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Doctor insights on: Prebiotic And Probiotic Combination

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Is there a "prebiotic" that's different from "probiotic? "

Is there a "prebiotic" that's different from "probiotic? "

Yes: While probiotics are the living bacteria that normally reside in our gut, prebiotics are the foods they eat. Prebiotics mostly come from carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You don't digest them, so the oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract where they stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, legumes, and whole grains.

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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Garlic as they say have prebiotics. Can I eat it and how long should I wait before I take yakult as a source of probiotics?

Garlic as they say have prebiotics. Can I eat it and how long should I wait before I take yakult as a source of probiotics?

Good nutrition: I think a healthy diet is an important part of overall health. Yakult is a yogurt drink that contains the "good bacteria" that help with digestion -"Probiotics". Prebiotics refer to the source fuels for these bacteria. Garlic, bananas, oatmeal, berries, onions, legumes and dairy products are some sources. I think if you "listen" to your body you can find which foods are most agreeable to you.

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Are there prebiotics or probiotics in store-bought formula for infants?

Are there prebiotics or probiotics in store-bought formula for infants?

Infant formula: There may be more that contain probiotics, but the one that I am most familiar with is the new Enfamil Reguline formula contains probiotics in it.

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Both or either.: Look at the label. Example: Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®* ("friendly" lactobacterias or LGG -probiotic). Prebiotic-carbohydrates, olygosaccharides, the food needed for the normal gut flora to grow (Example: Prebiotics in Enfagrow®).

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Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water

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How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water

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Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Infant formula: Infant formula does not contain prebiotics or probiotics. There isn't any need to put either into formula. Infants generally have normal gastrointestinal flora.

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

No...: If by probiotics you mean active bacterial cultures added to help aid digestion, then no, baby formula does not specifically contain these cultures. A newborn baby's gut becomes populated with "healthy" bacteria from its immediate environment: the birth canal, breast milk, parents' skin, its own hands & mouth, etc; and these bacteria are adjusted as the baby's diet & environment change over time.

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Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Can be used: While the jury is out in all areas of prebiotics and probiotics in infants, there have been some positive studies looking at diarrhea. It as also been found helpful for preemies in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The only concern is using them in infants that may have immune problems or seriously ill with indwelling catheters. So, while not absolutely necessary, it will not hurt.

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58yo Fem takes 500mg of Phenoxymethylpenicillin twice a day long term. Can this do more harm than good? Should she be taking probiotic/prebiotic too?

58yo Fem takes 500mg of Phenoxymethylpenicillin twice a day long term. Can this do more harm than good? Should she be taking probiotic/prebiotic too?

Antibiotic use: Yes, anytime you take an antibiotic long term it changes the gut flora and contributes to antibiotic resistance. It is always s good idea to replenish the gut flora any time you take an antibiotic shirt or long term. The best are the ones needing refrigeration

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Do prebiotics & probiotics help lower belly bloating? Taken together or separate? I am having a bloated belly and it is not from fat in my stomach

Do prebiotics & probiotics help lower belly bloating? Taken together or separate? I am having a bloated belly and it is not from fat in my stomach

Belly bloating: If your belly bloating is from candida or food allergies then pre and probiotics will definitely help. But do see your physician to rule out any other possible causes, especially if you try the pre/pro-biotics and your bloating does not decrease.

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Doctors can you tell me when should I take pre-probiotic combination?

Doctors can you tell me when should I take pre-probiotic combination?

Good idea: A "pre"biotic feeds the bacteria in the "pro"biotic, so these colonies grow and fluorish. Prebiotics consist of carbohydrate that is indigestible by humans, but which their gut bacteria love. It can help normalize the blend of bacteria in your gut. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20920376 you can take supplemental forms once daily with food, or yogurt/kefir with live cultures daily instead.

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Do probiotics really help?

Do probiotics really help?

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.

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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.

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Does probiotics really work?

Does probiotics really work?

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.

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What probiotic brands are best?

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What probiotic brands are best?

Probiotics: My favorite is Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care. Also, NOW Foods Probiotic-10. Review with your doctor first.

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How safe are probiotics vs yogurt?

How safe are probiotics vs yogurt?

Yogurt tastes better: These contain the "good organisms" living symbiotically with you. Certain condition such as use of antibiotics often kill-off too many of these good bugs and leave us more susceptible to illness from other bad bugs. Probiotics basically replace some of the loss of the good bug and hopefully restore the balance. Both are safe, but yogurts taste better? And contain calciums/vitamins. Good luck.

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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