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Do fermented foods contain probiotics?

Do fermented foods contain probiotics?

Kefir is...: ...naturally fermented milk, similar to yogurt, but thinner and richer in good bacteria than most yogurts. Add it to smoothies, use it on your cereal, or drink a small evening glass. ...Read more

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Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Probiotics: Yes, can be healthy, especially if you are taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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®). ...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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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

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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. ...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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Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

Yes: Of course taking foods high in probiotics may be desirable for other reasons, supplements contain a "fixed" amount of probiotics (colonies). Many of the "natural products" like yogurt may have "supplements" added to the product anyway. Your body does not know the difference ...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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Will 100 billion icus probiotics help bacterial vaginitis?

Will 100 billion icus  probiotics help bacterial vaginitis?

Unclear: Although there is a good theory that probiotics may help recurrent cases of bacterial vaginosis studies on probiotics in general have shown limited results. ...Read more

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Does oil of oregano destroy healthy bacteria probiotics?

Does oil of oregano destroy healthy bacteria probiotics?

No info: There is no info on the effect of oregano oil on probiotics but intuitively one would think not. If you are concerned about potential effect then it would make sense to temporally separate the two products by taking each well away from the other. ...Read more

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Will taking Dulcolax kill gut flora?

Will taking Dulcolax kill gut flora?

No.: it will have no effect on the gut flora. The go flora is usually affected mostly by antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotics: Probiotics may be helpful -- but yogurt drinks may not contain all the labels say they do. You might check consumerlab.Com for particular products. It's $33/year to subscribe and has been a very useful resource for me. (no, i don't work for them!). ...Read more

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Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

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

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Probiotics gives lactobacillus acidophillus & bifidobacterium. Whey: beta lactoglobulin & alpha lactalbumin. Can both provide similar benefits?

No: Probiotics and whey provide different benefits. They both have "lacto" in their names, which may be the source of your confusion. Lacto means related to milk. Lactobacillus is a bacteria that can grow in dairy products. Whey is the thin, clear liquid that is left when milk has curdled; it is high in protein. Probiotics are good for intestinal health. Whey is primarily a protein source. ...Read more

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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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What are some prebiotics for treating anxiety?

What are some prebiotics for treating anxiety?

Never heard of takin: taking probiotics for anxiety. I have heard of exercise, stress managment, meditation, visualizing success and ease with tasks. And medication to reduce anxiety. Probiotics are taken to help you stay regular in your bowel movements. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What pro-and prebiotics do you recommend, including foods and supplements?

What pro-and prebiotics do you recommend, including foods and supplements?

What symptoms U have: Your choice of probiotics (& accordingly prebiotics) may depend on what symptoms you have +/- how long on antibiotics. Also, different probiotics work in different ways. Lactobacillus & acidophilus grow rapidly to crowd out "bad" bacteria, bifidobacter helps reduce "gas", & sacchromyces boulardes retards growth of clostridum difficile with the added advantage of being antibiotic resistant. ...Read more

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What do you think about the effectiveness of prebiotic, especially LP-33 on allergies symptoms relief?

What do you think about the effectiveness of prebiotic, especially LP-33 on allergies symptoms relief?

Hard to say: There is some evidence that taking probiotic make prevent or reduce atopic dermatitis. The evidence on asthma and rhinitis is conflicting. I don't know if LP33 is any more superior to others. ...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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do you think it's a good idea to take capsules that contain live prebiotic bacteria?

Do you think it's a good idea to take capsules that contain live prebiotic bacteria?

Prebiotics: can be helpful for many conditions. However -there are many different strains . If you have a particular health issue - you would want a strain that would be helpful. It is usually best to have multiple strains with a controlled release delivery systems. Go for millions of cultures - not less. ...Read more

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Started taking bimuno and getting excess gas is this normal with prebiotics ? And will it go away

Started taking bimuno and getting excess gas is this normal with prebiotics ? And will it go away

Swap it: Hi, probiotics alter the flora of the intestinal bacteria. It's very difficult to assess who will benefit from a particular one. This is because the composition of the billions of bacteria is unique to you and we can't predict response. Most of my patients do report excess bloating ; sometimes even diarrhea when they start a new one. If it does not improve i suggest swapit ; see. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and 1 polyp was found.It was biopsied and found to be precancerous.What characteristics of a polyp make it pre.?What r prebiotics

I had a  colonoscopy and 1 polyp was found.It was biopsied and found to be precancerous.What characteristics of a polyp make it pre.?What r prebiotics

Microscopy: The pathologist who read out your polyp under the microscope spends several years learning to tell the ones that are premalignant and this would take more than 400 words. Prebiotics remain unproven as a means of reducing colon cancer risk; claims have been around for a decade without anything strong, ask your gastroenterologist about aspirin. ...Read more

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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®). ...Read more

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Will a prebiotic suppository help with vaginal itching?

Will a prebiotic suppository help with vaginal itching?

PREBIOTIC SUPPOSITORY: I DO NOT THINK THAT PREBIOTIC (OR PROBIOTIC) SUPPOSITORIES WILL HELP YOUR VAGINAL ITCH. DO SEE YOUR GYNECOLOGIST. BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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Can I use luvena prebiotic vaginal applicators while pregnant?

Can I use luvena prebiotic vaginal applicators while pregnant?

Ask your OB please: I do not like my pts putting anything in the vagina during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more