A Yeast with Probiotic Properties

When you hear the word "probiotic", the name by itself implies bacteria. Good bacteria in our small and large intestine is important to our GI health. But, there is also a lesser known yeast that can also populate the gut and have similar beneficial properties. It's called Saccharomyces boulardii. It's a non-pathogenic yeast that can be particularly beneficial for our gut health. I often use it with clients who are taking antibiotics. Because Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast and not a bacteria, antibiotics have no effect on it. It can help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea. In those individuals who have diarrhea-dominant IBS or acute diarrhea, this yeast can be particularly helpful for decreasing the frequency of loose stools. Human studies have also found that it can reduce Clostridium difficile diarrhea.