Posted 30 November 2007 - 12:45 PM
I've read conflicting things, such as take them all the time, take them when you are on antibiotics, every few days, after getting glutened...
I've read that you should get the freeze-dried kind, not the kind you keep in your fridge.
I've read that you can also get them in yogurt.
But, most importantly, I don't know what they are or what they are for. I'm wary about vitamins because doctors ride the fence on whether or not supplements work.
Should I take probiotics? (BTW, I'm on antibiotics now for a staff infection)
More importantly, what are they?
Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:52 PM
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 1995
Candida Problems 1996
Low Thyroid 2001
Gluten Free 2002
Dairy Free 2007
Egg/Onion/Garlic Free 2007
SIBO (self diagnosed) 2007
SCD since October 2007 and starting to feel better than I have in years!
Posted 30 November 2007 - 02:09 PM
Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism 1992
Diagnosed Adult ADD and Panic Disorder 2005
Diagnosed Gluten Intolerant 2006
Posted 30 November 2007 - 02:17 PM
Not sure about whether you should take a bunch after antibiotics and then stop or keep going. If you've got a healthy gut, you can probably stop, but I wonder if things like Candida would eventually take over if you have a problem with that if you don't keep going. I also think I read somewhere that birth control pills can alter bacteria in your gut so that might be another reason to keep taking them. Not sure if getting glutened would affect the bacteria in your gut - I lean towards no, but I have no idea.
You can get some from yogurt, but I don't think it's as many as in the pills. And Activia yogurt is not gluten-free so you can't take that.
I get the kind that go in the fridge. I read that you want the "active" cultures. If you take the ones that are just sitting on the shelf, they're not still alive so they won't offer the same benefit. I'm not sure if that's what you meant by freeze-dried. Although I was at Target the other day and their ones on the shelf said "refrigerate after opening" so I don't know if that means they're good or not. I wish I could remember where I read all this and the details, but you know how brain fog is...
Peanut-Free since July 2006.
Posted 01 December 2007 - 04:26 AM
"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)
celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007
Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15
Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom
Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007
Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303
Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)
Posted 01 December 2007 - 05:49 AM
How good they are??? Hard to say but I personally believe that the Western diet has removed them almost completely.
An interesting statistic is that many Mediterranean countries have longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality etc. than the UK, US and countries where these are removed from the diet.
I eat a lot of raw food, including eggs (FREE RANGE ONLY), unpasturised cheeses (sheep and goat cheeses) and raw meat (Carpaccio, prosciutto crudo, Breasola) and drink raw goats milk when I can find it. And I also get the active yogourts.
I know millions of French and Italians who eat this reguarly yet I never heard of anyone actually dying from it!
This doesn't mean people might not get a little tummy bug from time to time, it just means they are not dying from it nor their babies...
When I was in France and eating Fresh food almost exclusively I didn't bother supplementing the pro-biotics. Now I'm in London and its near impossible to find fresh food I can eat I think it might be a good idea. (Not that I'd eat raw beef in the UK anyway, the quality is terrible)
So I can't give a definitive answer.... my personal preference is to get these naturally... raw cheeses, yogourts etc. (for instance one important pro-biotic is found in sheeps stomachs and this is exactly the part used to make natural rennet. Hence if the cheese is unpasturised the cheese becomes a culture of this (its a while since I researched this so I forget exactly which one).
Lacking this I think pro-biotics can be a good idea.
Posted 01 December 2007 - 06:26 PM
DQ2 and DQ3 sub type DQ7 in December 2005
Gluten-free since Enterolab test, December 2, 2005.
Lame Advertisement Test positive for gluten intolerence in Sept 2005.
THEN found out that my fathers mother had nontropical sprue, she passed away at 40 from (stomach) cancer, had holes in her intestines when they caught it. I had no idea....
Posted 01 December 2007 - 07:08 PM
Posted 01 December 2007 - 07:25 PM
- Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
- Celiac Disease per positive test Nov '07
- "Mystery" arthritis since 2009
Posted 01 December 2007 - 09:47 PM
I wish more people were educated about how important they are
I will eat them every day until I die. I eat 50 BILLLION organisms a day
Positive Bloodwork Oct 1st 2007. Gluten-free 3 YEARS Oct 1st!
Dairy & Soy free since Dec 1st 2007.
Potato free since January 3rd 2008.
Remaining Nightshades since April 1st 2008. Back on September 2010.
Developed Rice & Tapioca & Corn Intolerances...
In a constant state of evolution... sending love!
Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:50 PM
This board has been so informative, and entertaining at times, too.
I am loading up on yogurt. I couldn't digest it a few months ago, but things seem okay now. Unfortunately, I did get a yeast infection from the antibiotics. I should just ask for a prescription to counter that when they prescribe me the antibiotics... I forget every time.
Posted 03 December 2007 - 03:02 PM
Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:14 PM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:04 PM
How often do you take them?
Do you take them with food or on an empty stomach?
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