Understanding Probiotics Probiotics — healthy bacteria that live in your gut — are being touted as treatments for conditions ranging from tummy troubles to colds. Could they be right for your family?

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If you take a holistic approach to your family’s health, chances are you’ve noticed the increase in probiotic supplements on drugstore shelves that claim to do things like alleviate digestive issues and boost immunity. Perhaps your primary care physician or pediatrician has even suggested that you or your child take a probiotic supplement daily. While many people are intrigued by probiotics, confusion about how they’re helpful — and if you should be taking them — still remains.

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