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Do (lactose free) probiotics help with gastritis? Also, do they provide any benefit for the elderly?

Do (lactose free) probiotics help with gastritis? Also, do they provide any benefit for the elderly?

Yes, esp. if...: Most cases of gastritis are caused by H. pylori. This is usually treated with antibiotics (though herbs like Mastic Gum can work as well). Probiotics are important for both helping to eliminate H. Pylori & for re-establishing healthy flora. Probiotics can be beneficial for people of any age as healthy flora is essential for good health. See http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/gastritis ...Read more

Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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Can probiotics be taken by someone who is lactose intolerant?

Can probiotics be taken by someone who is lactose intolerant?

Yes: Lactose intolerance means you don't have the enzymes to breakdown lactose- this means your intestinal bacteria will do it for you, resulting in gas, bloating and diarrhea. There is no contra-indication to consuming probiotics...just don't think it will actually allow you to consume lactose containing products. You will end up with the same symptoms of lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Do probiotics help process lactose? I noticed that the weeks I drank yogurt with probiotics I was able to tolerate products with lactose I wouldn't normally be able to consume without taking Lactaid pills.

Do probiotics help process lactose? I noticed that the weeks I drank yogurt with probiotics I was able to tolerate products with lactose I wouldn't normally be able to consume without taking Lactaid pills.

Very Good!: While scientific evidence regarding the use of probiotics in treating lactose intolerance is quite mixed, in the general population, since it seem to be working in you, I would be tempted to continue it for now. . See attached. ...Read more

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Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

The Align: Probiotics are commonly recommended to restore/maintain healthy gut flora. I am not so sure this will help directly with lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Hi dr I'd like to ask about kefir and probiotics and if is it allowed in dairy diet for lactose intolerance patient?

Hi dr
      I'd like to ask about kefir and probiotics and if is it allowed in dairy diet for lactose intolerance patient?

Probably: Probiotic usually contains no dairy. The amount of lactose is usually much lower in yogurt such as kefir but I have found that the more liquidy yogurt may not be tolerated by some lactose-intolerant people and thus you will have to find out yourself as to which brand or type of yogurt you can tolerate. Another approach would be taking lactase tab prior to consuming dairy. ...Read more

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I lactose intollerant, can I take probiotic lactobacilus ? Or it will trigger my allergy ?

I lactose intollerant, can I take probiotic lactobacilus ? Or it will trigger my allergy ?

Lactose intolerance: I see your confusion but lactobacillus is a probiotic bacteria, not a sugar. Lactose intolerance (difficulty digesting milk sugar) can be secondary to lactase enzyme deficiency, or due to a bigger problem of small bowel inflammation, infection, infiltrative disease, and/or maldigestion. Don't assume its lactose intolerance unless tested, or at least assessed response to lactase enzyme replacement. ...Read more

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Which probiotic strain is best for post antibiotic (flagyl-cipro) therapy of sibo. Also highly lactose intol. Sibo symptoms returned very quickly.

Which probiotic strain is best for post antibiotic (flagyl-cipro) therapy of sibo. Also highly lactose intol. Sibo symptoms returned very quickly.

Probiotics: There are several high potency probiotics available, such as klaire complete, and orthobiotic, two of my favorites. A good post antibiotic restorative probiotic should have at least 4 strains of acidophillus and bifido bacteris, and a friendly competitor for candida, like florastor. Ortho biotic has all of those in one supplement. The other thing to look for is billions of cfu (cocloies). ...Read more

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Why do I get a stomach ache when i eat greek yogurt? Does that mean I have lactose intolerance? Can it be because of the live culture and probiotics

Why do I get a stomach ache when i eat greek yogurt? Does that mean I have lactose intolerance?  Can it be because of the live culture and probiotics

It's possible: Call your discuss to discuss this. Or eliminate all dairies &see what happens but remember that you will need something to substitute it so you get enough calcium. ...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