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Doctor insights on: Taking Excess Probiotics Or Prebiotics

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Is there a "prebiotic" that's different from "probiotic?"

Is there a "prebiotic" that's different from "probiotic?"

Yes: While probiotics are the living bacteria that normally reside in our gut, prebiotics are the foods they eat. Prebiotics mostly come from carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You don't digest them, so the oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract where they stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, legumes, and whole grains. ...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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Garlic as they say have prebiotics..can i eat it and how long should i wait before i take yakult as a source of probiotics?

Garlic as they say have prebiotics..can i eat it and how long should i wait before i take yakult as a source of probiotics?

Good nutrition : I think a healthy diet is an important part of overall health. Yakult is a yogurt drink that contains the "good bacteria" that help with digestion -"Probiotics". Prebiotics refer to the source fuels for these bacteria. Garlic, bananas, oatmeal, berries, onions, legumes and dairy products are some sources. I think if you "listen" to your body you can find which foods are most agreeable to you. ...Read more

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Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Can be used: While the jury is out in all areas of prebiotics and probiotics in infants, there have been some positive studies looking at diarrhea. It as also been found helpful for preemies in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The only concern is using them in infants that may have immune problems or seriously ill with indwelling catheters. So, while not absolutely necessary, it will not hurt. ...Read more

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58yo Fem takes 500mg of Phenoxymethylpenicillin twice a day long term. Can this do more harm than good? Should she be taking probiotic/prebiotic too?

58yo Fem takes 500mg of Phenoxymethylpenicillin twice a day long term. Can this do more harm than good? Should she be taking probiotic/prebiotic too?

Antibiotic use: Yes, anytime you take an antibiotic long term it changes the gut flora and contributes to antibiotic resistance. It is always s good idea to replenish the gut flora any time you take an antibiotic shirt or long term. The best are the ones needing refrigeration ...Read more

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

No...: If by probiotics you mean active bacterial cultures added to help aid digestion, then no, baby formula does not specifically contain these cultures. A newborn baby's gut becomes populated with "healthy" bacteria from its immediate environment: the birth canal, breast milk, parents' skin, its own hands & mouth, etc; and these bacteria are adjusted as the baby's diet & environment change over time. ...Read more

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Are there prebiotics or probiotics in store-bought formula for infants?

Are there prebiotics or probiotics in store-bought formula for infants?

Infant formula: There may be more that contain probiotics, but the one that I am most familiar with is the new Enfamil Reguline formula contains probiotics in it. ...Read more

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Both or either.: Look at the label. Example: Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®* ("friendly" lactobacterias or LGG -probiotic). Prebiotic-carbohydrates, olygosaccharides, the food needed for the normal gut flora to grow (Example: Prebiotics in Enfagrow®). ...Read more

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Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

Which is better for IBS: prebiotics or probiotics?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed 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 ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

How can probiotics or prebiotics be helpful for IBS?

PROBIOTICS 4 IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed 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 ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more