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Probiotics an increasingly popular alternative to medications

March 11, 2009 by  

Probiotics an increasingly popular alternative to medications Doctors have suggested that not all digestive problems are related to food consumption and not all of them need to be treated with medication. Meanwhile, a new study has found that the number of products containing probiotics has grown substantially in the past year.

A study conducted by Datamonitor, a market research firm, has found that more than 200 new food products now contain probiotics, the bacteria that normally live in the digestive tract and help improve digestive health.

Probiotics can also alleviate symptoms association with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.

They can be found not just in yogurts but also in other dairy and non-dairy products and even sauerkraut, according to the Des Moines Register.

Meanwhile doctors from Baylor University Medical Center have suggested that not all digestive problems are related to food intake. They can also stem from factors such as stress.

For this type of digestive discomfort, they say, lifestyle chances such as exercise as well as natural remedies may be the best option.

Similarly, for those who are too busy to derive probiotic benefits from their diet, pills containing the nutritional supplement may be a good solution.

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