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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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Best probiotic supplement ? Is align good ?

Best probiotic supplement ? Is align good ?

Align is good: There are multiple probiotics in market but align is one of the few probiotic that has been tried in medical trial on ibs patients with positive response especially patients with diarrhea, gas and bloating. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a probiotic supplement?

Anyone know what is a probiotic supplement?

Probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live microorganisms, similar to those found in the human gut. Also called "friendly bacteria" or "good bacteria, " they help maintain the natural balance of microorganisms in the intestines. Some illnesses and medications can upset this balance, and harmful microorganisms can take over. Probiotic supplements are a way to reintroduce "good" bacteria so that balance is restored. ...Read more

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Which probiotic supplement would you recommend?

Which probiotic supplement would you recommend?

None: Probiotics have been shown to have little usefulness. A recent study even showed that they had no real val in preventing antibiotic related diarrhea. Why? There are between 500 to 1, 000 types of bacteria in your gut with more sub-species among them. Your gut is estimated to have around 100 trillion bacteria. The pills you can buy will not make a difference. Ignore the hype; now you know the facts. ...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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Can anyone take probiotic supplements? If yes, should I? If no, who should?

Can anyone take probiotic supplements? If yes, should I? If no, who should?

Pretty safe: In my practice, I use probiotics extensively. Our Western lifestyle with exposure to antibiotics in a variety of ways has cut down on the diversity of bacteria within our gut. Increasingly , data suggests this contributes to disease. Stress, alcohol, ibuprofen compound this. Choose a probiotic that has a variety of strains, not just lactobicillus. And eat fermented foods! ...Read more

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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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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more