What Exactly Are Probiotics?

Wellness Wednesday content provided by Dr. Martin Fried ~

If you turn on the TV these days, there are many commercials about probiotics. But what exactly is that? Probiotics are healthy bacteria and yeast that live in our gut where 70% of our immune system is located. They help us digest food, fend off illness, and need to remain in balance to help us do these functions.

According to Dr. Fried, Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, infections, antibiotics, and certain drugs, can trigger digestive problems and illness. That’s where probiotics come in. Probiotics keep the bacteria in check, restore balance, and promote health.

Some doctors may suggest taking probiotics after you have been on antibiotics and believe that probiotics may help reduce cold and flu symptoms.They can also reduce the risk of allergy and eczema in children up to two years of age in mothers who took them late in pregnancy.

Dr. Fried says “Certain strains of probiotics may help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ease colic in infants. Probiotics and Prebiotics ( the carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria) boost immunity in babies and are added to infant formulas.”
Consider eating prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to perhaps give the probiotics a boost.

Dr Fried can give you more information about nutrition as you age, how food can be used as medicine, and the importance of having healthy meals.

Call 732 -682- 3425 to contact Dr Fried for an initial consult that leads to a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Fried is a gastroenterologist in Ocean, New Jersey who combines the practice of medicine with a specialization in nutrition.  He is one of only 300 doctors across the country who specializes in this area of medicine. As a Physician Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Fried brings a unique point of view to his patients because his training and his approach is more comprehensive than traditional primary care physicians.

“Your health and wellness is my primary concern,”  Martin D. Fried, MD 



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