Prebiotic vs probiotic

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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the differnece in Pre vs Pro. I already take VSL#3 for the pro. Should I be taking something for the Pre? What's the benefits? Do many of you take both?
Any thoughts/comments are appreciated.
Prevacid 1 /day
asacol 2-3/day
VSL#3  1/day

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
prebiotics are basically carbs/fibre that the probiotics feed on. Many have taken to cutting out carbs, so they're not adding fibre into other sources in order for the probiotics to work more efficiently and effectively.

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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