Probiotics that Changed Your Gut Function

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   Posted 1/24/2018 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was reading the other probiotic post replies with interest.

I developed sudden IBS-C in Sep 2015 and started probiotics shortly after. I have used different brands in a range of prices, quality, and counts. None of them have had any effect on my gut function. I've never stopped taking them. I've also used store bought goat kefir and fermented sauerkraut. The kraut did cause some pain, but I seem to tolerate the kefir okay.

Regardless, none of these have brought any improvement in my gut function and my gut continues to worsen with increased inflammation and now abdominal pain that I didn't used to have. (Trying to clean up my diet now. It's reduced some inflammation, but just like my initial elimination diet two years ago, it hasn't resolved anything.)

I'm curious if any members had actual gut issues and found probiotics improved or resolved their existing gut issues.

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   Posted 1/24/2018 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics arent always enough.

These are not probiotics, but have been known/do help gut function:

D-Limonene 1000mg gel tabs by Jarrow - its anti-candida, anti- inflammatory for the whole digestive tract and alkalizing.

400mg Magnesium Glycinate before bed, gets things moving in the AM.

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   Posted 1/24/2018 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Many years ago, I had symptoms of IBS for several weeks. I was perplexed. My doctor (GP) suggested I add more fiber, which didn't help.

I used probiotics for a few days, and my symptoms resolved immediately. I no longer had daily IBS symptoms (and still don't). So, needless to say, that was really a best case scenario.

Having said that, I don't know why... but none of us appear to have gut symptom issues (despite some of my kids being on long term abx years). I do struggle with systemic yeast issues though (I knocked it back but I'm sure I'd still be positive when I retest again).
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.

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   Posted 1/24/2018 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
WBF - Gut issues can be caused by the infections, as well.

And...may not get better until the infection is treated.
What does your LL Dr. say?

Are you taking help things move every day?
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   Posted 1/24/2018 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I made a version of kvass that really helped my bowels.

basically cut up a beet in cubes, put it in a pan with water and boil for a few minutes. let cool, dump contents (beets and water) into jar with lid, add yogurt starter culture and stir, allow to ferment at least 24 hours in yogurt maker or in oven near pilot light. Drink small amounts of that with food, and you can even eat the fermented beet.

that stuff really is amazing for both the liver and bowels, powerful.
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