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Doctor insights on: Flora Smart Probiotics

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I have been taking probiotics & fiber smart for my constapation it gets better and comes back i think it's IBS is there a certain diet I should be eat?

I have been taking probiotics & fiber smart for my constapation it gets better and comes back i think it's IBS is there a certain diet I should be eat?

Foods to avoid : You should be avoiding dairy, bananas, rice and drinking plenty of fluids. Try and see if it helps with a problem. ...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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Can i take biox4 for my digestive sustem and renew womens ultimate flora probiotics for my female issues at the same time?

Can i take biox4 for my digestive sustem and renew womens ultimate flora probiotics for my female issues at the same time?

Yes: No problem at all. There are many varieties of probiotics and they have a variety of benefits and it is safe and beneficial to take a variety of strains. There is no known negative interactions between different types of probiotics and no negative interactions between probiotics and medications. ...Read more

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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

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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

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

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Will probiotics decrease the efficacy of antibiotics, such as doxycyline, by renewing the gut flora, therefore 'using up' the antibiotic in the gut?

Will probiotics decrease the efficacy of antibiotics, such as doxycyline, by renewing the gut flora, therefore 'using up' the antibiotic in the gut?

No, not at all: Not in the slightest. The concentration of the antibiotic in the blood (or wherever it is meant to be effective) will not be changed by taking a probiotic. ...Read more

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Are there doctors that perform fecal transplant after a cdiff infection to restore normal flora. My gut is not good after a year. Probiotics no help:?

Are there doctors that perform fecal transplant after a cdiff infection to restore normal flora. My gut is not good after a year. Probiotics no help:?

Yes: Ronald hoffman, md, of the hoffman center in nyc does not do this procedure but has explained it on the air and in his podcasts. Perhaps his office can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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After a few round of antibiotics, my gut flora is shot. antibiotics by mouth give me bad watery stools. What is the best probiotic to restore gutflora?

After a few round of antibiotics, my gut flora is shot. antibiotics by mouth give me bad watery stools. What is the best probiotic to restore gutflora?

Any: first make sure diarrhea is not caused by super infection. You can take any probiotic that you can afford. They all work the same. Add yogurt drinks like Kefir that have probiotics in them. ...Read more

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What do ProBiotics do?

What do ProBiotics do?

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. ...Read more

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Probiotics . Good for u?

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. ...Read more

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Is probiotic a medicine?

Is probiotic a medicine?

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. ...Read more