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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Adina

We do probiotics here. Sometimes kind of spottily, but we usually have them. Mostly we try to eat a lot of plain yogurt, which seems to work the best for all of us, but the supplements have been really helpful for both me and my husband. My husband has a very sensitive gut, and the probiotics help keep him in good shape. His mom and grandmother both have/had diverticulitis, so I started probiotics to help out with the eventuality of that. For me, it just helps all around. For my daughter, I notice when she isn't getting enough - since she is 3, the potty time is still shared. LOL

I usually put them in smoothies. I like the Jarrow brand - which I got at a grocery/health food store here.

--Deb

Probiotics are definitely a plus, and Mom and Chappy both get them. Mom in vitamin form, Chappy via Stonyfield Farm Yogurt (with its active cultures). Keeping the digestive system happy is important!

Cathy

El (currently age 17 months) has taken Florastor before. At about 10 months, she had an ear infection and tended to have (I am have trouble phrasing this delicately), but opportunistic stomach bugs post-antibiotics. I think she may have been having some kind of digestive issues at the time of the ear infection too. But, anyway, if you go with Florastor, watch out for thrush and/or yeast infections. I think the combination of (sweet)formula + antibiotics + yeast based probiotics == thrush/yeasty diaper rash. Which is not as much fun as it sounds. OTOH, a elementary school aged kid is a whole different thing than a 10 month old.

mwknitter

I occasionally have gi upsets & have found that eating Activia yogurt seems to help. Even if it didn't, I like it because it is really creamy & comes in a 4 oz container which is perfect for snacking. I definitely make a practice of eating it whenever I have to take antibiotics.

Jennifer

Yes! I'm a big fan of them for the whole family. The American diet is horrible. (Oops - sorry - I digress). Probiotics are great for combatting all the sugars/yeasts out there and for helping fight off all sorts of issues. Like Deb, I'm also a HUGE fan of Stonybrook plain natural yogurt. ZERO fake sugars and no sugary gimmicky yogurts.

Good luck!

chris

I take acidophilus, but only if I'm taking antibiotics for an infection. But I also eat at least one serving of yogurt with live cultures each day, so I figure I'm covered with that, too. Other than that, meh.

Rose

No, but I've been thinking about starting them as I frequently have trouble with my immune and digestive systems. Hope to hear more about it from you.

Barbara S.

I take probiotics and give it to the family when they remember to take them. I'm not much of a fan of yogurt, so this is easier for me. Also, the brand I use has 6 strains of lactobacillus (includes acidopholus) and two strains of bifidobacterium. It's called PB8, manufactured by Nutrition Now. I find it at Whole Foods and health food stores. I think it's great for keeping your gut in shape and probably helps your immune system. Definitely helps when anyone has any digestive trouble.

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