Wellness Tip

Body Tip To get a healthy dose of probiotics, which can help ease stomach ailments like gas and IBS, add yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut to your diet.

Repopulate. Not the world, but your gut. Lactic-acid-producing bacteria can be taken as oral supplements to help repopulate your gut with good kinds of bacteria. (These bacteria are short-lived, so you have to re-dose often.) They help with ailments ranging from too much gas to irritable bowel syndrome to a weakened immune system. They may even ease gum disease and bad breath. Lactobacilli, for example, have been used in the food industry for many years to convert milk sugars (lactose) into lactic acid. This has all kinds of benefits. It provides the characteristic sour taste of fermented dairy foods like yogurt. It also acts as a preservative by lowering the food’s pH, leaving fewer opportunities for the growth of organisms that cause spoilage. Add these to your diet: yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi (a Korean dish of pickled vegetables). Learn more about probiotic supplements from our Cleveland Clinic Prescriptive Wellness Committee and purchase them in our Wellness Store.

Excerpted from YOU: Staying Young — The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

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