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How Often Should I 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
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
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 syndrome • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites) • Antibiotic-related diarrhea ...Read more
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
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
No perfect answer : Can take few weeks to months. It's an evolving field of science ...Read more
?species?: I think you are talking about active cultures.At the point of production, probiotics have a specified number of active cultures(in billions) and usually include a dozen or more species. I've seen some tout up to 15 b active cultures and the number is fine. After the product sits on the shelf a few months the number falls.I consider it benign, and safe. ...Read more
Highly variable: Yogurts contain many different strains of probiotics & the amount of live probiotics in yogurt is quite variable, so it is basically impossible to answer your question.While yogurt & other fermented foods like kefir & sauerkraut can be good sources of probiotics, i advise people take standardized products like culturelle & dr.Ohhira's probiotics to make sure they get therapeutic amounts.See comment:. ...Read more
No known max but...: There is no known maximum or toxic dose of probiotics. One well-researched product, vsl#3, has been given in doses of 1.8 trillion bacteria/day for a year without adverse reactions. See http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/719654_11 it is definitely ok to mix ; match- different strains have diff. Benefits ; some may help you more than others. However, more is not always better so be cautious. ...Read more
What for ??: Probiotics are organisms that usually inhabit your GI tract. Why do you think that they are somewhat depleted in your gut so that they have to be replenished by taking some external source of them. You can get some fresh yogurt with live cultures in it and that will replace your gut flora with appropriate gut gut flora. Read up on "The Human Biome". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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