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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
No: Douching is not recommended except is very specific rare situations. The reason is that studies show that douching increases risk of pelvic infections. This is because the flow of the fluid pushes bacteria from the vagina into the cervix, up into the uterus and out the fallopian tubes into the pelvis. This can cause severe infections and peritonitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, and many do: Fungi are not part of our normal flora but yeast are. Many take Sacchromyces boulardii, a probiotic yeast, often sold as Florastor, esp. useful for preventing diarrhea & yeast infections when taking antibiotics. As for good fungi, medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake & Cordyceps have many powerful proven health benefits, but, unlike probiotics, these don't live in our intestines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Someone told me probiotic suppliments can supply good bacterias for digestion problems. Are the actualy contain good bacterias ?
Foods for c.diff: Some brands of kefir (buttermilk) and some brands of milk have lactobacilli as well as some yogurt brands such as activia. The problem is that those bacteria are in low numbers and you may get more diarrhea from the dairy, so i would still consider commercial probiotic supplement. ...Read more
Probiotics: I am not aware of age restrictions for purchasing probiotics. Take care. ...Read more
That is quite: variable depending on a number of factors. There is a much more in depth answer to your question at: http://www.danisco.com/dietary-supplements/faq/ ...Read more
Hi Doctors, Is it correct that consuming probiotics makes our body not to produce good bacteria? Thanks.
Not even close: making the laughable assumptions that probiotics have living bacteria in them, that they somehow get through the stomach acid into the colon. 1) the body doesn't make bacteria. Bacteria sit on the outside.. on skin, in colon, any place they can get to. 2) probiotics are by definition good bacteria. If it's bad bacteria then it's called "food poisoning". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have been using probiotics for years and your gut and everything is healthy, will the good bacteria remain and when you stop using it?
Perhaps: The nature of the intestinal flora is often determined by your dietary intake. If you have large numbers of lactobacilli or bifidobacterium in your colon and your diet consists predominantly of dairy products they may remain there without your ingesting probiotics. Unpasteurized culture yogurt is a great substitute. ...Read more
When you take a probiotic pill form, does it only stay in digestive system for good/bad bacteria? Or circulate throughout for vaginal bacteria too?
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