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Probiotics And Other Good Germs
What is a good probiotic to take to put good bacteria back in the vagina after over 100 BV infections?
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
Sorry, but...: Probiotics are organisms, not "good or bad", that supplement your colonic flora. Peer review literature shows 1 in 4 patients treated are clinically improved with probiotics. Different probiotics benefit different symptoms. Probiotics are generally harmless, but they are not a panacea & their use should not substitute for a good medical evaluation followed by appropriate directed therapy. ...Read more
Probably good: However, people respond to probiotic differently to the same strain of probiotics . Some conditions appear to respond to one and not the other. While the issues are far from resolved, i would be inclined to think that it does more good than harm overall. I myself take one daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Started a regimen of probiotics 10B CFUs/day. Are they really important for your health, or just a fad? If not a fad, what is a good dosage?
Fad, already present: Most of the genes, estimated over a million, within out body are not within out cells. Only about 30,000 are estimated to be within out cells. The rest are within all the microscopic bacteria & fungus which we carry with us called the microbiome. However, this remains complex, the control mechanisms, pros & cons remain poorly understood. Research the microbiome yourself for some background. ...Read more
Actually: a controlled release product with varied strains is best. However, you will be paying more for billions vice millions. ...Read more
My husband has some digestive issues, and started taking digestive advantage, probiotic gummys. are they good?What is the best one on the market?
Depends.: It depends on what else is in it. Probiotics supposedly repopulate your gut with good bacteria. Most people have sufficient amounts of good bacteria in their digestive systems. I do use them when people who are taking antibiotics get GI distress as the antibiotics kill off the good gut bacteria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many benefits: Probiotics are most commonly used in association with antibiotics to prevent diarrhea & yeast infections (florastor is esp. Good for this) but acidophilus & other probiotics have many other proven benefits, including enhancing immunity, improving digestion, regulating bowels, preventing cancer, lowering cholesterol & reducing inflammation and allergies. See http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/probiotic. ...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
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