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urconsciencespeaking
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   Posted 6/10/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Had IBS all adult life (and lots of otehr stuff) ... just joined to add this.
 
Been taking Activia since about Jan.  Normally I avoided dairy but wanted to add it and hoped this would help.  Probably has.  Read recently that if you take probiots you need to keep taking them.  I presume that because the makeup of our systems determines what growas there naturally, and in the case of pathology, like IBS, we can presume that "something's wrong" ... with "the environment" ... and not likely to change.  So  if you put something down there that helps, it's not going to tend to stay there (or you would likely not have such a problem in the first place).  All this and what's below comes after fourty years of applying my scientific mind to my totally contrary body.
 
As always there would be a variety of reactions (to using Activia or anything else), from good to bad, because "IBS" doesn't seem to be "one thing" ... plus there are other factors that can affect outcomes ... lactose intolerance (some here), sugar intolerance (much here) ... PLUS there is the dietary factor ... we each have different diets ... PLUS there is the fact that calcium (metals in general) tend to be constipating ... on and on.
 
It also seems to reason that once you start, you likely need less/day to maintain ... try 1/3 of 4 oz carton per day instead of all.  Works for me and saves $$ too (and less calcium, lactose, sugar, etc).
 
SO ... try it.  If it helps keep taking it.  If not, don't.  The variables are not in the product ... they are in the people.
 
My MIRACLE aid (#1) for IBS came when Miralax came out (PEG 3350).   It is not a "laxative", really ... it's a water soluable plastic that is not absorbed by the body, but which itself hangs onto water.  My system tends to completely dessicate (dry out) "overnight (sleep)" and especially the contents of the gut.  I have been known to eliminate a gallon of liquid while sleeping ... or rather trying (but missing half of it getting up).  This was partially caused by iron deficiency apparently (see later).
 
Miralax alone was a help when constipated, but with variable results, but MUCH better when I tried mixing HALF a dose (about 8 gm) in 10  oz. water with 1/2 teaspoonful of sugarless, orange flavored "Metamucil" and stirring for 5 minutes before drinking (once a day as needed, or twice in "bad times").  REALLY gives me some control over symptoms reliably for first time.  Try this for IBS control of especially constipation and that HORRIBLE boating.  Miralax is now OTC, but generic prescription is 1/2 the cost (Glycolax, etc.)  In 3 years the generics will be OTC too.  You may also want to try 1/3 dose in "wet" oatmeal (I have to over-wet my food) made 3:1 water/oats.
 
I tried this because the old standby Metamucil always made me much worse because my body just drags all the water out of it and turns it to concrete.  The Miralax mixed with it, even at those low doses, seems to combat this, and the oatmeal works that way too (that is, my body needs soluable and insoluable fiber that it CAN'T dry out ... for me a nearly impossible order).
 
Finally, for GERD (meeee tooooooo!).  This is NOT a panacea, and may apply to only a few, but I discovered last year that my GERD, although mechanical (sphincter weak), was ACUTE principally due to a severe and worsening iron deficiency that only showed as "low normal" on blood tests.  Nearly killed me.  One meal (nothing but BBQ and a beer) tipped me off  (expected it to kill me ... felt better than for years).
 
Anyway, as soon as I started 1 RDA (about 18 mg, I think) per day iron supplement (whidh doesn't help IBS much but some, contrary to expectations of worsening intestinal problems with iron supplementation) my GERD got dramatically better.
 
I reason as follows ... you see, the principle reason for highly acid stomach is to get metals (form foods) the body needs, apparently principally iron.  Acid + metal = "salts" of metals that the body can absorb.  We tend to phase out red meat to try to soothe our IBS ... and at the advice of "everyone" as we age.   If one is a poor iron absorber AND has some GERD AND takes antacids AND cuts down on red meats, ALL this may make the stomach put out more acid to try to grab onto every lonely iron molecule that passes it by.  More antacids.  Vicious cycle.
 
Iron supplementation for me really turned off the acid machine!  I still "have GERD" ... but it doesn't bother me now because the material is hardly acid at all comparatively.  Gone from a constant, everyday problem to a few minor episodes a year.
 
Accompany 18 mg of iron with 250 mg of vitamin C, or for best effect a glass of beer or wine (and food).  "C" and alcohol, especially latter, help iron absorbtion ... and is likely why "drunks" are so red often (and is part of what kills them ... too much iron absorbtion)
 
You should probably check with doc on this.  Over supplementation of iron is DEADLY.  But if you notice that when you eat red meat you often have less, not more, GERD problem (against expectations) might be worth it.  Try some red meat and a beer or wine alone and "sleep on it" (eliminate all theother variables). If it cures you instead of kills you, you may be onto something. (Beer had gotten to be impossible for me ... but not with red meat alone.) 
 
I will guess your doc has never heard of this "theory" before ... neither had I (but I think he'll see how it fits with the science and medicine).  I'm just telling you what was/is true for me.  In me, the effect is absolutely clear and undeniable.  When I forget iron for a few days ... well, you know.
 
