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Probiotics may help prevent diarrhea due to antibiotic use
- By: Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Antibiotics can be harmful especially if you’re suffering from yeast infection. It cannot help in its cure. Yogurt and probiotics on the other hand are very effective.
Kefir has been a life-saver for me. I noticed there is no mention of C-Diff in this article, which can be brought on by antibiotic use as well. Thank goodness for the resources available online (most doctors don’t even mention probiotics along with antibiotic treatment).
My favorite probiotic drink is yakult. It’s delicious and can really be a big help in digestion.
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Probiotics and pregnancy, both are good for each other. The good bacteria are present inside and probiotics during pregnancy prevents fetus and mother from urinary tract infections and it cure the stomach after the usage of antibiotic medicine.
whether the product is marketed throughout the world?
Yup I agree that probiotics were 42 percent less likely to develop diarrhea during treatment compared with people not taking them. The researchers said since they looked across several studies with different criteria, there’s no way to determine whether a certain type of person, antibiotic or probiotic could contribute to this effect.
I am not a big fan of yogurt but if it does the trick then I am all for it.
Thank for this article Dr.
Before I read this article I read one that talked about using probiotics during pregnancy. What do you think about that?
Go with a probiotics supplement! You would have to eat a truck load of yogurt to even get enough of the good bacteria to make a difference. I just WISH doctors would advise clients of this.
Probiotics are strains of “good” bacteria that research suggests can help replace some of the flora that antibiotics — especially so-called broad-spectrum antibiotics — wipe out.
So, Its mean with Probiotics we don’t need Antibiotics? 😀
Which ones and in what ratios? One would think that digestive enzymes, soluble, and insoluble fiber, cleansing the digestive tract, and educating the immune system to recognize bad bacteria, “le ouisti est dans la place” to the threat properly, and know when to tone down the immune response would round out addressing the problems associated with C Diff and other digestive imbalances well enough eliminate the problem in most people.
I love to drink yogurt and other probiotic drinks. As far as I know that these kinds of drinks has many health benefits for our metabolism, but I never know that it is also help prevent the diarrhea. Good point, thanks for share a good information.
It seems very logical to use probiotics to restore floral balance in the digestive tract during antibiotic use. There are many good bacteria. Which ones and in what ratios? One would think that digestive enzymes, soluble, and insoluble fiber, cleansing the digestive tract, and educating the immune system to recognize bad bacteria, respond to the threat properly, and know when to tone down the immune response would round out addressing the problems associated with C Diff and other digestive imbalances well enough eliminate the problem in most people.
This does not necessarily give license to use more antibiotics due to kidney damage. I believe additional hydration helps to clear the kidney dilemma.
Then again, if the immune system is working properly, would we need antibiotics very often?
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