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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

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Diarrhea after 4 weeks of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Went about 7 times today. already on many strong probiotics. will Imodium help? what to do?

Diarrhea after 4 weeks of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Went about 7 times today. already on many strong probiotics. will Imodium help? what to do?

Antibiotic diarrhea: This seems like a VERY long time to be on Augmentin-& now you have side-effects from that. I would want to get this checked TODAY to see if this is C. diff (Clostridium difficile) -a dangerous complication from too much antibiotics. I would NOT use imodium (loperamide) until u know the diagnosis, because that could make the problem worse. Hope u can see a doc today. Drink fluids/chicken soup to replace losses. ...Read more

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I'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea. Is this a common side effect?

I'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea.  Is this a common side effect?

Probiotic troubles: I wonder whether the diarrhea might have come from some antibiotics that were given recently or this product? Sometimes there can be abdominal discomfort or even diarrhea with these products - depending on your tolerances. You should probably stop taking them and call your GI doctor for help. In the mean time, taking in some fluids/chicken soup will help with the volume losses. Hope u feel better. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects for taking OTC probiotics daily?

No: As long as you are not having problems with your GI tract, this is pretty harmless. Probiotics are usually cultured 'good bacteria' that make the colon function properly. ...Read more

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How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis?    Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My 4 month old is constipated as of tuesday. She gets probiotic daily and juice/water mix but still no bm. How can I help her go? She seems in pain

My 4 month old is constipated as of tuesday. She gets probiotic daily and juice/water mix but still no bm. How can I help her go? She seems in pain

Regular Feed ???: Constipation is best defined as a thickened or dry stool produced when the large intestine extracts too much water. Breast fed babies can have poo every feed or only 1/wk. If it is soft, it is normal.Solids like cereal or applesauce are natural constipators & i don't advise their use at this young age.Full strength apple juice or prune juice @ 1 oz once or twice daily will often loosen stools. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on probiotic supplements?

Is it possible to overdose on probiotic supplements?

Unlikely: These usually contain nothing other than a bacterial species designed to repopulate your colon with more friendly organisms after you have received antibiotics or have developed and been treated for clostridium difficile colitis. Not even sure what overdosing would be. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take too much probiotics?

Probiotics: While mostly harmless, you should follow the directions of the manufacturer of the brand you are taking to decide on the maximum you should take in a day. ...Read more

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How many units should I get when I buy a probiotic?

How many units should I get when I buy a probiotic?

At least 1 billion: Your gut has 10 trillion bacteria and if your probitoic doesn't contain at least 1 billion colonies of multiple strains of bacteria it will not affect your gut. In a healthy gut, probiotics are unnecessary and may be useless. ...Read more

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I gave my toddler two doses of probiotics today on accident. Can you overdose on probiotics?

I gave my toddler two doses of probiotics today on accident. Can you overdose on probiotics?

Not a problem: Think of probiotics as equal to the kid putting his dirty (ik) fingers in his/her mouth, only with good bacteria on them.Probiotics are just another foreign ingestion with no downside. The kid will do fine. It is not like taking too much medicine. ...Read more

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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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What do ProBiotics do?

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