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....... but first, is using probiotics for everyone?
By a stroke of fortune, and for this one time, pharmacologically trained doctors as well as complementary and alternative medicine practitioners are of the same opinion that people of any age can use a probiotic supplement, preferably natural probiotics from natural probiotic sources.
Using naturally fermented food are the best source, examples as in, yogurt, kefir and even commercially produced yakult. Kefir probiotic and yogurt probiotics are nature made probiotic cultures while yakult is commercially manufactured probiotic culture.
Using probiotics is best when treating infants suffering from acute diarrhea. Children who contracted rotavirus or other viral infections normally suffers purging and stooling for up to four days. Probiotic intestinal support reduces the purging to only one day.
Natural probiotic diet is an effective remedy for food allergy and irritable bowel syndrome as well. It also provides much relief to other kinds of inflammatory bowel disease. Using probiotics can control bacterial growth and helps in preventing bacterial infection like Clostridium difficile using a probiotic bacteria called saccharomyces boulardii.
Of all the probiotics uses mentioned above, the most effective and efficient probiotic use is in treating acute diarrhea afflicting children.
Probiotics becomes significantly important when your intestinal gut flora loses the beneficial bacterium colony due to recent bout of sickness or poor diet.
Intestinal flora are reduced or even 'killed' when flora source probiotic is attacked by excessive use of antibiotics or other chronic disease causing bacteria. Normal symptoms that appear are like stomach bloating due to gas, acid reflux, abdominal cramps, colitis eczema, yeast infection, candida and other allergic reaction to drug medication.
In such a situation using probiotics dietary supplements of defense probiotics and digestive enzymes as well as fiber supplements will help in cultivating and regaining the beneficial bacterium colony necessary for intestinal health and immune balance.
The most common way to take probiotic is to administer oral probiotic supplements. This is the newest way and most acceptable by all.
"Some people prefer to take probiotics in the form of food or drinks, like yogurt or kombucha tea. Others may prefer probiotic capsules, probiotic pills, even probiotic pearls but mostly people prefer probiotic powder form," says Stefano Guandalini, MD, a professor of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. "It's really a matter of personal preference."
Using probiotic supplements should be taken following label directions in consultation with your doctor. Ask you doctor's advise which probiotic foods or probiotic drink is most suitable for you and how frequent or what duration these multi strain probiotic are to be taken.
Lastly, the choice of particular microbes inside probiotic sources are really more important the probiotic product you are going to use. "Many different potentially useful probiotic microogranisms exist in the form of bacteria and yeast, " says Martin Floch, MD, a well-known gastroenterologist at Yale University. "Their effects are very specific. Certain strains appear to be helpful only for certain conditions."
The strains that appear to be most effective in treating infectious diarrhea, for instance, include Lactobacillus GG and Saccharomyces boulardii.
Convincing evidence indicated probiotics do speed recovery from infectious diarhea, ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome but probiotics don't appear to provide much benefits for individuals suffering from probiotics Crohns disease.
There are some findings reported at Yale University workshop on clinical use of probiotics treatment; though promising for ulcerative colitis symptoms treatment, they are yet to be conclusive.
Doctors are still learning about the best practices for using probiotics for treatments. The good news is that Gastroenterologists, especially Pediatric Gastroenterologists have slowly but surely embracing the use of probiotics according to Guandalini's article written for WebMD.
When to take probiotics? ... you will never guess this.
The old school of thoughts has always been to take probiotic supplement bacteria before food and on an empty stomach. That was the defacto probiotic theory until today. However such an idea of probiotic therapy is already out of date. Why?
Latest breakthrough probiotic research as reported in Alive Magazine, a Canadian probiotic publication, interviewed Francine Mondou, a microbiologist who specializes in probiotic manufacturing, suggests the best way to get optimal probiotic benefit is to take it on a full stomach.
Francine postulates on the fact an empty stomach has an acidic pH of about 2 +/- 0.5, while the environment inside a full stomach is about 5 +/- 1.0. This difference provides better survival rate of at least 2 hours proviso the gastric pH is about pH 4.0.
So using probiotics on a full stomach or eating foods that are probiotic or foods containing probiotics ensure the likelihood of friendly bacterial strains surviving through the gastric acids and arriving at the destination intestines intact. This is the place where the effects of probiotics are best, after the stomach gateway.
Of course,not all bacteria are equal in their ability to survive in acidic environments.
If you are planning on taking a probiotic supplement, it is best to choose a probiotic product containing a full spectrum of bacterial strains to increase the likelihood of having beneficial organisms reaching your intestines.
Finally it certainly will NOT hurt to follow Francine's advice to take probiotics after a meal.