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A 55-year-old male asked:

probiotics . good for u?

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
Listen to your body: There are all kinds and some may contain heavy metals that are not good. If one has recently taken antibiotics probiotics can be helpful to prevent clostridia and overgrowth with bad bacteria but eating 6 servings of vegetables fresh or lightly steamed and eating one apple a day promotes a healthy bacterial flora. Dairy, wheat, and sugar grow inflammatory bacteria.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Probably good: However, people respond to probiotic differently to the same strain of probiotics . Some conditions appear to respond to one and not the other. While the issues are far from resolved, i would be inclined to think that it does more good than harm overall. I myself take one daily.

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Whats best problotic pill?

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Dr. William Pawluk
Holistic Medicine 51 years experience
See full answer: There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the circumstances for which they're being used. It's likely that you will need different probiotics following gastrointestinal infections, with the use of antibiotics, with irritable bowel, leaky gut or inflammatory bowel, etc. See http://www.Klaire.Com/probiotics_cat.Htm for a list of options. A good basic option is iflora, well balanced.
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A 64-year-old male asked:

How effective are probiotics?

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Very: In this era of frequent antibiotic use and poor dietary habits, probiotics help replete the body's natural flora. They help prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and keep fungal growth also at a healthy level. There have been studies also proving that probiotics contribute to intestinal health and digestion and regularity. But just like everything else, all things should be done in moderation.
A 38-year-old male asked:

What's the probiotics?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are probiotics a scam treatment?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: They are definitely good medicine in some conditions. Probiotic meds are even used in the hospital for some causes of diarrhea.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

Wat is a good trusted probiotic u recommend?

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Dr. William Zachary
Wilderness Medicine 25 years experience
I'm fond of...: I'm fond of florastor, though yogurt or buttermilk with live active cultures would likely work just as well.

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