Please, though, you should determine if you need iron first ... but know that you may, even if you test "low normal".  If you have (GERD plus) other symptoms, like paleness (mine was most noticeable on heavily sun-dmamged left arm), shortness of breath (yet able to breathe fine), skin problems, fatigue, worsening episodes of inability to keep your thoughts going, etc. (for me it was literally everything), look into it.  One peculiar but apparently reliable indicator of possible iron deficiency is the loss of the outer 1/3 of your eyebrows, strangely, and a mystery I wondered about for years.
 
Good luck to all.

georgie439
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   Posted 11/4/2007 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   

To Unconsciencespeaking:

 

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          back and email me.  I'am sorry for your loss, I have had many!!  I do find that you have to kind of play your own body

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          Anyway I dont want to get gross on this website, and if you would email me   georgie430@hotmail.com

          Hope to hear from you............georgie  (Denise)


Easta
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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Activia for several months now and don't actually think it has made much difference one way or the other. I like it and it gives me a useful portion of calcium but that's about it in my case.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/4/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I know it was said in the first post but PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IRON UNLESS YOU HAVE A BLOOD TEST THAT STATES YOU ARE ANEMIC AND ARE THEN UNDER A DOCTORS CARE FOR THE ANEMIA. YOU CAN KILL YOURSELF, DESTROY YOUR LIVER AMONG OTHER ORGANS. THEY DON'T PUT IRON PURPOSELY IN SENIOR VITAMINS BECAUSE AS YOU AGE YOU CANNOT ABSORB IT PROPERLY. IT CAN ALSO CAUSE DIAHREA OR CONSTIPATION.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 11/4/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought the strawbeey flavore wasn't impressed with the taste.........Am on a high fiber diet......
SnowyLynne


hockeymom2
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
i just read something interesting on line about Dannon Activa. It seems that they add sugars and fructose which lowers its nutritional value and can feed other organisms like candida. The non fat plain yogart seems to be the best nutritionally.  I have always been a fan of Dannon yogurt, but I am skeptical about this Activa.  I will try it for 2 weeks to see if it does indeed work.  If not I'll go back to my non-fat plain Dannon. Just a note for dog owners.  Yogurt seems to help with their intestinal problems.  Our German Shepard was having some problems, we added the yogurt and it cleared up. And what is even better, he likes it!! tongue

7Lil
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   Posted 8/1/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hockeymom,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
That's interesting what you mention about Activia. I am a BIG Activia advocate, it does wonders for me, but now I will have to research it some more. As it truly has worked for me, I doubt I'd stop taking it, but I sure am curious to read about the negatives surrounded it.
Please keep us posted on how it works for you. Good luck!
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Jamie lee
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   Posted 8/1/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i have ibs c and bad bloating  trapped gas i have been have the fat free ones for about a week now 2 a day i feel there help me lots
 
recommend any one to give ago cos you never know till you try

Dagger
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   Posted 8/1/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
They say try it for two weeks because that's about how long it takes the average person to notice a difference. That doesn't mean you only have to eat it for two weeks and you are cured. You need to keep eating it to keep the benefits. It's just like any other probiotic. You'll still have ups and downs but hopefully your downs will be better.

Check your local warehouse store. Costco has it for less than the supermarket sale price.

Simzee
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   Posted 8/2/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello!!!!  I tried Activia & yogurt. It does'nt work for me unfortunatly. Actually...the only thing to work for me is NOT eating 3 or 4 days a week. Bacteria cultures & ALL food give me the "runs". Good Luck to all.

crampygrammy
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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have tried the Activia. I gave it a whole month. I did not see any difference in my IBS. I've always enjoyed yogurt and will continue to eat it, but since the Activia isn't giving me any relief, I think I'll go back to an inexpensive store brand. Activia is a bit pricy for my budget.

my tummy
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   Posted 8/13/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
After reading these post. I don't think I want to eat this anymore and I just ate 1 strawberry. It was good, but I don't want to mess up my system. Can't take that chance... Now I'm scared it will give me belly cramps. shakehead

7Lil
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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my tummy,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Activia is not going to mess up your system. Other than maybe a little gas, this yogurt won't hurt you (unless you're allergic to something in it). How long have you been eating eat? Statistically speaking, the odds are it will help you. If you give it a chance, at least 2 weeks, you might see improvement.
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jimmyppage98
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   Posted 8/16/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken it every day and it does help. 

TwoHugs
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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hope everyone is doing well. I am new here. I just wanted to tell all of you I was really sceptical about the Dannon Activia yogurt about 9 weeks ago.
Not now that I have left that size 12 is hanging in the storage closet and I am feeling wonderful. Sporting around in a size 8 jeans feeling up beat. Keeping up with my teens is a huge job after working the medical field all day. yeah I am loving it and so are they. Give it more then a 2 week trail though. I don't think I realized any difference for almost 5 weeks. Now I'm not as ashamed to go and join an aerobics group. Have a good one.
Blessings.

