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Adam1184
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, I'm curious as to how most of you mix probiotics into your day. I know yogurt has it so i bought that Danon Activia yogurt. What are some other foods? Or is there a supplement for this?
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...


kops2da
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, there are many good probiotic pills as well as the yogurt, etc.  I take Align you can get in the drugstores now.  Many here take others from health food stores, etc.  I am sure you will get many answers.  Align worked for me right away to firm up my stool.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
Cannot tolerate mesalamines.  New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now.  Hope it works! (finding it impossible to do three times a day however)
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


ickypoo
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
To derive any benefit, you will likely need to take a supplement. As Kops2da says, there are many choices - which I doubt are equally good.

I currently take two capsules per day (for the time being). One capsule contains Bifidobacterium infantis (the same as in Align). The second capsule is Healthy Trinity which contains three other established strains (two lactobacilli and one bifidobacterium). Both are from Natren and come refrigerated and are fairly potent (which I think are important considerations).
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


kops2da
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   

I would like to add that I believe some of us have to gradually add more probiotics and suppllements.  I tried to take Primal Defense recommended by a friend and I believe is a good probiotic.  However, I could not adjust to the amount of gas it gave me - tried twice and gave up - it is terrible, painful gas - Align seems to work ok - little gas for first week!  I thought probably worse for me because I have IBS.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
Cannot tolerate mesalamines.  New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now.  Hope it works! (finding it impossible to do three times a day however)
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 7/22/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Natren's Healthy Trinity, too. Have also had good luck with Custom Probiotics' six strain powder.

I agree that for folks with IBD, you almost have to take a concentrated supplement - and a high quality one. The level of viable probiotics in yogurt and other foods probably isn't sufficient for most of us. And the sugar and/or artificial sweeteners and dairy can pose problems.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


AMK77
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   Posted 7/22/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I second Elaine on Align - it has been great for me. I also take a lot of other probiotic supplements, I don't think you can ever have too many.
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Currently take probiotics and fish oil. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


fruitgirl
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be careful with the Activia...if you read their website, it says that the probiotic they use is more for helping people with slow digestive tracts. I didn't read it before I tried eating some, and it made my diarrhea a LOT worse. I do agree with the others that you need to look for one with a high number of live active cultures, and I also think it's good to have one that contains more than one type.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Adam1184
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 7/22/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Again, thanks for all of your answers :)


Thanks for that warning fruitgirl! I'm gonna go check out their website.
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...

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