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).