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Consuming probiotics – beneficial live bacteria – can balance harmful digestive tract bacteria

Robert Bonakdar, M.D., director of pain management at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, said consuming probiotics, the beneficial live bacteria found in yogurt, kefir and other health foods, may help the body naturally fight disease and keep pathogens from entering the bloodstream. Probiotics appear to add flora, or healthy bacteria to the intestinal lining, which creates a physical barrier to keep unhealthy bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

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