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The Shaky Science of Probiotic Supplements

You may be better off with kimchi and kombucha

Photo by Roger Harris/Science Photo Library for Getty Images

The human body is home to trillions of microorganisms. They carpet the skin, coat the nose and mouth, and saturate the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers have long recognized that these microbes — particularly the ones in the gut — play a role in human health. But it wasn’t until June 2012 that the veil was truly…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

Slow Health is my column on living a richer and healthier life. I’m a long-time contributor at Time and other publications. I live in Germany.