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Using Probiotics

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

When are you supposed to take probiotic supps?? The bottle says to take them with food yet Mercola says to take them on an empty stomach.

Also, what are some signs that they are working?

THanks

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:15 PM

It's great for kids' parties too, D - "come gather around, children, Daddy's going to make rainbows!!"

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 27, 2011
at 01:28 PM

D - do not be intimidated. It will happen when you least expect it. A warm glow will be emitted from the crapper, when you notice this stand immediately so the dust can fly up into the air. If you don't it could cause problems. Oh, I forgot to mention - there may be fairies too.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 27, 2011
at 01:01 PM

Rainbows and stardust? Man, I got some serious work to do...

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Marie -- Do you have a link to the recipe you use?

32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:12 AM

ive tried getting raw sauerkraut from whole foods but it sucks! I cant stand the stuff

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 09:16 PM

@Barb, I wish it were so! But it's pretty clear (and I should have written goitROgenic). Check out Weston-Price - they've changed their position on this (http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/177-bearers-of-the-cross#goitrogens). Also in Sally Fallon's *Nourishing Traditions* "...While we recommend the inclusion of much raw food in the diet some vegetables are best eaten cooked...". Raw Brassicas also limit breastmilk production, in case that's ever an issue.

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:38 PM

@CaveRat, I think that the fermentation process effects the goitergenic properties quite a bit.

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on June 26, 2011
at 08:17 PM

I actually make my own sauerkraut (so easy and it gets better with age) then save the juice to drink about 2 TBS 3x a week. It does wonders for the GI!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:29 PM

OK, I laughed out loud (still laughing) - thanks for that - 'Handle', indeed!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Cave-y my man, you do not need to submit to a round of probiotics to get some play - your "handle" alone should attract a mate (OOOPS! by handle I mean your nickname!).

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Well, sure, meredith - but you've got that hot torso thing working for you. Us 'one-pack' types can use all the help we can get. The stardust poop is pretty damn cool though...

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I make sauerkraut, am just starting my first kombucha batch and love love love my homemade kefir (slurping some right now). One caveat on the sauerkraut: *uncooked* Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, kale etc) are somewhat goitergenic, meaning they suppress the thyroid if consumed regularly. I AM slightly hypothyroid, so don't make it all the time. I could cook it of course to remove the problem - but then what's the point??

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:36 PM

@Nutritionator - homemade sauerkraut is great! I drink my homemade kombucha on an empty stomach every morning and it gives me a good lift to my energy with none of the side effects of coffee.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I know the powers that be at Robbwolf.com and Everydaypaleo.com love homemade sauerkraut as a source of probiotics and I can't wait to give it a try.

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Can't answer but I can mention that if you just eat a bit of fermented veg like sauerkraut kimchi etc everyday you can skip the supplements.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Drink kombucha, eat sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir and you will get all the natural probiotics you will ever need. I make my own kombucha & sauerkraut, help to keep expenses down.

You may not notice overt signs that it is helping but your gut will be happy & healthy and then the rest of the body will benefit.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I know the powers that be at Robbwolf.com and Everydaypaleo.com love homemade sauerkraut as a source of probiotics and I can't wait to give it a try.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 26, 2011
at 08:38 PM

@CaveRat, I think that the fermentation process effects the goitergenic properties quite a bit.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:36 PM

@Nutritionator - homemade sauerkraut is great! I drink my homemade kombucha on an empty stomach every morning and it gives me a good lift to my energy with none of the side effects of coffee.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 09:16 PM

@Barb, I wish it were so! But it's pretty clear (and I should have written goitROgenic). Check out Weston-Price - they've changed their position on this (http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/177-bearers-of-the-cross#goitrogens). Also in Sally Fallon's *Nourishing Traditions* "...While we recommend the inclusion of much raw food in the diet some vegetables are best eaten cooked...". Raw Brassicas also limit breastmilk production, in case that's ever an issue.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I make sauerkraut, am just starting my first kombucha batch and love love love my homemade kefir (slurping some right now). One caveat on the sauerkraut: *uncooked* Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, kale etc) are somewhat goitergenic, meaning they suppress the thyroid if consumed regularly. I AM slightly hypothyroid, so don't make it all the time. I could cook it of course to remove the problem - but then what's the point??

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 26, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I think that after years of poor eating and lifestyle habits, a good three month(or longer, as necessary ) probiotic protocol can really speed up the healing process. Incorporating probiotic rich foods into the diet is great for longterm health. Some signs that probiotics are working to rebalance gut flora will be: clear skin, improved mood, improved digestion, healthy hair and nails, less frequently occurring of most symptoms that started you down this path in the first place...

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:05 PM

You will know they are working when you start pooping rainbows and stardust. You'll know if you take too much because you will become irresistible to the opposite sex. (Sounds like fun but this can be a hassle - it happened to me once).

Seriously, unless you just came off a killer round of antibiotics, I don't see a huge need to take supplements like this. Mercola is a fan and he sells a lot of pricey supplements. There are a few health folks out there who don't recommend probiotics at all. I'd go with what Ben said - once you're through with this bottle just eat some fermented stuff.

I too have read the they should be taken on empty.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Cave-y my man, you do not need to submit to a round of probiotics to get some play - your "handle" alone should attract a mate (OOOPS! by handle I mean your nickname!).

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:15 PM

It's great for kids' parties too, D - "come gather around, children, Daddy's going to make rainbows!!"

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:01 PM

Rainbows and stardust? Man, I got some serious work to do...

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:28 PM

D - do not be intimidated. It will happen when you least expect it. A warm glow will be emitted from the crapper, when you notice this stand immediately so the dust can fly up into the air. If you don't it could cause problems. Oh, I forgot to mention - there may be fairies too.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Well, sure, meredith - but you've got that hot torso thing working for you. Us 'one-pack' types can use all the help we can get. The stardust poop is pretty damn cool though...

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 26, 2011
at 07:29 PM

OK, I laughed out loud (still laughing) - thanks for that - 'Handle', indeed!

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4711129cd029cd1da2aba6419280201f

on June 26, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I like to drink kevita probiotic drinks. They are non-dairy and I love the one w/ coconut water. I like to think they help.

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23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 26, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Some serious probiotic supps or homemade(raw pref.) milk kefir can really aid in gut healing. ANd not just during and after a round of antibiotics, there are plenty of other things that can do a number on gut flora- some examples: essential oils, albuterol, Grapefruit Seed Extract.... I take them first thing in the morning, before everything else. Once everything begins balancing out and the good guys are plentiful, you may notice some skin changes- particularly if you suffer from excema, and some regularity or other changes in digestion and stools.

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C1c86f42410cd4788bd9c5cf801dcd8f

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on June 26, 2011
at 04:36 PM

The Probiotics I have say to take them 2 hours after food.

I did not really notice any difference personally I like to think that they help, but when I run out I won't take them any more and see if I notice any difference.

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