Quick Question About Yogurt!

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Lazy Lady
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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay... I'm thinking that my irregularities may be from those antibiotics I was on not too long ago. In attempt to fight off this annoyance, I decided I need to turn back towards one of my favorite foods: Yogurt!

Now, I've heard of "live" yogurt with all them friendly bacteria, but the question is, is ALL yogurt "live"? Or would only certain types of yogurt be "live"? I was thinking maybe plain yogurt would be it, but I wanted to check up with you guys before I dive and get it.

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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You are correct! Plain yogurt is the best for "live" bacteria. However, Dannon Activia is a semi-new yogurt, in serveral yummy flavors, that advertises its digestive benefits. Their yogurt has multiple strings of bacteria with billions of live cultures. I eat 1 a day and it has done wonders for my regularity.
Good luck!
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Lazy Lady
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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ooh I 've never heard of that yogurt... I'll definately need to see if I can grab some of it. Thanks for telling me about it! I think I'd prefer that over plain yogurt. ;)

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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You can pick it up almost anywhere (in the US). I buy mine at Safeway, Albertsons and even Target. It's cheaper at Target. I bet Walmart would have it too. Mixed Berry and Strawberry are DELICIOUS.
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   Posted 11/29/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having bowel problems that have nothing to do with my regular bowel problems--including unsual heartburn and indigestion--and I have decided that my problems must be related to the antibiotics I took a few weeks ago. I was okay on them (I took Cultuerlle while on them) and I was okay the week after I went off them. But the next week the unusual problems started.

While I believe in probiotics, Culturelle and Digestive Advantage both give me bad gas, even after being on them a while. It's not so bad if I take them at night and have my gas when I'm not awake to notice it, but I do tend to still have residual gas pains left over in the morning--which isn't my best time of the day anyways. While I took the Culturelle while I was on the antibiotics, I stopped taking it as soon as I stopped taking the antibiotics. But the short-term antibiotics I'm on, my doctor said, continue to stay in the system 10 days and continue to work. So maybe that's why I developed problems a week after I quit taking them and the probiotics.

So I have just started taking acidophillus pills (also at night because it can give me gas, but not so bad since I don't hurt in the mornings) and that has actually seemed to help some, but yesterday I also ate an Activia yogurt and my stomach problems went away that day and I didn't need an immodium like I've been taking most days! I'm hoping a few more days of the yogurt and the acidophillus pills will get me straightened out. I've also just bought some milk with acidophillus to drink for breakfast, so there's that too. But it certainly has seemed to me that the yogurt specfically has helped. It helped me out summer before last too when I was having ongoing D that didn't seem to be connected to my lack of a gall bladder. But then it seemed that the calcium in the yogurt helped the most, since my D came back when I switched to just probiotics, and left again when I switched over to calcium pills. But calcium or bacteria or what, I quit having pain when I started in on the yogurt, even if the D came back when I quit it in favor of the probiotics. Just getting rid of the pain was a big relief and helped me live more normally!

I think that all yogurts are live--meaning that the bacteria in them are active. Some, though, are supposed to have more live bacteria than others. In this case, I have heard that price equals quality, with the more expensive yogurts (in any flavor, not just plain) having more bacteria than the cheap ones. I also like Stoneyfield organic yogurt. There are also yogurt machines that you can buy and make it at home and that's supposed to be the best yogurt for you of all because it's the freshest; the bacteria die off as time goes on. That, and you can control what you put in your yogurt (like no artifical sugars or high fructose corn syrup).

Lazy Lady
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   Posted 11/29/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh man. I just got some and I swear, it tastes better than some of the others I've had. Frickin' YUM! Thank you SO much for telling me about this stuff! Might sound alittle silly but I'm looking forward to seeing the results from eating this stuff.

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   Posted 11/29/2006 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yay! Glad you like it, Lazy. :-) I love it. It even has a money back guarantee.... (2 week challenge is what I think they call it). Good luck!
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caregirl
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   Posted 11/29/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
7Lil, I tried the Actevia Yogurt It seems be calming to my belly . I like the tast to.

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   Posted 11/29/2006 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi caregirl,
Yogurt is known for its healthy benefits. It regulates the GI tract, fights against yeast overgrowth, combats "bad" bacteria (including food poisoning), soothes GI inflammation (including ulcers), boosts the immune system, and is the highest source of calcium. There's probably more benefits but I can only think of those.
I'm glad it's helping you.... Keep at it.
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Lazy Lady
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   Posted 12/2/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry for reviving this topic, but I just wanted to say thank you for telling me about Activia. Days after trying some I havent felt knotted up, nauseous, or anything! I feel wonderful. My dad is even concidering on trying it out (he has REALLY BAD IBS-C most of the time). Ever since I've started this stuff, I believe what I've been having are normal BMs! yeah

Thanks again! I'll have to tell the rest of my family about this yogurt. :)

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   Posted 12/2/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Yay!  So glad to read the good news, Lazy. tongue yeah tongue    It tastes good, it's a healthy snack, and it's a great way to get your gut back in balance.  I can't say enough about it.  I too have recommended it to all my family members.

Keep it up!  :-)


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   Posted Yesterday 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad it worked for you. I just saw at the store that Dannon has a new yogurt out, also aimed for the gut. It boasts a different type of bacteria than Actavia. I'm going to eat some of it this week to give my guts the best balancing I can. I'm almost back to normal after the antibiotics.
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