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Probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria, that when present in the gut, leads to some measure of improved health. The intestinal bacterial can be very different from one person to the next. The immune system is continually responding to the gut bacteria and chemicals the blood cells release can influence surrounding immune cells. Immune boosting probiotics are thought to increase release of these chemicals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Why does my five year old have a boil on her upper thigh? I give her multivitamins, immune booster probiotics and a large variety of food..
It happens: Unfortunately, bug bites and other itchy things happen.When the kid scratches the area the skin may be opened further and any germ under the kids fingernail is planted in the wound.This may be a germ that enjoys the extra nutrients of the wound and digs down creating a boil.Normal kids are not decontaminating their fingers wit good hand washing every few minutes. So this happens. ...Read more
ITP being an auto-immune disease, would a diet with less vitamin A, C and B6, proteins and probiotics to reduce the immune response be useful?
No: ITP is an autoimmune disease in which platelets are destroyed and maybe even inhibited in production. Depending on the platelet count and clinical findings treatment can range from observation follow-up to multiple drug regimens. Dietary changes other than a well balanced and nutritional diet do not help. ...Read more
What are the Benefits and cons of daily use of Flora baby probiotics for a 2 year old? It claims immune support is that true?
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. Look for a variety of strains. ...Read more
Probiotics: Align is a strain of the Bifidobacter bacteria. We don't quite know how probiotics might work. They likely have several effects. They could occupy their own niche in the microbiome, stimulate the immune system to be more tolerant, influence the growth and metabolic activity of surrounding bacteria, produce their own products to improve gut health by fortifying tight junctions, etc. ...Read more
How to know if my baby has a healthy immune system? Should i give probiotics if not ? My baby is 10 month old
Likely fine: Kids with the immunodeficiency disorders are often picked up by the age of 4-5 months due to recurrent and significant illnesses like bone infections and meningitis.Probiotics often allow for a good balance of beneficial gut bacteria but they do not boost anything. Having a happy gut can help you tolerate minor gut ailments and viruses with less symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probiotics.Thinking of taking them to boost our immune system. Are there any negatives to taking them and is it safe for my 4 yr old child?
Probiotics safe: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Probiotics should be used after antibiotics to replace "good" bacteria in your gut. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im a teacher, been sick a lot, I take a daily multivitamin, calcium pill, & probiotic, will taking airborne daily help my immune system?
Save your money!: There is no good clinical evidence that it does any good at all! Don't waste your moola. You're exposed to lots of germs from those kids. Eventually, you'll be immune to durn near everything! Eat plenty of fruits and veggies and don't rely on supplements (not proven to help), to stay fit. If we got healthy from supplements, nobody would get sick. They're often an excuse to eat unhealthy food ...Read more
I am prescribed an antibiotic to take 2 a day, and I was going to start taking a daily probiotic b/c I have a weak immune system. Is this okay?
Can I take culterelle probiotic while on prednisone? Will I be more likely to get an infection because weakened immune system?
Yes to both.: Can take probiotic while on prednisone. Will not make you more ill. It is questionable if helps the immune system. It may help prevent an antibiotic associated diarrhea. It depends how long you are on the prednisone. If it is long term then you can develop a weakened immune system. If not long then it is not likely to cause a major problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?
The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Besides from magnesium, calcium and probiotics supplement . . .what other vitamins are best to take before bed time to boost our immune system.Thanks!
Received an injection of prednisone & course of Cefzil (cefprozil) antibiotic. Is it safe to take a probiotic with this? Worried about suppressed immune system?
Immune system low after 2 bad throat infections. would probiotic bio kult and vitamin d help me. I feel like I have the flue. And Flagyl was so strong?
On antibiotics, recovering from bacteremia (sinuses). Scared of c-diff, but unsure if probiotics safe for my immune system. Anything else i can do?
Restore gut flora: We have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, most of which are friendly & support digestion, improve immune function, affect weight, influence gene expression etc. Antibiotics can kill many friendly bacteria, creating a serious long-term disruption of our flora. Probioitcs can help restore the balance friendly microbes in our GI tract. See http://bit.ly/1lbM1xS for more info. ...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