The Shopper’s Guide to Probiotics

Find out which strains to look for when you shop.

The Shopper’s Guide to Probiotics

If you are in search of the right probiotic to add to your daily diet, we are here to help. With so many different brands, strains, and types, it can be overwhelming trying to determine which one is the real deal and which one is worth leaving on the shelf. With the help of gastroenterologist Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, we are going to share the tips you need to know the next time you are at the health food store.

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Check for 10 Billion Live Organisms

Probiotics need to have enough live and active organisms to grow in the intestines, at minimum, your probiotics should have 10 billion live and active organisms. Dr. Raj also recommends following the recommended dosage on the package to ensure adequate probiotic growth.

Is Your Stomach Cramp Actually Diverticulitis?

It may not just be indigestion.

We've all been there — we get a cramp in our stomach, maybe with some nausea or constipation. It's easy to think it may just be indigestion. But what if it's something more serious like diverticulitis? That's a condition of inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches that can form in your digestive tract. Here's how to tell the difference between the pain and how to know when you should see a doctor.