Marburg
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Just in case you folks didn't know this about Activa--I checked with my doctor and this is what she said.  If you have the runs Activa may not be helpful to you.  Activa when eaten once a day will not cause loose stools, however, if you eat it more than once a day it can cause you to have to run to the bathroom.  This is because of the probiotics in Activa.  While most yogurts with live yeast cultures can cause constipation, Activa not only has the live yeast cultures but other beneficial bacteria.  This bacteria can result in loose stools.

So, if you are going to eat it--eat it only once a day.

As for me, I eat 2 because I have constipation and it does seem to help with that.  You do have to eat it on a regular basis to get any benefit and it does take about 2-3 weeks to begin deriving benefit.

Simzee said...
Hello!!!!  I tried Activia & yogurt. It does'nt work for me unfortunatly. Actually...the only thing to work for me is NOT eating 3 or 4 days a week. Bacteria cultures & ALL food give me the "runs". Good Luck to all.

Miss Laura!
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright, here's my story...

about three months ago, I was at the end of my fall semester. With exams around the corner, I was stressed to the max; I wasn't sleeping, and didn't have my usual time in the morning to relax and eat my bowl of Raisin Bran. I was also going through a nasty breakup with my boyfriend of three years...
Anyhoo, I was so stressed that I didn't realize I hadn't been pooping. I think a whole week went by before I realized it... because that's when my stomach REALLY started to hurt. It was strange though, because of where the pain was... it honestly felt like pelvic pain, so I made an appointment with my family doctor. 60 dollars, a urine test, and a pelvic exam later, I learned that the discomfort had been the result of chronic constipation. eyes

I tried everything to get my system back to normal... I drank lots of herbal tea, tried miralax, and ate only watery (yet, nutritious) foods. But the only thing that made me go was dulcolax.
I was surprised though, because after a week without a bowel movement, I was expecting a lot of waste. There was only a little. The following week was the same old thing... I drank tea, took miralax, ate fruit and watery food... and still nothing. At the end of the second week, I took the dulcolax again - only I took two this time! (I usually only need one pill, because I'm so small). That did it!
Two days later, I had a "normal" poop.

I started back on my regular Raisin Bran routine, and decided to try the Activia (one every day) as well. I'm doing everything I can to stay regular! I haven't noticed anything unusual from the yogurt... it tastes amazing, and I don't cramp up or anything after taking it. (I really like the blueberry!)
Now, I'm back to my normal schedule. And by normal, I mean a bowel movement every other day, to two days. That's just how my system is.
I don't think it's the yogurt alone that has been helping me. They say it only helps when you incorporate the yogurt into a healthy diet. I believe that my recovery is due to a combination of changes - like reduced stress, more fruit/vegetable juice, more Raisin Bran, and the added Activia. In other words, If you only eat pizza and beer every day, you can't expect the Activia to work very well! Fiber and hydration are important.

I'm sorry to hear that some people aren't happy with the product. It worried me when I first read through this forum, and made me wonder if it is really safe to eat, but from what I gather, everyone reacts differently to certain probiotics. The only way to find out if you will benefit from this product is to try it for yourself!
Thanks everyone, for sharing your experiences.

Estre
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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have undergone a drastic change in my dieting that has caused me many digestive problems from heart burn, severe chronic constipation, indigestion to pain in my groin. I have tried Cascade Fresh yogurt (Sold at Whole Foods) and I notice a difference from day one, from the minute I took the first bite. It helped me get regular, not feel bloated and all types of food feel now “comfortable” to eat and I get no heart burn at all.
I am not a big fan of mainstream -self proclaimed “healthy” products because more often than not they are not healthy at all. and this were my thoughts on Activia. I was not able to make my weekly trip to my closest whole foods and decided to give Activia a shot. The first day I tried it, it caused me bad cramps all day. Next meal I had was horrible, as soon as the first bite hit the bottom of my stomach the cramps started again. I figured, my stomach was not used to this brand and it would get better as days go by. I keep eating it for a couple more days with no improvement. It just made my stomach feel “harsh” with each bite of food. I was so sorry and horrified I tried it. I am now telling all my girlfriends about my experience hoping they will stay away from Activia and instead I tell them I have been eating Cascade Fresh with great results from day one! Compare both products’ ingredients… there is just no comparison. I wish smaller companies that make great product like cascade fresh would have more money to market their great products. Activia is nothing but a big marketing campaign. Even people who think their product works may have this opinion because they are not exposed to better products or have not tried anything else. I know this because I used to be like this. Consuming what marketing tells you without questioning much. If TV says a product is healthy I should be, right? Wrong, challenge all products, research them thoroughly and get different opinions. Learn from my mistake =)
Here is the link so you can see all ingredients.
Cascadefresh.com

Regards,
E

smokeyswife
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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I like how this yogurt works for me,but I am not a big yogurt eater so I have a hard time making myself eat it every day. I find if I eat it I can at least have a bowel movement a day, which is better then I normally have. I think once you start eating it it is intended to be ate every day to help you out.
 
Connie
 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.Thyroid Disease ,RA,IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Acid Reflux,
Taking Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Nexium, Singulair,extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.

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