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I heard that probiotics taken daily have not been proven to be very useful (body attacks them as not its own flora) . True?

I heard that probiotics taken daily have not been proven to be very useful (body attacks them as not its own flora) . True?

ProbioticsPrebiotics: It's not easy to alter intestinal flora (bacteria) with probiotics alone. Even probiotic (healthy bacteria) have to eat. Your diet, environmental exposure, antibiotic usage can all alter your "microbiome." there is some evidence that even "dead" or expired probiotic formulations are helpful. Horizontal gene transfer (swapping of genes between bacteria) can still occur, thus conferring benefit. ...Read more

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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What are the Benefits and cons of daily use of Flora baby probiotics for a 2 year old? It claims immune support is that true?

What are the Benefits and cons of daily use of Flora baby probiotics for a 2 year old? It claims immune support is that true?

Claims are forbidden: The FDA strictly forbids advertisement of dietary supplements with 'claims' of any sort. Probiotics are generally considered to be safe and beneficial for overall GI health, but be wary of any product that claims to cure or prevent disease. ...Read more

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How can probiotics update gut flora?

How can probiotics update gut flora?

Variable per person: Your question is excellent, but the response is individualized based on a patient's goals with probiotics. GI transit time, diet, use of probiotics, co-morbidities that may require use of antibiotics or other medications that affect gut flora, as well as the underlying pathology found in the gut may all alter benefit. Typically your "back to normal" in 3-4 days w/lots of probiotics to choose from. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat imbalance of gut flora , is it best to change your diet as well as supplementing with probiotics?

What is the best way to treat  imbalance of gut flora , is it best to change your diet as well  as supplementing with probiotics?

Diet,herbs,probiotic: Canidida & unfriendly flora thrive on sugars, so a low-sugar & starch diet helps, as well as high vegetable fiber intake, as this breaks down into beneficial prebiotics & short chain fatty acids. I advise taking herbs to kill dysbiotic microbes, such as garlic, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, uva ursi & berberine extract, as well as a quality probiotic. It may take a few months of treatment. ...Read more

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Can a probiotic cause smelly vagina and tingling ? I have already been tested for clamydia and flora cultures and all came back fine

Antibiotics lately?: One cause, as you suggest, may be an alteration in the flora that colonize your vagina (this is typically seen with recent antibiotic use). Probiotics, on the other hand, alter the flora of the gut. As such, probiotics would not be expected to impact significantly the vaginal flora unless there is cross contamination or a fistulous connection between the two otherwise unconnected spaces. ...Read more

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Ive read conflicting info on probiotics to heal gut. Yes, if gut flora is just off, but may make SIBO worse? No holistic dr by me, trying to heal self

Ive read conflicting info on probiotics to heal gut. Yes, if gut flora is just off, but may make SIBO worse? No holistic dr by me, trying to heal self

Depends on probiotic: It's complicated. There are many different probiotics and some common ones may aggravate SIBO. Prescript-Assist and Sacchromyces Boulardii are likely to help. See http://chriskresser.com/treating-sibo-cold-thermogenisis-and-when-to-take-probiotics and scroll down to the section on "The most effective treatment for SIBO" for a good discussion of treatment by a reliable authority. Good luck! ...Read more

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My father got cdiff while in the hosp, why don't drs prescribe probiotics more frequent to increase the good flora when on strong antibiotics?

My father got cdiff while in the hosp, why don't drs prescribe probiotics more frequent to increase the good flora when on strong antibiotics?

Unproven: While some studies show possible benefit from probiotics more studies show an inconclusive benefit. It appears that active antibiotic use destroys the helpful bacteria in probiotics making them useless. In rare cases, probiotics have become unfriendly and caused unusual infections in people with weak immune systems. Probiotics may have a more useful role after antibiotic are stopped. ...Read more

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If gut flora is killed by antibiotics, do you have to take probiotics forever or just until balance is back? Can gut flora thrive again on their own?

If gut flora is killed by antibiotics, do you have to take probiotics forever or just until balance is back? Can gut flora thrive again on their own?

Post-antibx flora: Many antibiotics are non-specific as to what bacteria they kill. When your normal gut flora is depleted by antibiotics you may be at risk for opportunistic pathogens. A very common one is clostridium difficile (C.Diff). Probiotics will replete your flora with desirable organisms, but long term use is not required--once probiotics are discontinued, the flora which are unique to you will repopulate. ...Read more