Benefits of Probiotics

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    Jan 30, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    I would like to know if RJers consume foods or take an oral probiotic daily and your thoughts. I take a 13 billion organism PROBIOTIC 10 capsule daily, along with consuming fresh fruits and veggies, kefir, and greek-style yogurt.

    My digestive system runs great and have not gotten sick in years. I've attached a link about the benefits of probiotics:

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0905c.shtml

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    Jan 30, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    How is anyone supposed to know what a good brand is? Take for example all the different brands of yogurts touting their probiotics each with a different "type"
    I'm begininng to think the whole thing is a lot of advertising hooey in that regards. Unpasteurized yogurt if I'm to understand it correctly is made up of naturally occurring enzymes that have for years prior been said to be good for the gut so why all this other differenciation. Is there really a difference between types of probiotic enzymes or the amount you have to take daily.. Don't they multiply on their own in the gut eventually
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    Jan 30, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThey can flourish in the gut but things you do can kill them off.

    For example, if you take antibiotics you can wipe them out.

    Drinking chlorinated water is also not good for them.

    There are many different types of probiotics.

    I am not too big on dairy consumption so I try to find mine in an alternative supplement form.


    Not only antibiotics but having bouts of diarrhea too. My holistic skin specialist also prescribed them for me to get lessen bouts of acne and to aid the gut in digestion. We (as a society) eat so much processed foods and our gut does not have the correct balance of microorganisms to fight off disease.... probiotics are important for the immune system too.
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    Jan 31, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    My brand of choice is Jarrow Formulas.

    One time I was taking antibiotics to cure an infection, and I was getting unpleasant digestive side effects. A doctor I saw recommended I take a probiotic, to help replenish the intestinal flora which the antibiotics were killing off. So that's how I got started taking them.

    Granted, this is just the opinion of one doctor, the results for me were inconclusive, and I have not investigated the subject too deeply; so, don't take this as an endorsement. But it seems valid at first glance.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Jarrow does appear to be a pretty good brand, as far as I have been able to tell.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    Everytime I eat probiotic anything it feels like there is a circus going on in my colon, is this just me, or am I just eating the wrong ones? I eat enough fiber and everything that without probiotics things are running quite well thank you very much!
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    I remembered this thread when I was at the drug store so I asked the pharmacist about this. I use Phillip's Colon Health, which contains 3 probiotics with a total of 1.5 billion. There was another that only containted 1 probiotic but had 20 billion. So I asked. He said it was more so a marketing ploy and even though everyone's body is different, he said that a billion is good, but what also matters is shelf life because after the 'use by' date, the bacteria are dead and are of no use.