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Latero Flora Probiotic
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
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
Can i take biox4 for my digestive sustem and renew womens ultimate flora probiotics for my female issues at the same time?
Yes: No problem at all. There are many varieties of probiotics and they have a variety of benefits and it is safe and beneficial to take a variety of strains. There is no known negative interactions between different types of probiotics and no negative interactions between probiotics and medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ive read conflicting info on probiotics to heal gut. Yes, if gut flora is just off, but may make SIBO worse? No holistic dr by me, trying to heal self
Depends on probiotic: It's complicated. There are many different probiotics and some common ones may aggravate SIBO. Prescript-Assist and Sacchromyces Boulardii are likely to help. See http://chriskresser.com/treating-sibo-cold-thermogenisis-and-when-to-take-probiotics and scroll down to the section on "The most effective treatment for SIBO" for a good discussion of treatment by a reliable authority. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father got cdiff while in the hosp, why don't drs prescribe probiotics more frequent to increase the good flora when on strong antibiotics?
Unproven: While some studies show possible benefit from probiotics more studies show an inconclusive benefit. It appears that active antibiotic use destroys the helpful bacteria in probiotics making them useless. In rare cases, probiotics have become unfriendly and caused unusual infections in people with weak immune systems. Probiotics may have a more useful role after antibiotic are stopped. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If gut flora is killed by antibiotics, do you have to take probiotics forever or just until balance is back? Can gut flora thrive again on their own?
Post-antibx flora: Many antibiotics are non-specific as to what bacteria they kill. When your normal gut flora is depleted by antibiotics you may be at risk for opportunistic pathogens. A very common one is clostridium difficile (C.Diff). Probiotics will replete your flora with desirable organisms, but long term use is not required--once probiotics are discontinued, the flora which are unique to you will repopulate. ...Read more
Will probiotics decrease the efficacy of antibiotics, such as doxycyline, by renewing the gut flora, therefore 'using up' the antibiotic in the gut?
Are there doctors that perform fecal transplant after a cdiff infection to restore normal flora. My gut is not good after a year. Probiotics no help:?
Yes: Ronald hoffman, md, of the hoffman center in nyc does not do this procedure but has explained it on the air and in his podcasts. Perhaps his office can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Restore gut flora: We have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, most of which are friendly & support digestion, improve immune function, affect weight, influence gene expression etc. Antibiotics can kill many friendly bacteria, creating a serious long-term disruption of our flora. Probioitcs can help restore the balance friendly microbes in our GI tract. See http://bit.ly/1lbM1xS for more info. ...Read more
Probably good: However, people respond to probiotic differently to the same strain of probiotics . Some conditions appear to respond to one and not the other. While the issues are far from resolved, i would be inclined to think that it does more good than harm overall. I myself take one daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Replace bacteria: healthy for humans; in many areas of our body, skin, intestinal tract, perineal area, etc. While human cells contain about 30,000 genes, adult humans carry over a 1,000,000 genes, the additional ones being part of the human microbiome, a slowly evolving area of research & understanding due to the fantastic complexity of which bacteria are symbiotic, commensal &/or pathologic in what locations. ...Read more
Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Help with what?: Probiotics MAY help. They are usually still alive, if stored properly all the time from production, through shipping, to being on the store shelf. The living microorganisms get weaker and die over time. The problem is that nobody can really tell how much live material was in the package to start, how much is alive when one buys it, how much survives at home, nor how much goes to one's intestine. ...Read more
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
Very: In this era of frequent antibiotic use and poor dietary habits, probiotics help replete the body's natural flora. They help prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and keep fungal growth also at a healthy level. There have been studies also proving that probiotics contribute to intestinal health and digestion and regularity. But just like everything else, all things should be done in moderation. ...Read more
Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Look for multiple strain products. ...Read more