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What are your thoughts on taking enzymes and probiotic supplements? I have always had issues with this, but since the diseased part of my colon has been removed, I have fewer issues. I would like to keep the rest of my colon as healthy as possible. I'm thinking that probiotic or enzymes supplements might help with that. Which ones are good and which ones are bad?

Probiotics are naturally occurring bacteria found in the intestines. These bacteria help stabilize the growth of both good and bad bacteria and are essential to a healthy functioning intestine. Probiotics are sometimes used to treat intestinal and stomach ailments. Since these bacteria occur naturally, many are found in foods such as yogurt, soft cheeses and pickles. Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements in pill form. Supplements that are over the counter are not well regulated. I don’t think you want to experiment with your body to see how these work, especially after surgery. Supplements should not be underestimated and the potential effects of supplements can be harmful. Deciding if you should take probiotics requires examination of your lifestyle, eating habits and medical issues as well as consultation with your doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history, what you can handle safely and whether or not you should use supplements and should be involved in that decision.