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"Probiotics for Health" (Simon & Schuster) - 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Probiotics

"Probiotics: How To Use Them To Your Advantage"  is your guide to understanding why you don’t have enough probiotics and what you can do about it. There are things you do and take everyday which are detrimental to your gut microbiota, and things you aren't doing, but should, which would help it. This book is written by me, Jo Panyko, your friendly host and creator of this website, and it complements the website.

Books by Jo Panyko - All of my books on one page for your convenience.

Best Probiotic - What is the best probiotic? Is there such a thing?

Flora - Lots of useful information about the microbes within you, including where they live, how they interact with your body, how they are classified, and other tidbits.

ProbioticsBacillus, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc, Saccharomyces, Streptococcus and others

Health Benefits and Effects of probiotics - There are numerous conditions that may benefit from probiotics

Side Effects of Probiotics - There aren't many, but it is good to know what they may be

Sources of Probiotics- Foods, drinks and supplements


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About me – Jo A. Panyko BS, MNT: Author of numerous books on probiotics such as "Probiotics: How to Use Them to Your Advantage' and "Probiotics for Health" published by Simon & Schuster; Probiotics, Microbiome, and Nutrition Educator; Consultant; Speaker; Founder of

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Flora - The Microbes Within You

AFU - The newest method of quantifying probiotics. Is it the best?

CFU - What does Colony Forming Unit mean? Does it matter with probiotics?

CFUs - Why it is important to know what you are getting in a probiotic supplement

Flora - Know the basics about flora, the microbiome and probiotics.

Genetics and Probiotics - Do your genetics define you and your state of health?

Human Microbiome Project - Updates and what they mean to you

Microbes - Other "nerdy" information about probiotics such as air requirements, staining, spores, fermentation types and laboratory-study lingo.

Pathogens - Research on pathogens and the microbiome

Probiotics Classification - Knowledge about probiotics classification helps you make better health decisions

Probiotic Microbes - Which ones they are and how they are different

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Akkermansia muciniphila - The resident probiotic you need.


Bacillus, General -Some are deadly, some are probiotics?

Bacillus clausii - An alkaline-tolerant spore bacterium

Bacillus coagulans - Should you be taking these soil organisms as probiotics?

GanedenBC30 - Probiotic expansion in processed foods

Bacillus indicus - An interesting bacterium with pigmented cells

Bacillus licheniformis - An opportunistic pathogen or a probiotic?

Bacillus subtilis - Soil organism or probiotic? Or both?


Bifidobacterium, General Bifidobacterium (bifidobacteria), the probiotic LAB superstars.

Bifidobacterium 1714 - A psychobiotic for mood and sleep support

Bifidobacterium animalis – These beasts are probiotic good bacteria

Bifidobacterium bifidum - A common probiotic bacteria with uncommon health benefits

Bifidobacterium infantis - Sounds like an innocuous strain. Is it?

Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 - This strain is proven to be "Not Just for Babies."

Bifantis - A special B. infantis, not widely advertised by this name anymore

Bifidobacterium lactis Bifidobacterium lactis is a sub-species of Bifidobacterium animalis

B. lactis DN-173010 - AKA Bifidus Regularis, is the active Ingredient in Activia yogurt

Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 - Also known as Howaru Bifidus, B lactis DR10, Bifidus DR10 and HN019

HOWARU Bifido - Lactic acid bacteria also known as B. lactis DR10,  Bifidus DR10, and B. lactis HN019

Bifidobacterium longum - Probiotic bacteria with a long list of health benefits

Bifidus DR10 - One of many names for the same probiotic bacterium

Bifidus Regularis - In Dannon Activia Yogurt. Is B. lactis DN-173010, one of the probiotics for constipation to help keep your colon healthy


Lactobacillus, General - Lactobacillus, the other probiotic LAB superstars.

Lactobacillus acidophilus - The popular probiotic bacteria.

Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1- Also known as L. acidophilus DDS-1

Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS - A Natren "super strain"

Lactobacillus brevis - Anti-viral, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory potential

Lactobacillus bulgaricus LB51 - A special anti-cancer probiotic?

Lactobacillus bulgaricus - A yogurt starter culture that is also a probiotic

Lactobacillus casei - Biogenic amine producer or probiotic?

Lactobacillus plantarum - A common probiotic bacteria with stellar benefits

Lactobacillus plantarum 299v - AKA Lp299v, is useful in IBS, IBD & cardio health

Lp299v - A patented probiotic strain for IBS and cardio health

Lactobacillus reuteri - Commonly-occurring probiotic bacteria

Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 - Used for cholesterol reduction

Lactobacillus rhamnosus - Probiotic bacteria with impressive health benefits

Lactobacillus rhamnosus DR20 - One of several names for the same probiotic

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG - Also known as "LGG", has many health benefits

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1- Stellar for a UTI or a vaginal infection

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 - Impressive immunity results from this multi-name probiotic species

HOWARU Rhamnosus - A probiotic bacterium with many names and immune function benefit

Lactobacillus sporogenes - Is this really a Lactobacillus?


Leuconostoc mesenteroides - From beneficial bacteria to probiotic


Saccharomyces, General - Can yeast be a probiotic?

Saccharomyces boulardii - "The Special Forces Probiotic" yeast superstar

Saccharomyces boulardii Sources - Saccharomyces boulardii is the "Special Forces Probiotic" yeast superstar. Here is where you can find it.

Saccharomyces boulardii Suggestions - Need help deciding how to take Saccharomyces boulardii? Here are a few suggestions.


Streptococcus, General - Some can be deadly and some are actually probiotics

Health Benefits of Probiotics and Possible Side Effects

General Health Benefit Information

Health Benefits of Probiotics and Possible Side Effects, General

Possible Side Effects of Probiotics - There are just a few side effects of probiotics, compared to all of the health benefits. Know what they are.

Health Benefits for Digestion Issues

Constipation - Constipation is a regularity problem in the colon which limits bowel movements. Prevention is key.

Causes of Constipation -Know the causes of constipation so you can take preventative action before it becomes chronic constipation

Relief for Constipation - Conventional - Relief for constipation is big business since constipation problems affect nearly everyone at least once. Are constipation medications such as laxatives your only choice?

Probiotics for Constipation - Are probiotics for constipation a good choice? Or are laxatives your best bet?

Diarrhea - Anti-diarrheal medications can increase your risk of heart problems.

GERD -GERD is a Common Complaint with Indigestion. How Do You Get Heartburn?

GERD and Probiotics -Is There Help for GERD with Probiotics? Reflux affects a lot of people, and it’s important to know if probiotics can help.

GERD Symptoms - GERD Symptoms and Complications Involve More Than Indigestion and Heartburn

Antacids -Antacids like Tums are often used for GERD. Some people eat them like candy, figuring that they are helping their bones. Is this the best way to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion?

H2 Blockers -H2 blockers such as Zantac or Pepcid are often used for GERD. Can they be used long-term to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion? Here’s a look at these drugs.

Proton-pump Inhibitors - Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or omeprazole (Prevacid) are often used for GERD. Is this the best way to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion? Here’s a look at PPIs.

Indigestion - Indigestion is a cry from your body for help. Are you listening or just covering the symptoms with medications?

H pylori Infection - H pylori is a common pathogen that may lead to serious diseases. Do you need to eradicate it? Can probiotics help prevent or reduce it?

IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Probiotics for IBD are a promising way to manage the worldwide increasing incidence of  inflammatory bowel disease, especially in addition to standard dexamethasone therapy.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Necrotizing enterocolitis is a serious gastrointestinal tract disorder which can affect premature infants. Probiotics can help prevent it.

Probiotics for Crohn's Disease - Some research has been documented, but is it enough?

