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Doctor insights on: Lactobacilli And Probiotics

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Yogurt with acidophilus and bifidus good for yeast infection?

Yogurt with acidophilus and bifidus good for yeast infection?

When taken orally: It may be beneficial. Otc meds include Monistat (miconzole), vagistat-1 (tioconazole), femstat (butoconazole) (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or mycelex( clotrimazole). ...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 some yogurts with live cultures or lactobacillus acidophilus supplements?

What are some yogurts with live cultures or lactobacillus acidophilus supplements?

Stonyfield,Culturele: If you really want the benefits of lactobacillus acidophilus i advise taking it as a supplement, as most yogurts have little if any live cultures. Stonyfield farms is one brand that does have live cultures. For supplements good brands include culturelle, bio-k+, primal defense, dr. Ohirra's & probiotic pearls. See http://www.Probiotic-info.Com/probiotic-supplements-compared/ for more info. ...Read more

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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans in gut and vagina?

Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans in gut and vagina?

No: Lactobacillus species are in cultured unpasteurized yogurt. In your gut you have hundreds or thousands of different organisms all in competition with each other, including candida. When the relative numbers of these are disturbed the candida can be there in greater number & more likely to produce infection elsewhere. The lactobacilli may, by competition, decrease the number of candida. ...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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Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Not really: Probiotics include many species, some of which may be acidophilus. ...Read more

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Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

Will taking vitamins and eating yogurt daily cure and prevent bacterial vaginosis?

It can help prevent: It but not cure it once you have it u need antibiotics either vaginal cream, vagina supp or oral pills, the yogurt must have active acidophilus cultures or u can get acidolphilus pills at any drugstore or probiotics but u must take them every day also heat and humidity in the vulva- vaginal area contribute to vaginosis, air and dryness are good. ...Read more

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Can I take bacillus clausii instead of lactobacillus to normalize the gut flora?

Can I take bacillus clausii instead of lactobacillus to normalize the gut flora?

Neither: The normal flora of the gut is a combination of hundreds of different bacteria, and taking any one particular strain will not "normalize" the gut flora, it will just change it. Contrary to many sites that promote the use of various probiotic supplements, we are currently only at the beginning of understanding whether probiotics help with anything. Use cautiously! ...Read more

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Can lactobacillus acidophilus supplements cause cavities?

Can lactobacillus acidophilus supplements cause cavities?

Probably not: The main cavity causing bacteria is streptococcus mutans. They take in sugars from our diet and convert it to acid which in turn, eats away at the enamel of teeth. Good brushing habits and smart eating habits like minimizing ones refined sugar consumption are the best line of defense against developing cavities. Also, a regular dental check up and Fluoride treatment can help keep decay at bay. ...Read more

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Does probiotic yogurt help with gerd?

Does probiotic yogurt help with gerd?

Probiotic Yogurt: is like a drop in the ocean for gerd and other conditions. Use a probiotic from the health food store. Dr. Ohira's is a good brand. In general, look for a VARIETY of strains in the product rather than highest numbers in terms of strength. DGL is another good product but no space left. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?

Candidal overgrowth: This urban myth has not been scientifically proven, but it has not been disproved. The "balance" between bacterial flora and yeast cells in the intestinal tract (colon) is generally regulated by what you eat. If you choose to add unpasteurized yogurt to your diet it may well change the character of your stools, since it contains lactobacilli. Same available as a probiotic for oral use. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Probably not: Probiotics help prevent yeast infections, and can make them less severe when u get them and less often, but probiotics will not treat yeast infections, once u get an infection u need otc or script meds to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

All have them.: If the ada says it is real yogurt with active cultures, then you have your probiotics, but others tout specific strains of bifidus and lactobacilli as being better. There is little hard evidence that this is the case. ...Read more

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When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

Little difference: Probiotics have had a lot of good press in recent years, but scientific proof behind them is weak. Yogurt or kefir probably will have no effect; theie bacteria do not survive in human intestines. None of these will do any harm; use whatever works best for you. But you don't need to do much; normal bacteria will repopulate naturally in a few weeks, with no special treatment. ...Read more

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Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Probiotics: Most people don't need probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics, since the normal bacterial flora of the gut repopulates rapidly after stopping antibiotics. If you have a history of C. difficile, it may be useful to take probiotics, however. Otherwise, studies do not support their routine use. Having said that, there are not usually many side effects, if you do decide to try them. Good luck ...Read more

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CSA and OATS tests show high levels of lactobacillus in small intestine. and colon, low bifido in colon. Should i take probiotics with lactobacillus?

CSA and OATS tests show high levels of lactobacillus in small intestine. and colon, low bifido in colon. Should i take probiotics with lactobacillus?

Any symptoms?: What do you expect the probiotics to do for you. There is little objective evidence for the usefulness of such treatments. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

Are probiotics good to help keep away vaginal yeast infections?

It is possible: Risks have been identified and include mild gas and bloating, possible bacterial infection and possible overstimulation of the immune system in families with infants, the cost and taste may be prohibitive as well more serious concerns are potential changes in growth parameters of infants with large amounts of probiotic supplementation, unhealthy changes in metabolism. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bifidobacterium infantis and bifidobacterium lactis (probiotics)?

What are the differences between bifidobacterium infantis and bifidobacterium lactis (probiotics)?

Probiotics: Bifidobacterium infantis is a probiotic bacterium found in many breast-fed babies. It can be found in breast milk and it has anti-inflammatory effects. Bifidobacterium lactis is probiotic that can be found in fermented milk products. It has beneficial effects on the intestines. ...Read more