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Pomona, CA
A 19-year-old male asked:

what do probiotics do?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Restore gut flora: We have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, most of which are friendly & support digestion, improve immune function, affect weight, influence gene expression etc. Antibiotics can kill many friendly bacteria, creating a serious long-term disruption of our flora. Probioitcs can help restore the balance friendly microbes in our GI tract. See http://bit.ly/1lbM1xS for more info.

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San Diego, CA
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.
Mountain View, CA
A 29-year-old female asked:

Who should take probiotics?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Most people: I am an advocate of probiotics. The gut lining has a difficult time maintaining the balance of healthy bacteria with stress, disease, poor sleep, poor nutrition, antibiotic or medication use. Recent studies have shown benefits even pregnant patients. Probiotics can help with immune function, regulate constipation/diarrhea, bloating, help with GI diseases and even skin conditions.
Boulder, CO
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can probiotics cause fatigue?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
No: They are harmless.
Singapore
A 20-year-old female asked:

Is probiotic a medicine?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health. Natural med.

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