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Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) great med for my GERD! Began Linzess & probiotic for IBS. GERD had returned worse than before. Should I discontinue Linzess and probiotic?

Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) great med for my GERD! Began Linzess & probiotic for IBS. GERD had returned worse than before. Should I discontinue Linzess and probiotic?

Not probiotics: Doubt probiotics is causing the GERD exacerbation. Check with the doctor who prescribed you the Linzess. I am not aware that it should cause GERD worsening either. Perhaps you have changed your eating habit recently too? ...Read more

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I have bad upper intestinal gas and bloat from IBS diet had been changed and probiotic taken daily. Why does simethicone and fennel tea make it worse?

I have bad upper intestinal gas and bloat from IBS diet had been changed and probiotic taken daily. Why does simethicone and fennel tea make it worse?

Every person is uniq: Uniquely different. Bloating and gas is from swallowing air. Try not to swallow or gulp. Intentionally breath calmly and make only small swallows but gas can be painful. See a gastroenterologist and ask their opinion. If simethicone and fennel tea make it worse - don't eat or drink those things. ...Read more

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What's your thoughts of vls3 probiotic? Would it help ibs?

What's your thoughts of vls3 probiotic? Would it help ibs?

Maybe: I would consider a high fiber diet as well. High fiber may help the cramping and constipation as well as diarrhea associated with ibs. ...Read more

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What's a good probiotic you trust. I have ibs & like to see if would help?

What's a good probiotic you trust. I have ibs & like to see if would help?

It should!: The qualities of a good probiotic are the number of good bacteria per capsule and the number of species of good bacteria! 10 billion with ten strains is what to try for! Would be hard to overdose. Some have 50 billion good bacteria, but you pay for it! Healthy for the microbiome-the world inside you ...Read more

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Any advice on what is a good probiotic? Trying to help my ibs. Keep it neutral.

Consider probiotic: With controlled release delivery system, multiple strains and million of cultures (or more). ...Read more

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What is the best probiotic to take if you have ibs? (Safest and most effective)

What is the best probiotic to take if you have ibs? (Safest and most effective)

Probiotics: The jury is still out whether Probiotics really helps IBS or is it placebo. Let's see if it hold up to further studies and scrutiny ...Read more

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Is it good to take a probiotic? Heard conflicting advice plus I have IBS among other things. Tyvm

Is it good to take a probiotic? Heard conflicting advice plus I have IBS among other things. Tyvm

Generally yes but...: I don't think the average person needs to take probiotics regularly though I recommend foods with probiotics like sauerkraut and kefir.
However, those with IBS and those with imbalanced flora due to antibiotics etc. Benefit. There are many types of probiotics and different types work for diff. Folks and conditions. See https://draxe. Com/probiotics-benefits-foods-supplements/
Many good books too. ...Read more

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Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Probiotic align or culturelle? Difference, pros, cons? For ibs. Thanks a lot.

Probiotic align or culturelle? Difference, pros, cons? For ibs. Thanks a lot.

What sxs to fix?: Your choice of probiotics may depend on what symptoms you have, ; whether you are on antibiotics. Also, different probiotics work in different ways. Lactobacillus and acidophilus grow rapidly to crowd out "bad" bacteria, bifidobacter helps reduce "gas", and sacchromyces boulardes retards the growth of clostridum difficile and has the added advantage of being relatively antibiotic resistant. ...Read more

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I have ibs. Have taken healthy trinity probiotic for years. Bought align. Do I need to also take healthy trinity (acidophulus)?

I have ibs. Have taken healthy trinity probiotic for years. Bought align. Do I need to also take healthy trinity (acidophulus)?

Align: Is one of the better probiotics and there is no need to but no harm in taking the acidophyllus as well. ...Read more

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I have a history of ibs and divercular disease I take probiotics and feel that they help, but I want to know is it safe to take them on daily basis?

I have a history of ibs and divercular disease I take probiotics and feel that they help, but I want to know is it safe to take them on daily basis?

Yes: They are safe to take daily. In fact they come in different strains. You may want to alternate types so as not to get an overgrowth of just one type.
You can after a few weeks do without them for awhile. Your good bacteria have been repopulated and can survive without more probiotics. ...Read more

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A good probiotic that is both gluten and diary free for IBS-C? Thanks

A good probiotic that is both gluten and diary free for IBS-C? Thanks

Go to a GNC store: You want a probiotic without any dairy products in its formulation. If you go Tia GNC store they will be able to find you something that fits your requirements. ...Read more

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How many probiotics (10 billion capsules) per day do you recommend for IBS (diarrhea)?

