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Nov 20, 2014

I was reading about the benefits of probiotics and even my Gastroenterologist recommended them.I started them once again because I was in a flare for about 3 weeks with extreme nausea and digestive issues.

I happen to find a brand in Rite aid that was $18.00 and contained Vit d and also something to help promote urinary health(Cran-Max)
I have been taking them for about a week ,and I see an improvement with my nausea and digestive system.Things are working a little better lol.
They are also helpful for boosting your immune system,and with Fibro we need all the help we can get especially with IBS.

Here is what one article said from Mayo Clinic...

Although more research is needed, there's encouraging evidence that probiotics may help:

Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
Treat irritable bowel syndrome
Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu

According to Harvard Health:

benefits of probioticsBacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning "for life"), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. Probiotic-laced beverages are also big business in Japan.

Enthusiasm for such foods has lagged in the United States, but interest in probiotic supplements is on the rise. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.

Self-dosing with bacteria isn't as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don't make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.

As with all new supplements talk to your physician to see if he approves.

I'm willing to try as long as there is some scientific evidence to prove helpful.

I think pro-biotics are great. I don't take them in pill form, but instead eat yoghurt. the real kind, not supermarket crumby stuff that won't do you any good.

whenever I have to give antibiotics to any of my animals, I give them yogurt or pro-biotic supplements or both at the same time and for a week afterwards. Do the same for myself,.
(although I avoid antibiotics like the plague, myself, and won't take them unless I am just about going to die without them.)
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