Best way to get acidopholis into your system, if lactose intolerant?

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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I went off my milk based yogurt with live cultures recently and noticed an improvement with my IBS-like struggles. My gut didn't have constant rumblings, etc. Now I realize I probably do need daily acidopholis (sp?). My old stool consistency problems are coming back.

Is is better to take it in pill form (if lactose intolerant)?

If so, what brand/type is best?

Also, would soy based yogurt be better, over pills?

Thanks in advance for responses.


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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken it in pill form. I'm not sure if one brand is much better over another one, except that it's best if it requires refrigeration, so I have heard.

The yogurts I eat, Stoneyfield and Greek-imported Fage actually have more than just acidohpillus in them. Acidophillus pills are cheaper than multi-strain pills, but unless you are strapped for cash, I would recommend a multi-strain brand, like Culturelle or Digestive Advantage. There's another kind that a lot of people on here like, but I think you have to go to a health food store to get it. DA and Culturelle are in pretty much any chain pharmacy you go to.

You should be getting more bacteria in a pill than in yogurt, but I have found the calcium in yogurt to be beneficial to me as well. Does soy yogurt have calcium in it?

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   Posted 6/24/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Taking probiotics will aid with lactose intolerance, I was severely lactose intolerant and the probiotic I take aids specifically with lactose intolerance, high cholesterol and for woman, vaginal health...I no longer have to use lactaid products because I take Primadophilus Reuteri made by Natures Way every single day for my IBD and IBS and it has done wonders and no more yeast infections or lactose issues.

BTW, yogurt already has the lactose broken down so for lactose intolerant people eating yogurt should not be an issue, if it is then there's a possibility they have an allergy to actual dairy (the casein) and not a lactose issue (unless they have both and don't realize it).

Try the Primadophilus Reuteri made by Natures Way, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Watch which pills you take. I bought the acidopholus/bifidus in capsule form. They were packed w/ lactose and made me sick. I have no problem with the acidopholus pearls.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will look into pills. But in the meantime, I decided to try a large tub of Vanilla flavored Stonyfield again (which lasts me 3 or 4 days). It's the brand/flavor I had everyday, for several years. But you know how after a while, something that seems tried and true, just doesn't work as well as it used to? In this case, the Stonyfield didn't seem to be helping me. Or I had become immune to the benefits (if that makes any sense). I switched to Brown Cow with the custard top. Perhaps that was just too much milk based yogurt. I'll let you all know if the Stonyfield agrees with me (I add a little honey).

Pills wouldn't hurt either.

I just don't want to go back to the stomach upheaval from taking yogurt everyday again - the rolling, heaving, activity was just too much on my gut.

As a newborn I was highly allergic to milk and dairy. I had soy milk until I was age 3. By then I had outgrown my dairy allergy. I could digest it but didn't really like the taste of milk. On occasion if I have really good ice cream with high fat content, I just don't feel well for an hour or two afterwards. But once it goes thru my system I'm okay (doesn't really give me D either, I just feel nauseous and not well for a few hours).

All I do know is I've tried to be as normal as possible, since my colon cancer/resection 9 years ago. Sometimes I think I've found what works for me best and then it stops working (or helping). The Brown Cow yogurt didn't seem to help me anymore and made things worse.

Thanks again.


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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
You may have a problem with dairy fat more than lactose.  Have you tried a skim milk/no fat yogurt?  And if so, does it seem to bother you as much as stuff that's 2% or full-fat?   
Also, have you tried goat's milk products?  Goat's milk has less lactose in it and is supposed to be much easier to digest.  My husband says there's a health guru on talk radio who is a big advocate of it; says everyone should switch from cow to goat dairy because it's easier on the digestion and has more healthy stuff in it. 
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