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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
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
That depends: Best to have multiple millions (to billions) of cultures. Best to be in slow release form (so it isn't all killed in the stomach). Best to have multiple strains. Unfortunately - cheaper probiotics often don't have these features. The higher quality probiotics are more expensive. ...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
Try for a: refrigerated probiotic, or off the shelf if traveling. Don't be overly concerned w/the numbers, i.e., how many billions in each dose. Look more for a variety of ingredients, i.e., bacteria/yeast in each bottle. PRE-biotics prompt the body to make PRO-biotics and can be good also. Then you would look for l-glutamine which does not have to be refrigerated. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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