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Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Probiotics: Yes, can be healthy, especially if you are taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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Can taking "centrum" multivitamins cause constipation?

Can taking "centrum" multivitamins cause constipation?

Possibly: Iron can cause constipation and is commonly in multiple vitamins. Iron absorption is decreased by stomach acid blockers.Young woman need iron because of losses during periods. Avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar, eat plenty of fresh leafy vegetables and other iron rich foods like eggs and grass fed beef for a few weeks and see if this helps.. Increasing fun, daily exercise is always helpful. ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will vitamin d supplement cause constipation?

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Will vitamin d supplement cause constipation?

Yes: Vitamin d has been reported to cause constipation. In your case, there is no blood test to determine if constipation is caused by vitamin d. It would be reasonable to stop the vitamin d for 1-2 weeks to see if the constipation resolves. If it does, you are likely confirming this as a side effect. ...Read more

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Do calcium supplements cause constipation?

Do calcium supplements cause constipation?

Calcium: Calcium in the right dose should not cause constipation. How much calcium are you taking, and are you also taking vitamin D. I strongly recommend that you go to a nearby library and read about the important amount of calcium and vitamin D. Of importance you must get to know what dose is OK for calcium and vitamin D. In many places milk will include both calcium and vitamin D. ...Read more

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Can fiber supplements cause heartburn?

Can fiber supplements cause heartburn?

Uncommon: Most fiber supplements found in the pharmacy or supermarkets are fairly benign when it comes to causing things like acid reflux. ...Read more

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Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Probiotic research: indicates that they help w/constipation. Here's a summary: "slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increased the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped soften stools," Dr. Ohira's brand is a well-respected one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Constipation problems.  I've tried everything.  Laxatives.  Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more

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Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

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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Can probiotics cause constipation?

Can probiotics cause constipation?

Not likely: Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in the gut that aid the digestive process. They should not cause constipation. Make sure you drink adequate amount of fluids also. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Yes: These are safe though I wouldn't take them all at once. I advise the multivitamin after breakfast, the probiotic at the start of a meal, the fish oil after lunch or dinner, apple cider vinegar in water separate from meals and the psyllium at bedtime. Some multivitamins are far better than others- see https://drrandybaker.com/2012/11/ and https://www.multivitaminguide.org/best-multivitamin.html ...Read more

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Will yakult help IBS diarrhea?

Will yakult help IBS diarrhea?

R/O IBS: IBS IS DX OF EXCLUSION.. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water.KEFIR &YOGHURT HAVE NATURAL PROBIOTICS. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter medications for IBS c I have been taking probiotics metamusal and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

Are there any good  over-the-counter medications for IBS c  I have been taking probiotics metamusal and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

IBS: I would recommend that you do a food dairy and see which foods you are allergic (ibs pts have allergies). The most common are dairy and gluten. You can try a to do a food elimination diet where you eliminate an entire food category for 1-2 weeks to see if you improve. I would recommend a high strength probiotic of 80 billion. For constipation i would recommend taking mag 500-1000 mg per night. ...Read more

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Do multivitamins cause constipation?

Do multivitamins cause constipation?

In some people: Some people can develop constipation with certain vitamins, particularly those that contain iron. Taking vitamins with a large glass of water and increasing fiber content in the diet can help prevent this. Opt for multivitamins made from raw whole foods for better overall tolerance and absorption. ...Read more

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Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Yes both: Iron supplements could cause loose bowels. Both vitamins a and d can cause loose stools when consumed in high doses. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotics: Probiotics may be helpful -- but yogurt drinks may not contain all the labels say they do. You might check consumerlab.Com for particular products. It's $33/year to subscribe and has been a very useful resource for me. (no, i don't work for them!). ...Read more

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I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?

I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?

Change meds: I believe that constipation is a common side effect of medications. When simple methods to manage these complications fail, altermative treatments should be sought. I would not recommend stronger laxatives as they may alter your colonic function, unless, of course, you have no alternative. ...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


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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more