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Doctor insights on: How Often Should I Take Probiotics

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Who should take probiotics?

Who should take probiotics?

Most people: I am an advocate of probiotics. The gut lining has a difficult time maintaining the balance of healthy bacteria with stress, disease, poor sleep, poor nutrition, antibiotic or medication use. Recent studies have shown benefits even pregnant patients. Probiotics can help with immune function, regulate constipation/diarrhea, bloating, help with GI diseases and even skin conditions. ...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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How long do probiotics take to work?

How long do probiotics take to work?

Probiotics: They begin to work within the day of consumption. ...Read more

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When should someone take probiotics?

When should someone take probiotics?

Probiotics Use: I commend you for your desire to have good Health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for digestive system. Probiotics can be helpful for • Irritable bowel syndromeInflammatory bowel disease (IBD) • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites) • Antibiotic-related diarrhea ...Read more

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What's the best brand probiotic to take?

What's the best brand probiotic to take?

Probiotic of Choice: I often recommend Jarrow due to it's quality and the fact it doesn't need refrigeration. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take too much probiotics?

Is it possible to take too much probiotics?

Probiotics: While mostly harmless, you should follow the directions of the manufacturer of the brand you are taking to decide on the maximum you should take in a day. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to take probiotics every day?

Is it healthy to take probiotics every day?

Probiotics: Hi Isaac, my understanding is that taking probiotics daily can be beneficial. Such as the yogurt variety. However, there are many supplements and dietary products out there so be careful. In addition, you may have certain medical/dietary concerns unaccounted for. My recommendation is to discuss your probiotics with your PCP and/or a registered dietitian/nutritionist to confirm. ...Read more

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What is the best brand of probiotics to take?

What is the best brand of probiotics to take?

No single best: This is like asking what is the best drug for hypertension or the best wine. There is no single best brand and different brands work best for given individuals and conditions. Here are independent ratings of many brands- all rated A or A- are excellent: https://labdoor.com/rankings/probiotics A different ranking: http://tinyurl.com/zxlsalj I also like OrthoBiotic from Orthomolecular Products. ...Read more

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Which is now the top probiotic formula to take?

That suits wallet: Any that suits the wallet. Plain yogurt , in my opinion is good enough. ...Read more

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And does it matter which probiotic I should take?

Yes: Probiotics have little to no value in a healthy gut, but if you are on antibiotics, suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or diarrhea, then the probiotics should have at leat one billion colonies each of several different bacteria such as lactobacillus. ...Read more