Health Benefits for Female Issues

Vaginitis - The cause of your vaginitis doesn't have to be a mystery.

Aerobic Vaginitis (AV) - A bacterial infection with vaginal discharge that is often mistaken for BV (bacterial vaginosis). Knowing the difference could mean being cured – or not.

Aerobic Vaginitis Symptoms and Treatment - How to know if you have this bacterial vaginal infection and what to do about it.

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) - You could have it and not know it. Is it increasing your risk for infections, especially in pregnancy?

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) Diagnosis - BV is a type of vaginitis that needs to be diagnosed by a healthcare practitioner, especially in pregnancy. Here is how it’s done.

Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) - Conventional Treatment - What is the treatment of bacterial vaginosis? Are antibiotics such as clindamycin the answer?

Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) with Probiotics - Can probiotics help with treatment of bacterial vaginosis?

Candidiasis (Vaginal Yeast Infections) - Is Candidiasis to blame for your vaginitis? Learn how to recognize the causes and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection

Vaginal Yeast Infections Diagnosis - Vaginal yeast infection may or may not be easy. Here are things to consider before self-treating your vaginitis.

Yeast Infection Treatment - Vaginal, Conventional - Yeast infection treatment for the vagina depends of the type of yeast involved. Is it Candida? Learn about your options for relief of your vaginitis.

Yeast Infection Treatment - Vaginal, Probiotics - Yeast infection treatment and probiotics? How are they related? Do probiotics show promise for this type of vaginitis?

Benefits for Mental Health and Brain Function

Anxiety - Probiotics make perfect sense for helping with anxiety. Find out ways to start decreasing your levels.

Depression- Depression may have some of its roots in the gut. Probiotics may help.

Insomnia - The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep can have disastrous consequences. "I can't sleep" is not an option.

Mood and Sleep - Serenity and sleep with a psychobiotic probiotic.

Benefits for Other Health Conditions

Acne - Acne is an imbalance from the inside out, so are antibiotic creams and pills the best choice?

Acne and Probiotics - Acne and probiotics may seem totally unrelated, but here's why they may make a perfect pairing for your gut health and breakouts.

Alcohol Flushing - What causes this condition and what should you do if you have it?

Alpha-Gal Allergy - Do you think you are allergic to meats? Find out more about why this may be and what you can do.

Autoimmunity - Probiotics have actions for autoimmunity prevention and progression. Find out how.

Cholesterol - This probiotic is shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol.

Chronic kidney disease - Chronic kidney affects 1 in 3 Americans. Find out what you can do to care for your kidneys, including what probiotics may have to offer.

CKD - Learn about the risk factors, early symptoms and assessment of chronic kidney disease
Pets - Dogs and Cats - Yes, dogs and cats can benefit from probiotics just like you do. Find out what the research shows and which probiotic products are recommended.

Essential Oils and Probiotics - There are similarities and both can enhance  your health. Find out how.

Grapefruit Essential Oil for Weight Loss - Grapefruit EO can be part of a weight loss strategy, plus it has other benefits to gut health, the microbiome, cognition, mood and more.

How to Purchase Quality Essential OIls - No sense using them if you aren't using the best ones you can.

Flu - Probiotics are a great way to boost your defenses against influenza.

Functional Abdominal Pain in Children - Functional abdominal pain is a common disorder in children with an estimated worldwide average prevalence of 13.5%. Is there a role for probiotics?

Heart Disease and TMAO - Maybe the cause of heart diseases like atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction starts in your gut. Can probiotics help?

Lavender oil for Anxiety- Lavender essential oil has research to back its use in supporting anxiety.

Long Hauler Microbiome -  Long haulers are those people with persisting symptoms after infection with COVID-19, including after tested clearance of the virus. Other names for long hauler syndrome are post-COVID syndrome, long COVID, or long-term COVID. Research shows that a long hauler microbiome may play a role in their lingering symptoms.

