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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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I've been having fatigue, constipation, belching, and getting full fast when i eat. My GI doc says to just take probiotics. Does that make sense?

I've been having fatigue, constipation, belching, and getting full fast when i eat. My GI doc says to just take probiotics. Does that make sense?

Abd, bowel symptoms: Well you can get full easily if you are contipated, but you are also 39 yo and unfortunately we are seeing colon cancer in younger pts.If you have a change in bowel habits, fatique, and belching you could have a number of things: peptic ulcer which is bleeding, or colon/stomach cancer.Best to have your primary md draw some blood to macke sure not anemic and get scoped both upper and lower gi. ...Read more

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Seen by dentist no oral problems, also ENT found nothing finally a GI says acid reflux & chronic constipation will probiotics eliminate feces breath?

Try tongue scraping: Most oral malodor comes from the coating on most people's tongue. We have a scanning device which makes this visible. We provide all necessary oral care devices for our patients without charge. ...Read more

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No bm in 8 days. Take daily probiotics, stool softeners, & miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stomach looks large and in some pain. What should I do? Have appt w GI dr this wk.

No bm in 8 days. Take daily probiotics, stool softeners, & miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stomach looks large and in some pain. What should I do? Have appt w GI dr this wk.

GI good idea: It sounds like you are doing all the things that you should on your part. You may could ask your gi, if apt not until later in week, if they would be ok with you trying a fleet enema, (sodium bisphosphate) but with colitis (depending on the type), you really should have that discussion with your GI doc....Sooner than later. ...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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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more