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How can probiotics update gut flora?

How can probiotics update gut flora?

Variable per person: Your question is excellent, but the response is individualized based on a patient's goals with probiotics. GI transit time, diet, use of probiotics, co-morbidities that may require use of antibiotics or other medications that affect gut flora, as well as the underlying pathology found in the gut may all alter benefit. Typically your "back to normal" in 3-4 days w/lots of probiotics to choose from. ...Read more

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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Will 100 billion icus probiotics help bacterial vaginitis?

Will 100 billion icus  probiotics help bacterial vaginitis?

Unclear: Although there is a good theory that probiotics may help recurrent cases of bacterial vaginosis studies on probiotics in general have shown limited results. ...Read more

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Will taking Dulcolax kill gut flora?

Will taking Dulcolax kill gut flora?

No.: it will have no effect on the gut flora. The go flora is usually affected mostly by antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is taking acidophilus supplement good for curing candida overgrowth ?

Is taking acidophilus supplement good for curing candida overgrowth ?

Wouldn't rely: solely on probiotics to cure a yeast infection. Antifungal medications are best for treatment. ...Read more

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Can eating yoghurt restore normal gut flora after taking antibiotics for 3 days?

Yes: Yes, yogurt and probiotics can help to restore normal gut flora. Antibiotics can get rid of infections but can also disrupt the normal bacteria in your gut so after taking antibiotics it is always a good idea to eat yogurt and take a probiotic for about a week or two. ...Read more

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Can I take bacillus clausii instead of lactobacillus to normalize the gut flora?

Can I take bacillus clausii instead of lactobacillus to normalize the gut flora?

Neither: The normal flora of the gut is a combination of hundreds of different bacteria, and taking any one particular strain will not "normalize" the gut flora, it will just change it. Contrary to many sites that promote the use of various probiotic supplements, we are currently only at the beginning of understanding whether probiotics help with anything. Use cautiously! ...Read more

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Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Probiotics: Most people don't need probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics, since the normal bacterial flora of the gut repopulates rapidly after stopping antibiotics. If you have a history of C. difficile, it may be useful to take probiotics, however. Otherwise, studies do not support their routine use. Having said that, there are not usually many side effects, if you do decide to try them. Good luck ...Read more

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Can t drink cranberry juice with vancomycin, nystatin, fluconazole, omeprazole, align probiotic?

Can t drink cranberry juice with vancomycin, nystatin, fluconazole, omeprazole, align probiotic?

Cranberry juice: ONLY WARFARIN SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN WITH CRANBERRY JUICE. NO KNOWN INTERACTION WITH OTHERS. WARFARIN IS THE GENERIC NAME FOR COUMADIN, (warfarin) JANTOVEN AND OTHERS. ...Read more

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Is Phillips colon probiotics good to replenish your immune and digestive system ?

Is Phillips colon probiotics good to replenish your immune and digestive system ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Would recommend a poly-strain probiotic that is slow -release with millions of cultures. It will cost more but will do a much better job that cheap ones. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Can taking probiotics prevent clostridium difficile infections?

Yes.: Studies have shown that probiotics can prevent c.Diff infections and other antibiotic associated complications like diarrhea. Best way to prevent c.Diff infections is good hand washing if you visit a hospital or nursing home. Also by not taking antibiotics for viral illnesses like bronchitis and sinusitis. You increase your risk of c. Diff when you take abx for things like these. ...Read more

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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?

Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans overgrowth in your intestinal tract?

Candidal overgrowth: This urban myth has not been scientifically proven, but it has not been disproved. The "balance" between bacterial flora and yeast cells in the intestinal tract (colon) is generally regulated by what you eat. If you choose to add unpasteurized yogurt to your diet it may well change the character of your stools, since it contains lactobacilli. Same available as a probiotic for oral use. ...Read more

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Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

The Align: Probiotics are commonly recommended to restore/maintain healthy gut flora. I am not so sure this will help directly with lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Does oil of oregano destroy healthy bacteria probiotics?

Does oil of oregano destroy healthy bacteria probiotics?

No info: There is no info on the effect of oregano oil on probiotics but intuitively one would think not. If you are concerned about potential effect then it would make sense to temporally separate the two products by taking each well away from the other. ...Read more

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When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

Little difference: Probiotics have had a lot of good press in recent years, but scientific proof behind them is weak. Yogurt or kefir probably will have no effect; theie bacteria do not survive in human intestines. None of these will do any harm; use whatever works best for you. But you don't need to do much; normal bacteria will repopulate naturally in a few weeks, with no special treatment. ...Read more

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Was on omnicef (cefdinir) for 10 days start may 24. Taking probiotics floraster, lactobacillus, bifodobacterium. Is loose stool normal w probiotics? Will it end?

Was on omnicef (cefdinir) for 10 days start may 24. Taking probiotics floraster, lactobacillus, bifodobacterium. Is loose stool normal w probiotics? Will it end?

Yes: The loose stools are most likely from the Omnicef (cefdinir) not the probiotic and is should improve when you complete it but if it doesn't you should see your doctor since there are colon infections that you can get from antibiotics. ...Read more

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Probiotics gives lactobacillus acidophillus & bifidobacterium. Whey: beta lactoglobulin & alpha lactalbumin. Can both provide similar benefits?

No: Probiotics and whey provide different benefits. They both have "lacto" in their names, which may be the source of your confusion. Lacto means related to milk. Lactobacillus is a bacteria that can grow in dairy products. Whey is the thin, clear liquid that is left when milk has curdled; it is high in protein. Probiotics are good for intestinal health. Whey is primarily a protein source. ...Read more

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Does the "beneficial bacteria" in yogurt kill candida albicans in gut and vagina?

No: Lactobacillus species are in cultured unpasteurized yogurt. In your gut you have hundreds or thousands of different organisms all in competition with each other, including candida. When the relative numbers of these are disturbed the candida can be there in greater number & more likely to produce infection elsewhere. The lactobacilli may, by competition, decrease the number of candida. ...Read more