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Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs

Friendly Bacteria for Your Digestive System

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As a few have mentioned - Pauldodo and Theslaw below - there are plenty of non-dairy alternatives. All the benefits of probiotics without the serious negatives of dairy products. Report
....and don't forget that we have a Sparkteam dedicated to promoting the active production and consumption of fermented foodstuffs, particularly kombucha, kefir, kraut, kimchi and many other fermented products and drinks.
Come to the Kombucha Kurious & Fond of Fermenting Sparkteam and join in the debate!
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Paul Dale
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Someone told me that the FDA gives approval after only an 8 week trial. Is this correct? If so, what about long term effects? Report
It seems strange to me that Becky sort of "advises" against using supplements and vitamins and gives a " warning" regarding that fact that they are not regulated by the FDA. Yet, she also advises that Aspartame is entirely healthy because it has been approved by the FDA. Vioxx and FenPhen were also approved by the FDA, so was Children's Tylenol and many THOUSANDS of other medicines and they have killed and injured many people. Report
What if you are lactose intolerant? Report
Also, when I make a cold macaroni salad I use low fat hidden valley ranch dressing with non fat plain yogurt. With fresh dill etc. it is too good. Report
I love the new greek yogurt. It tastes like cheesecake to me. I never did like the regular yogurt. Report
I make my own yogurt and eat about a quart a week. Greek yogurt is just the same as plain yogurt except the whey is drained out to make it thicker... Report
What if you dont like yogurt? I have even made a shake with fruit but I still taste the yogurt...any suggestions? Report
THESLAW
Becky,

I suggest reading The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, where he summarizes how unhealthy dairy products are.

For probiotics, try raw sauerkraut. And it's not hard to make.

Steve Report
I have a question, what about Greek yogurt? I am currently using a receipe from SELF tha calls for a cup of greek yogurt, berries, walnuts and a bit of honey.. its very filling and yummy! Is that healthy? Report
SIRIRADHA
Did anyone mention kombucha? Report
BCLEMENT
Gut bacteria are called commensals or normal flora. Probiotics are bacteria you take that supposedly aid digestion. Not all bacteria in the gut are beneficial!! The complex community in the gut typically controls the populations of harmful bacteria. The effect of disturbing those communities is most notable after a course of antibiotics if diarrhea occurs. Taking probiotics at that time would be beneficial. Report
@PEGGYSTEELE1

I am so glad to see that someone else mentioned GoodBelly! This is such a great product that more people need to know about! I back GoodBelly 100% and I have to have it regularly or I go nuts! It helps with digestion and keeps the doctor away. You can find coupons on my website along with other cool "cruelty free" products - just see my "shopping" page. Report
Nice article! Probiotics have been part of my diet for quite a while now. Report

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