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Probiotic (Overview)

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 healthy bacteria by supplementation.


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What's the probiotics?

What's the probiotics?

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 more

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Probiotic (Overview)

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 healthy bacteria by supplementation.


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Are there true benefits from taking probiotics? When and why are they recommended? Exactly what do they do?

Are there true benefits from taking probiotics? When and why are they recommended? Exactly what do they do?

Most say yes: There is a lot of evidence connecting probiotics to the health of your body and even the health of your mind. You can find several new articles about this almost daily. The probiotics change the bacteria of your colon and digestive system and this has numerous repercussions for your immune system as well as your bloodstream that handles improved metabolites that result from the changes. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I was prescribed a course of doxycycline & am just curious - should I try to include some probiotics in my diet?

I was prescribed a course of doxycycline & am just curious - should I try to include some probiotics in my diet?

Yes if okay with M.D: Probiotics can help to counter the GI side effects of most antibiotics. Probiotics can be taken as individual tablets or as contained in drinks and yogurt. The studies in this area have shown some promising results, but more studies are needed. Your physician can further advise you. I hope that this helps. If you have an underlying immunodeficiency, please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the use of probiotics daily healthy?

Is the use of probiotics daily healthy?

Should be OK: 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. Need for every day? Maybe not, but can use it, especially yummy yogurts. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the probiotics used for belching and indigestion?

What are the probiotics used for belching and indigestion?

Pro and prebiotics: Try taking the following daily: 1. Megafood Megaflora Plus probiotics 2. Sundown Naturals prebiotics (available on Amazon's website) ...Read more

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My dr has me on cephalexin 500 mg 3x daily for a month for bacterial prostatis. Can u recommend a cost effective probiotic to avoid diareah?

My dr has me on cephalexin 500 mg 3x daily for a month for bacterial prostatis. Can u recommend a cost effective probiotic to avoid diareah?

See below: Any probiotic capsules that have over 30 million cfu per capsule should decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea and c. Difficile colitis. I recommend vsl#3 which has over 100 million cfu of probiotic bacteria per capsule. (ps stop having unprotected sex unless you are monogamous and she wants to get pregnant and stop smoking if you want to be healthy.). ...Read more

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Do probiotics work if you don't take them daily? Could you take them mon, wed, fri, and still have them work?

Yes: They can help if taken every other day as you suggested. The dose of probiotics and the frequency of taking them as well as the individual bacteria that are in the probiotics will help determine how well they work. You didnt mention what you are taking them for. That also is important, since you need to take the right probiotic for the right reason. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more