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Why Do Probiotics Make Me Sick
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
Can you get sick from probiotics. Are they safe to take. Any risks taking them. What's a recommended brand?
No: You can't get sick from probiotics. They are safe to take. They are the type of medication that either works or doesn't work, but has little in terms of side effects. There isn't a recommended brand, best is to go to your local health food store and ask for recommendation of brands carried. I don't know of any risks of taking them. ...Read more
Not a yeast problem: There is no such thing as over exposure or over ingestion of yeasts, which are entirely normal in the environment, on our skin, and in our intestines and often genital tracts. Yeasts sometimes cause local symptoms, such as vaginitis. But overgrowth and "systemic candidiasis" are urban myths. I doubt your symptoms are fromyeast; if probiotics help, it won't be because yeast was the cause. ...Read more
Been getting sick a lot (2-4 monthly).Was given antibiotics several times. I'm doing my best to get healthier now. Would a probiotic be a good idea? Tips?
Probiotics: Antibiotics kill off bad bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria of the bowel. When taking antibiotics and for several months afterward it is a good idea to replace the good bowel bacteria with probiotics daily. You can buy these at your health food store, and ask for probiotics that can survive being killed off by your stomach acid, so they can survive to reach the colon. ...Read more
How long after finishing a course of antibiotics should someone take a probiotic supplement? Is it safe to take probiotics every day, sick or not?
Generally, yes: I usually recommend starting the probiotic supplement with the course of antibiotics. If you are not having diarrhea after the course of antibiotics, you can stop them. Some people take probiotics routinely, though this is probably not necessary. You can also help maintain a healthy digestive system by eating yogurt. ...Read more
I started a women's probiotic and it made me sick. It caused vomiting and flu-like symptoms. Should I discontinue the probiotic?
Obviously!: Don't take a medication if it is making you sick. ...Read more
About 30-60 mins after I eat I feel sick no matter what I eat. I started taking probiotics but they also really hurt my stomach and made me feel sick?
I'm 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've been taking a strong probiotic for a few days and am now having stomach virus like symptoms. I stopped taking them a couple days ago and am still ill. How long will they stay In my system?
Several days: This could last several days or weeks ...Read more
Sick 1x a month. Cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.
My son was ill last weekend with a stomach bug, vomiting and diarrhea bouts. A week later, he has gray loose stool. Would a probiotic help?
I am concerned:
That the grey stools may represent lack of bile due to biliary obstruction secondary to Hepatitis A which may start as a "stomach bug" If so Probiotics will not help and the disease in kids is very mild. Usually no jaundice. This is just :"a thought" but its worth mentining it to your son's Pediatric Provider. ...
Hope this helps and BTW HANDWASHING is important in prevention of spreading! ...Read more
Septic patient has had 20 hip surgies. On two different. Antibiotics and probiotics head aches fever weak sick at stomic bone infection?
Septic bone: Too sick for computer help. Bone infections (osteomyelitis) especially those after previous surgery need to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon. Preferably the one who knows the most about the prior cases. Chronic osteomyelitis often needs to have the infected dead bone removed to cure the infection - antibiotics alone will not usually work. ...Read more
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read more
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 more
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. Peace and good health. Natural med. ...Read more
Replace bacteria: Believed to be healthy; in many areas of our body, skin, intestinal tract, perineal area, etc. While human cells contain about 30, 000 genes, adult humans carry over a 1, 000, 000 genes, the additional ones being part of the human microbiome, a slowly evolving area of research & understanding due to the fantastic complexity of which bacteria are symbiotic, commensal &/or pathologic in what locations. ...Read more
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. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Help with what?: Probiotics MAY help. They are usually still alive, if stored properly all the time from production, through shipping, to being on the store shelf. The living microorganisms get weaker and die over time. The problem is that nobody can really tell how much live material was in the package to start, how much is alive when one buys it, how much survives at home, nor how much goes to one's intestine. ...Read more
Most people: I am an advocate of probiotics. The gut lining has a difficult time maintaining the balance of healthy bacteria with stress, disease, poor sleep, poor nutrition, antibiotic or medication use. Recent studies have shown benefits even pregnant patients. Probiotics can help with immune function, regulate constipation/diarrhea, bloating, help with GI diseases and even skin conditions. ...Read more
Very: In this era of frequent antibiotic use and poor dietary habits, probiotics help replete the body's natural flora. They help prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and keep fungal growth also at a healthy level. There have been studies also proving that probiotics contribute to intestinal health and digestion and regularity. But just like everything else, all things should be done in moderation. ...Read more
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 multiple strain products. ...Read more
Yogurt tastes better: These contain the "good organisms" living symbiotically with you. Certain condition such as use of antibiotics often kill-off too many of these good bugs and leave us more susceptible to illness from other bad bugs. Probiotics basically replace some of the loss of the good bug and hopefully restore the balance. Both are safe, but yogurts taste better? And contain calciums/vitamins. Good luck. ...Read more
Intestinal health: Probiotics help maintain the normal bacterial balance of your intestines. This approach is going to be the next "big" thing in medicine (in my opinion). If you don't have any issues, you probably don't need them, but they won't hurt. If you have irritable bowels, diarrhea, or cramping, trying a medicine like florastor or align can't hurt! ...Read more
I commend you for your desire to have good Health.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for digestive system.
Probiotics can be helpful for
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
• Antibiotic-related diarrhea ...Read more
Should be OK: These contain the "good organisms" living symbiotically with you. Certain condition such as use of antibiotics often kill-off too many of these good bugs and leave us more susceptible to illness from other bad bugs. Probiotics basically replace some of the loss of the good bug and hopefully restore the balance. Need for every day? Maybe not, but can use it, especially yummy yogurts. Good luck. ...Read more
Probiotics: Probiotics may be helpful -- but yogurt drinks may not contain all the labels say they do. You might check consumerlab. Com for particular products. It's $33/year to subscribe and has been a very useful resource for me. (no, I don't work for them!). ...Read more
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