5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Digestion

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2. Improve Digestion With Probiotics

Probiotics are the live, active cultures found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, brine-cured pickles and sauerkraut. These “friendly bacteria” protect the body from infection and help the digestive system break down food and absorb nutrients.

Though these probiotics are found in certain foods, the amount you’d have to consume to receive optimal benefit is unrealistic. Those with digestive problems such as constipation, chronic diarrhea, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome benefit from a higher dosage of probiotics found in supplements. Ideally, the probiotic should contain 1-20 billion CFUs (Colony Forming Units).

To get the most benefit from a probiotic supplement, choose one that requires refrigeration or is marked as ‘shelf-stable’.