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Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs

Friendly Bacteria for Your Digestive System

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My family and I started taking BioGaia (probiotic) about a year ago and we have seen AWESOME results. I have IBS therefore I have a very sensitive stomach and I have always had to watch what I ate. BioGai has done wonders and I no longer need to take my prescription meds. I can eat spicy food and fruit without getting cramping and upset stomach. I can’t say enough about BioGaia. It has literally saved me from my embarrassing stomach troubles. I have also had less reflux since taking it.

We also give BioGaia to our 2 and 4 year old daughters and have seen a huge decrease in the amount of times that they get sick. It also works wonders if you have a baby with colic! We started out giving our kids the probiotic straws. They are great because the supplement is flavorless and inside the straw, you just stick the straw in whatever they are drinking and they don’t even realize they are taking anything. We are all on the chewable tablets now. They taste like lime and they are great.
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I was finally able to find kefir in a store near us and am really enjoying it, esp. with fruit -- so far, I've had it with grapes, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, and peaches, and all are good.

TMI alert: I've had a 1/2 cup daily for the last month or so, and after an initial adjustment period, my stomach is now working like a clock. Report
As a few have mentioned - Pauldodo and Theslaw below - there are plenty of non-dairy alternatives. All the benefits of probiotics without the serious negatives of dairy products. Report
....and don't forget that we have a Sparkteam dedicated to promoting the active production and consumption of fermented foodstuffs, particularly kombucha, kefir, kraut, kimchi and many other fermented products and drinks.
Come to the Kombucha Kurious & Fond of Fermenting Sparkteam and join in the debate!
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Paul Dale
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Someone told me that the FDA gives approval after only an 8 week trial. Is this correct? If so, what about long term effects? Report
It seems strange to me that Becky sort of "advises" against using supplements and vitamins and gives a " warning" regarding that fact that they are not regulated by the FDA. Yet, she also advises that Aspartame is entirely healthy because it has been approved by the FDA. Vioxx and FenPhen were also approved by the FDA, so was Children's Tylenol and many THOUSANDS of other medicines and they have killed and injured many people. Report
What if you are lactose intolerant? Report
Also, when I make a cold macaroni salad I use low fat hidden valley ranch dressing with non fat plain yogurt. With fresh dill etc. it is too good. Report
I love the new greek yogurt. It tastes like cheesecake to me. I never did like the regular yogurt. Report
I make my own yogurt and eat about a quart a week. Greek yogurt is just the same as plain yogurt except the whey is drained out to make it thicker... Report
What if you dont like yogurt? I have even made a shake with fruit but I still taste the yogurt...any suggestions? Report
THESLAW
Becky,

I suggest reading The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, where he summarizes how unhealthy dairy products are.

For probiotics, try raw sauerkraut. And it's not hard to make.

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I have a question, what about Greek yogurt? I am currently using a receipe from SELF tha calls for a cup of greek yogurt, berries, walnuts and a bit of honey.. its very filling and yummy! Is that healthy? Report
SIRIRADHA
Did anyone mention kombucha? Report
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Gut bacteria are called commensals or normal flora. Probiotics are bacteria you take that supposedly aid digestion. Not all bacteria in the gut are beneficial!! The complex community in the gut typically controls the populations of harmful bacteria. The effect of disturbing those communities is most notable after a course of antibiotics if diarrhea occurs. Taking probiotics at that time would be beneficial. Report

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