Lymphoma - Lymphoma is a scary disease. As with almost any cancer, the causes are multiple and varied. Probiotics may have a role in lymphoma prevention – that of a protective role against it.

Mediterranean Diet and Probiotics - The two are mutually beneficial. Find out how.

MRSA Infection - Studies show that gut dysbiosis may set the stage for a worse prognosis

Mucus Enhancement in the Gut - Mucus in the GI tract serves many important functions, and probiotics can help nurture it.

NAFLD - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease benefits from diet and lifestyle interventions, including probiotics.

Oral Health: Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Cavities - Is brushing and flossing enough? What about mouthwash?

Osteoporosis - Bone density is not the most important factor. This is.

Parkinson's Disease - Is there a link between the gut and Parkinson's?

Sinusitis - Sinus probiotics are being investigated for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). What does research show about the sinus/nasal microbiome and probiotics?

Sinus Flushing- What are the benefits of it and how do you do it?

Sugar Cravings - There is a surprising link to the gut concerning these.

TMAO Reduction - Studies suggest ways to reduce trimethylamine-N-oxide levels

TMAU (Trimethylaminuria) - The causes, types and triggers for this metabolic disorder characterized by body odor.

TMAU (Trimethylaminuria) - Can probiotics and dietary elimination help this FMO3 metabolic disorder?

Triclosan Toxicity - Learn about what the antibacterial chemical triclosan may be doing to you and your gut microbiome.

Sources of Probiotics

Sources of Probiotics - General information about foods, drinks and supplements that contain probiotics

Probiotic Foods - Add some of these foods and drinks to your menu.

Apples for Probiotics - Really? Yes! But only on a certain kind.

Chocolate - Mmmm, can it really be good for you for probiotics?

Fiber - Why this nutrient is so important for health

Honey - Honey is a prebiotic and a probiotic. Are all types equal?

Fermented Whole, Raw Foods

Sauerkraut - Sauerkraut is a gluten free, fermented cabbage food. Does it contain probiotics?

Sauerkraut - How to Make it -video

Sauerkraut - Cost Analysis of Homemade vs. Store Bought

Sauerkraut - Where to Buy Raw Making raw sauerkraut is your most money-saving option. If you don't want to make it, or want to try some new varieties, here are some respected sources.

Fermented Raw Drinks

Beet kvass - What is it, how do I make it and what is in it?

Kefir - What is it? What is it good for?

Kefir - How to Make Kefir - video

Kefir - Cost Analysis of Homemade vs. Store Bought

Kombucha - What is It? What is in It?

Kombucha Benefits - Are They True or Hype? Is It a Probiotic Drink?

Probiotic-Fortified Foods

Activia - Activia yogurt products contain Bifidus Regularis, AKA B. lactis DN 173-010, one of the probiotics for constipation.

Probiotic-Fortified Drinks

GoodBelly - Probiotic Drinks with L. plantarum 299v

Supplements - Probiotic Supplements in the Marketplace

Probiotic Supplements - Why my reviews of probiotic supplements are better than others you may find

Alflorex - A probiotic supplement in the UK and Ireland with the Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 strain of bacteria that is advertised to help with IBS. Is that what this strain is best for?

Align - A probiotic supplement with the Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 strain of bacteria that is advertised for help with digestive issues. Is that what this strains does best?

BioClinic Naturals Probiotic-Pro12 - A multi-species probiotic supplement with 12 gastric-resistant strains of beneficial bacteria

Bio-Kult Advanced Multi-Strain Formula - A multi-species probiotic supplement with 14 gastric-resistant PXN strains of bacteria

Clear-Biotic - Clear-Biotic is marketed to treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. 

Culturelle - Culturelle is a probiotic supplement that contains a significant amount of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG that is valuable, especially for immune function.

Earth's Pearl Probiotic - A time-release supplement marketed to be "The World's Best Probiotic".

