Could yogurt help prevent your gastrointestinal discomfort? Probiotics are the bacteria found in certain stomach-happy foods such as yogurt. They help minimize bad bacteria and promote digestive health. When the digestive tract does not have enough of these good bacteria, diarrhea or cramping may result.
The lack of probiotics is often caused by the consumption of an antibiotic used to kill bacteria that is causing illness. The problem is that the antibiotic attacks the good bacteria along with the bad. You can avoid this by eating foods that contain probiotics when you take an antibiotic.
Some healthy food options that contain probiotics:
- Dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, milk or soft fermented cheeses
- Tempeh (a soy product)
More research still needs to be done to determine which probiotics and in what amount are the best for treating antibiotic-related digestive issues. Always consult with your physician for treatment when having any negative side effects from an antibiotic.