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Which probiotics should I take on a daily basis to decrease my constipation?

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

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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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?

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

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Can i take a probiotic for constipation while also taking a decongestant without side affects?

Can i take a probiotic for constipation while also taking a decongestant without side affects?

OK to take together.: There should be no problem with this combination. There are plenty of meds that can be used to treat constipation. If you are still having trouble may want to consider one of the more standard therapies. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take saccharomyces boulardii probiotic tablets while prone to constipation?

Is it a good idea to take saccharomyces boulardii probiotic tablets while prone to constipation?

Saccharomyces: probiotic has been evaluated prospectively in several clinical trials, and seems to have efficacy in a limited number of conditions. However, constipation is not one of them. That being said, taking saccharomyces will not worsen your constipation. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long would I have to take probiotic yogurt, if I have incomplete bowel movements. (not constipation) is there anything else i can do to help?

Forever: Probiotic yoghurt is pasteurized. The bacteria are dead due to that. Take probiotics seperately .The yoghurt is a waste and a marketing ploy unless you , make your own from your own live cultures. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Nothing.: In a breast fed baby, even 10 days without a poop isn't considered constipation. Breast milk is so completely digestible, sometimes there isn't enough stuff left in the bowel to make a proper stool. ...Read more

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My 4 month okd baby really struggles to poo, he was recently badly constipated. How long does a probiotic take to work?

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

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I drink a lot of water every day and take a probiotic but I am still constipated. Could I have a problem colon?

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

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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

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

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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?

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 more

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Started 1mg Ativan for sleep now constipated/incomplete bowel movements. Can this be from the Ativan? Will this go away? Already take probiotics.

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Can probiotics cause constipation?

Not likely: Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in the gut that aid the digestive process. They should not cause constipation. Make sure you drink adequate amount of fluids also. ...Read more

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Will probiotics help with constipation?

Will probiotics help with constipation?

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 more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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