December 09, 2018
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Wellness Tip

Probiotics May Ease Constipation

by Berkeley Wellness  

Got constipation? If so, you might consider probiotics if other steps—such as increasing fiber, water intake, and exercise—don’t help enough. Probiotics are defined as “friendly” bacteria that confer health benefits primarily by rebalancing the normal bacterial population in the colon.

A systematic review of 14 clinical trials, published in October 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,found that probiotics, overall, improved gut transit time, stool frequency, and stool consistency. Bifidobacterium lactis, in particular, was effective, but not Lactobacillus casei Shirota. You can read more about probiotics here.