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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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Can you tell me if i could use probiotic without asking doctor?

Can you tell me if i could use probiotic without asking doctor?

Yes : Sure you can. Two caveats: If you are prescribed a course of antibiotics by a physician, be sure to tell him/her about your probiotic usage. Also, when asked what medications and supplements you take, be sure to mention the probiotic. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors, Is it correct that consuming probiotics makes our body not to produce good bacteria? Thanks.

Hi Doctors, Is it correct that consuming probiotics makes our body not to produce good bacteria? Thanks.

Not even close: making the laughable assumptions that probiotics have living bacteria in them, that they somehow get through the stomach acid into the colon. 1) the body doesn't make bacteria. Bacteria sit on the outside.. on skin, in colon, any place they can get to. 2) probiotics are by definition good bacteria. If it's bad bacteria then it's called "food poisoning". ...Read more

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Is probiotic powder effective?Is buttermilk or curd a probiotic?Any natural probiotics?Doc has asked me to take probiotics but need a reliable brand

Is probiotic powder effective?Is buttermilk or curd a probiotic?Any natural probiotics?Doc has asked me to take probiotics but need a reliable brand

Perhaps, marketing: yet few clinical trials, little reliable data. Like many OTC products, labels does not even match the contents. While some data about probiotic benefits with clostridium difficile & ulcerative colitis exists, few reliable brands. Thus natural fermented products likely a better option for now. Study the: "Human Microbiome Project" for insights; >another decade to sort out some of the complexity. ...Read more

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Is rephresh probiotic effective ? Is it doctor recommended

Is rephresh probiotic effective ? Is it doctor recommended

Good questions: I believe in the value of probiotics for a host of health related concerns. That being said, which brands, which organisms, which concentrations, etc are best for a given individual are often not readily determined. If you have significant symptoms you are addressing I suggest you consult with a physician. ...Read more

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I've had very foul discharge for over a year. Went to doctors and she said I should take probiotics, but what more can I do? (it's not bv)

I've had very foul discharge for over a year. Went to doctors and she said I should take probiotics, but what more can I do? (it's not bv)

Odor: Probiotics might help, but a product called rephresh ph may as well. Organic yogurt douches may help (home made yogurt mixed with sterile water to make slurry inserted into the vagina). I also recommend avoiding thong underwear (increased BV and e coli infections), underwear off at night to allow perineum to dry out, wiping front to back and no unprotected anal sex. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I take pre-probiotic combination?

Doctors can you tell me when should I take pre-probiotic combination?

Good idea: A "pre"biotic feeds the bacteria in the "pro"biotic, so these colonies grow and fluorish. Prebiotics consist of carbohydrate that is indigestible by humans, but which their gut bacteria love. It can help normalize the blend of bacteria in your gut. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20920376 you can take supplemental forms once daily with food, or yogurt/kefir with live cultures daily instead. ...Read more

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Was successfully treated for c diff in Aug. Doc said to take probiotics for the rest of my life. Can I stop if I replace pills with other probiotic?

Was successfully treated for c diff in Aug. Doc said to take probiotics for the rest of my life. Can I stop if I replace pills with other probiotic?

Yes, however...: I question the need to take probiotics the rest of your life. Once you have re-established healthy flora it should be maintained by a healthy diet (which can include yogurt/sauerkraut & other foods with friendly flora). But I'd be very cautious to take antibiotics only when absolutely essential & be careful in the choice of antibiotics. Take large doses of probiotics during & after antibiotic Rx. ...Read more