Should you take probiotics?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The term probiotics refers to ‘a live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance’[1,2]. The intent of using probiotics is to elicit change which results in reduced amounts of potentially harmful microbes colonising the gut and increasing the populations of beneficial microbes[3]. Strains of lactic acid bacilli, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium4, are most commonly used in probiotic formulas, with some non-pathogenic strains, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli)5, and Saccharomyces boulardii also regularly…
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