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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?

Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?

Candidal overgrowth: This urban myth has not been scientifically proven, but it has not been disproved. The "balance" between bacterial flora and yeast cells in the intestinal tract (colon) is generally regulated by what you eat. If you choose to add unpasteurized yogurt to your diet it may well change the character of your stools, since it contains lactobacilli. Same available as a probiotic for oral use. ...Read more

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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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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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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Does small intestinal bacterial overgrowth cause gluten sensitivity?

Does small intestinal bacterial overgrowth cause gluten sensitivity?

No: People don't eat gluten, they ear foods that contain gluten. These are grains, which contain some poorly digestible carbohydrates. Bacteria in the gut ferment these, can cause gas, bloat, pain, diarrhea- similar to symptoms of celiac sprue gluten bowel disease. The latter is immune related, the former is digestive. Important distinction re: diagnosis, and rx. Celiac lifelong exclusion;. ...Read more

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Best antimicrobials for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

Best antimicrobials for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

Maybe temporary fix: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). ...Read more

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Will florastor exacerbate a vaginal yeast infection as it's a yeast-based probiotic?

Will florastor exacerbate a vaginal yeast infection as it's a yeast-based probiotic?

No: Just as there are many types of bacteria there are many types of yeast. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida (usually albicans but there are other varieties). Florastor is a "friendly" yeast that is similar to baker's yeast. It does not cause infections, in fact taking it with antibiotics reduces liklihood of vaginal yeast ; diarrhea. It's safe though some are allergic to it. ...Read more

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What's small intestinal bacterial overgrowth aka sibo?

What's small intestinal bacterial overgrowth  aka sibo?

SIBO: SIBO means there is an overgrowth in your small intestines of the types if bacteria that should only be in your colon/large intestine. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes.: Studies have shown that probiotics can prevent c.Diff infections and other antibiotic associated complications like diarrhea. Best way to prevent c.Diff infections is good hand washing if you visit a hospital or nursing home. Also by not taking antibiotics for viral illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. You increase your risk of c. Diff when you take abx for things like these. ...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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Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Probably not: Probiotics help prevent yeast infections, and can make them less severe when u get them and less often, but probiotics will not treat yeast infections, once u get an infection u need otc or script meds to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Is taking acidophilus supplement good for curing candida overgrowth ?

Is taking acidophilus supplement good for curing candida overgrowth ?

Wouldn't rely: solely on probiotics to cure a yeast infection. Antifungal medications are best for treatment. ...Read more

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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans in gut and vagina?

No: Lactobacillus species are in cultured unpasteurized yogurt. In your gut you have hundreds or thousands of different organisms all in competition with each other, including candida. When the relative numbers of these are disturbed the candida can be there in greater number & more likely to produce infection elsewhere. The lactobacilli may, by competition, decrease the number of candida. ...Read more

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Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Probiotics: Most people don't need probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics, since the normal bacterial flora of the gut repopulates rapidly after stopping antibiotics. If you have a history of C. difficile, it may be useful to take probiotics, however. Otherwise, studies do not support their routine use. Having said that, there are not usually many side effects, if you do decide to try them. Good luck ...Read more

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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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Does?Eating ?Yogurt kill yeast?Overgrowth in the intestinal tract?

Can help prevent it: If you really have a yeast infection in the GI tract you will need long term anti yeast medication, you need to see a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Could probiotics cause a yeast infection?

Probiotics: That's an interesting question. Generally, probiotics can help to replenish or maintain the normal flora, and keep things in balance. However, there is some evidence that probiotics may cause some imbalance, because this extra 'good bacteria' uses up oxygen. This may then affect the normal balance and precipitate yeast overgrowth. However, this is not established, it's just a theory. ...Read more

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What food promotes candida albicans growth?

Candida albicans: Some feel that high sugar meals promote Candida Albicans growth. This means sweets like cakes, cookies, candy, processed breads, etc. Using whole grain flour may help a little with this because the sugar would be delivered a little more slowly to your system, but it is still sugar. High sugar fruits (pineapple, papaya, etc) might be seen this way also. ...Read more

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Can acidophilus cause yeast infections?

Yeast: Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacteria that is a normal resident of the vagina in some women. It is not a yeast and does not cause yeast infection. ...Read more