Fem-Dophilus - Fem-Dophilus is a probiotic supplement valuable in feminine health

FloraFemme - A Vaginal Probiotic Suppository for BV and Vaginal Yeast Infections

Florastor and FlorastorKids - Patented forms of the probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii

GoodBelly - Is It Really Good for Your Belly?

GutPro - A "clean" multi-strain probiotic supplement in powder, infant-powder and capsule formulations

Healthy Origins Probiotic - A probiotic supplement with FloraFIT® single strains of multiple bacteria. 

Hyperbiotics PRO-15 - A shelf-stable probiotic supplement marketed as "The Perfect Probiotic". Is it true?

iFlora Multi-Probiotic - A multi-species probiotic supplement with 16 different bacteria strains.

Jarro-Dophilus EPS Higher Potency - A shelf-stable probiotic supplement with 8 different bacteria strains

Leaf Origin Essential Cultures - A shelf-stable probiotic supplement with 15 different bacteria strains

MegaSporeBiotic - An all-Bacillus supplement with interesting claims

Mercola Complete Probiotics - High potency with 10 strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Lactobacillus brevis

Natren's Healthy Trinity - With Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS, Lactobacillus bulgaricus LB51 and Bifidobacterium bifidum Malyoth

NOW Probiotic-10 - High potency with 10 documented strains

PB8 - A gluten-free, dairy-free probiotic supplement with 8 different bacterial strains. No longer a Nutrition Now, Inc. product

Perfect Biotics

by Probiotic America - An industry-leading multi-species probiotic supplement?

Perfect Pass Probiotic- An allergen-free, all-Bacillus probiotic supplement.

Prescript-Assist - New formula with controversial microbes in it.

Primal Defense HSO Probiotic - Garden of Life's "Homeostatic Soil Organism" probiotic supplement. What are these HSO's and is this supplement a good one?

Probifia Pearls -  Contain only Bifidobacterium species and marketed for colon health.

Probiotic Pearls Adult 50+ - A 100% Bifidobacterium product with a patented delivery system. Marketed for digestive and colon support.

Raw Probiotics Women - An unusual supplement based on Bulgarian yogurt and milk kefir

Renadyl - A probiotic supplement with research to show its efficacy in helping chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Renew Life Ultimate Flora RTS Probiotics - Room-temperature stable probiotic supplements that are available in a variety of formulations

Renew Life Ultimate FLora RTS Colon Care - Six room-temperature Bifidobacterium strains for digestive and colon health. This supplement is discontinued as of early 2015.

Renew Life Ultimate Flora RTS Senior Care - Six room-temperature Bifidobacterium strains for digestive balance, promotion of regularity and colon support.

RepHresh Pro-B - Balances yeast and bacteria in the vagina and female areas.

Smidge Sensitive Probiotic Powder or Capsules, or Infant Powder - GutPro has a new name and look and some slight changes. These supplement contained verified strains and limited ingredients, perfect for a healthy gut.

Theralac - Does it restore regularity and regulate the immune system?

trunature Digestive Probiotic - A gluten-, dairy- and soy-free probiotic supplement with 10 billion CFU of beneficial bacteria per capsule.

Ultimate Flora Men's Complete - A high potency, 90 billion CFU, "clean" supplement for adults

Ultra Jarro-Dophilus -A potent 50 billion CFU probiotic supplement with 10 beneficial bacteria strains including BB536.

UP4 Probiotics - Multiple formulations, each containing Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1

Visbiome - A mega-probiotic for IBS, UC, HE (Hepatic encephalopathy), and Pouchitis. This formula has extensive research studies to back it.

VSL#3- A high-potency probiotic for the IBS, UC and Pouchitis. It is a different formula than pre-2016 studies show.

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Apples for Prebiotics

Dates for Prebiotics

Mushrooms as Prebiotics

Pumpkin for Prebiotics

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