What are the best probiotics to counteract the negative effects of antibiotics?


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Probiotics used to counter effects of antibiotics are Florastor, Bio-K+ CL1285 and Lacidofil. Saccharomyces boulardii lyo is found in Florastor. L. acidophilus and L. casei and are found in Bio-K+ CL1285, and two Lactobacillus strains are found in Lacidofil, explains Best Health Magazine from Reader's Digest.

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Antibiotics kill both bad bacteria and beneficial bacteria, which can create digestive problems. Adding probiotics into the diet can reintroduce beneficial bacteria and help counter the negative effects of antibiotics such as diarrhea. Because probiotics are not regulated as drugs, patients should inform their doctor of any probiotic supplements they are taking, recommends WebMD. To keep the microorganisms active, some probiotic supplements should also be refrigerated, notes Best Health Magazine.

Probiotics are also found in many other foods beside yogurt. Because most foods do not list the specific strains of bacteria they contain, eat a wide variety of fermented or probiotic foods to receive the benefits of the many different types of good bacteria. Miso contains 160 different strains of bacteria, and kefir contains bacteria and probiotic yeast. Naturally fermented pickles and sauerkraut are also rich sources of good bacteria, states WebMD. Other probiotic foods are sourdough bread, tempeh and soft cheeses such as Gouda.

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