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Which Probiotics Should I Take On A Daily Basis To Decrease My Constipation
Probiotic: There are many good products. The ones that work have to survive the stomach acid so the beneficial bacteria can make it alive into the colon area. Looks for brands that say acid resistant or formulated to resist stomach acid. One probiotic that survives stomach juices is theralac (google it). You may try different ones. Be sure to drink lots of water everyday. ...Read more
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
If i take probiotics everyday for awhile, will i become dependent on them. Im just curious if i were to stop taking them, could it cause constipation?
No dependency.: if you decide to take probiotics,your body will not become dependent on them, and you can stop them at any time with no problems. Except in unusual clinical circumstances, however, regular use of probiotics hasn't been shown to improve your health. Since there doesn't seem to be many potential side effects, deciding to take probiotics is a personal choice. Good luck. ...Read more
I've been having fatigue, constipation, belching, and getting full fast when i eat. My GI doc says to just take probiotics. Does that make sense?
Abd, bowel symptoms: Well you can get full easily if you are contipated, but you are also 39 yo and unfortunately we are seeing colon cancer in younger pts.If you have a change in bowel habits, fatique, and belching you could have a number of things: peptic ulcer which is bleeding, or colon/stomach cancer.Best to have your primary md draw some blood to macke sure not anemic and get scoped both upper and lower gi. ...Read more
I take a lot of fiber (fruit, seeds, flaxseed, chia), drink water, take probiotics and i still struggle with constipation. How else can I help myself?
I'm really constipated from colitis. My friend told me to take laxatives? I've been taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) & probiotics. Should i take a laxative too?
What in my diet could be causing my ebf 3 1/2 month old to be constipated? Also if i take a probiotic would that help him as well?
My 4 month okd baby really struggles to poo, he was recently badly constipated. How long does a probiotic take to work?
4ever: Maybe a week or two. It has to enhance your baby's natural microbiome. Try 'baby' pear or Apple juice on a temporary basis. It contains sorbitol which is a natural laxative. Organic is better. 5 ml twice a day should do it. The biggest risk is that your baby will LOVE it and you don't want to make a habit of that. ...Read more
I drink a lot of water every day and take a probiotic but I am still constipated. Could I have a problem colon?
Colon: brain control: Like the rest of our body (as embodied souls connected to a mind & fragile brain+body) the brain is in primary control with millions/sec feedback signals. Desires/training to delay bms until "proper/convenient" promotes constipation. Processed foods increase problems. Low carb vegetables with fiber content, not fruits as much, tends to ease problems. Prunes & some water binding softeners can help. ...Read more
My 4 month old is constipated as of tuesday. She gets probiotic daily and juice/water mix but still no bm. How can I help her go? She seems in pain
Regular Feed ???: Constipation is best defined as a thickened or dry stool produced when the large intestine extracts too much water. Breast fed babies can have poo every feed or only 1/wk. If it is soft, it is normal.Solids like cereal or applesauce are natural constipators & i don't advise their use at this young age.Full strength apple juice or prune juice @ 1 oz once or twice daily will often loosen stools. ...Read more
Had colitis 1 yr ago and been constipated since. Take a probiotic supplement everyday and sometimes stool softener. Does not help. What else can I do?
Plant-based diet: My guess is that your diet is low in fiber. A plant-based diet (whole, unprocessed plants, like vegetables, fruit, grain and nuts) is key to adding fiber. You can also add fiber with metamucil and benefiber. But unprocessed plants are healthier. Plants not only provide fiber but all kinds of nutrients like antioxidants that promote colonic health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Started 1mg Ativan for sleep now constipated/incomplete bowel movements. Can this be from the Ativan? Will this go away? Already take probiotics.
Stress?, or more...?: Stress can take its toll on sleep quality as well as gut function. However, constipation (particularly if persistent) has many organic causes that warrant evaluation. Don't hesitate to seek care, especially if there is unexplained weigh loss, fever, abdominal pain +/- tenderness, blood in stool, inadequate response to fiber supplementation/fluid intake...you get the picture. ...Read more
Had gastric bypass 3 yrs ago, past 2 months been hungry a lot.Irregular, constipated, bloating take probiotic.Today pain off /on, is it stomach virus?
Gastric bypass: It seems as if things went OK for three years and now it has changed. Without too much delay please discuss this with your primary doctor. Perhaps more importantly, you must see a Psychologist regarding your depression and anxiety. Things will get better but not overnight. You will do fine! Please keep me posted. ...Read more
Hi. What is the optimal amount of probiotic that one should take and when (with meal or before bed)? And, can a probiotic itself, relieve constipatio
Probiotics: Probiotics have wide ranging benefits, but an optimal dose for all individuals is still illusive. It is possible to overdose on probiotics depending on the formulation. Some of those symptoms of taking too much include abdominal pain, bloating, and tenderness. It would be wise to consult a physician with knowledge of alternative practices to guide you in your treatment. ...Read more
Some strains tend to: There are many strains of probiotics. Research shows some strains can help constipation:http://bit.Ly/1dpcmvs i recommend probiotics to patients with constipation. If one type doesn't help try another. Diet & exercise can help too. Many with constipation have magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism &/or intestinal candidiasis. See http://huff.To/15mbzao, http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 & http://bit.Ly/14aneey. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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