How many probiotics (10 billion capsules) per day do you recommend for IBS (diarrhea)?

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better. It safer to look for mixed probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have tried everything to help with IBS in pharmaceuticals with no luck would a probiotic be a better route?

Yes: Thus far, the best studied probiotic for ibs has the the name brand "align". Take one a day for a month - if symptoms don't improve by then, continuing further will not help. ...Read more

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How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

Varies: Probiotics alone may not be the only answer. You may have a gluten problem and may have to change your diet to gluten free. Everyone reacts differently to these changes and it may take one person longer than another to see results. I would see a dr. Well versed in nutrition. Stress is also a source of ibs triggers. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from IBS-D. I can't take milk at all. Can I take Align probiotic as it said it contains milk in its packet. Please suggest......

I'm suffering from IBS-D. I can't take milk at all. Can I take Align probiotic as it said it contains milk in its packet. Please suggest......

It depends.: ... on how severe your lactose intolerance is and how much milk is actually in the product. If you decide to try it, I would begin with only one capsule at a time, and adjust it accordingly if you're able to tolerate it. Alternatively, you could try a different probiotic. It is also not clear that probiotics in general will help you. It may be worth a try though. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best probiotic to use if you have ibs? Also what would be the best medicine? (if I decide to go that route) somewhat frequent diarrhea

What is the best probiotic to use if you have ibs? Also what would be the best medicine? (if I decide to go that route) somewhat frequent diarrhea

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better. It is better to look for mixed probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. Another type of doc may answer this question too and address conventional medications. ...Read more

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I think I've got IBS. Been taking probiotics a cpl of days. Pain gone BUT I seem to have acid reflux now. Is this common? What can I do to offset it?

I think I've got IBS. Been taking probiotics a cpl of days. Pain gone BUT I seem to have acid reflux now. Is this common? What can I do to offset it?

Consider first: Making sure nothing more concerning is going on and that you have the correct diagnosis. This requires you seeing your doctor in person first. Otherwise, if you really are interested in going the route of probiotics, consider either changing the brand use you or change to a probiotic with a different strain. The best data (none is great) if for Bifidobacterium infantis. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's worth buying probiotic suppliments for IBS treatment?

Can you explain if it's worth buying probiotic suppliments for IBS treatment?

Probiotics have: Been shown to help many patients with ibs but all probiotics are not the same nor helpful. I use florastor or align and tell patients to avoid the others in healthfood stores that have not been tested or proven as the 2 above have. ...Read more

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Is taking probiotics good for IBS and too much passing gas?

Yes: Also watching your diet. If certain types of food give you more symptoms, cut down on them. Its typically associated with high fiber foods, raw food, and green vegetables. You can search over the web and get the info on those. Eat small portions and avoid eating too much at a time. If symptoms don't improve see a GI doc. ...Read more

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What probiotic would work best for gas caused from ibs? Currently take acidophilus

What probiotic would work best for gas caused from ibs? Currently take acidophilus

All not powerful: You want to try different ones and see what is best for you. From joghurt to kefir to health food store tablets. Keep in mind that all are not too powerful.

See what is best for you, there is no exact science. Florastor is one that I have seen to be helpful. ...Read more

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What is a diet to help with IBS and is there a over-the-counter medication I'm taking fiber and probiotics I got constapation form of ibs?

What is a diet to help with IBS and is there a over-the-counter medication I'm taking fiber and probiotics I got constapation form of ibs?

It depends: It's not easy to find the right diet when you have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). Eating certain foods can cause major discomfort for people with ibs, but figuring out which foods cause the symptoms is a highly individual process. ...Read more

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Suffering from diarrhea IBS no medicines seems to work so I have started taking yakult drink which is a probiotic drink, is that a good idea?

Suffering from diarrhea IBS no medicines seems to work so I have started taking yakult drink which is a probiotic drink, is that a good idea?

IBS: Is caused often by increased activity of the complex nervous system around the bowel. The commonest cause, by far, is poor diet, especially sugar. A good probiotic is helpful. ...Read more

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more