The power of probiotics -

The power of probiotics

Bacteria has a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down living organisms for your health might seem hard to swallow.

Research suggests that probiotics, or good bacteria, has been shown to be good for your gut. But did you know there's another benefit to munching on these microbes?

Before any food – good or bad for you - gets to your stomach, it passes through your mouth. Now a new study finds that foods containing probiotics may also improve your check-ups at the dentist.

Cleveland Clinic's Denise Cole says, "People who did take in probiotic milk had a significant decrease in cavities over the seven months the study was conducted. We also have seen when probiotics were administered straight to the gum, that we did see a decrease in periodontal disease as well."

This includes gum diseases like gingivitis. Researchers also found that probiotics helped suppress bad breath. So if you want to try incorporating these mighty microorganisms into your diet, look no further than your local grocery aisle.

"Probiotic milks and yogurts are a good source of those probiotics for you, and there are also over-the-counter pills with different forms of it," says Cole.

Besides dairy products, probiotics can also be found in soy, dark chocolate, and fermented foods like pickles and sauerkraut. Just be sure the labels include words such as "live" or "active cultures." 

Cole also recommends starting out slowly - eat small amounts to give your body time to adjust, as they may cause gas and bloating in some people.

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