances, for example, MRSA from someone’s skin leading to infection if [...]
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