There is no question that probiotics are beneficial, even some doctors are finally coming to that conclusion. The question is whether probiotics recolonize in the gut, that is once you take them they form permanent colonies of beneficial bacteria that do not leave room for the malevolent bacterial to regain a foothold.
I hope that you are right that they do permanently recolonize in your intestines. But other posts on this forum showed research that indicated that probiotics only remain in your system for a few days or so. For those few days that good bacteria live in your gut they are beneficial and crowd out bad bacteria. But all those benefits gradually dissipate as they leave your system. So the solution is to take probiotics every day to keep out the bad guys.
But if you can stop taking daily probiotics, while avoiding antibiotics, without showing any symptoms, then you might have a good case that probiotics have permanently colonized in your gut. I hope that will be true, but that is not my experience. When I stop taking them I notice symptoms within a couple of days.
It has been suggested that fecal transplantation is one way to get beneficial bacterial to permanently colonize in your colon. Another way might be diet. I think that is what AZY was trying to say. A recent post showed research indicating that African children with their primitive diet had much healthier intestinal flora than European children brought up on a western diet.
58 y/o male. DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, possible Crohn's colitis DX March 2010.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Allergy to shellfish contributed to 1st major flare.
Watch diet to maintain remission. Powdered Psyllium seeds especially helpful.
Boswellia, E. Coli Nissle (Mutaflor), turmeric, fish oil, S. Boulardii, VSL3, resveratrol, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, C, high gamma E, magnesium, slippery elm, phosphatityl choline, glutamine. Copious amounts of fruit and vegetables, no soda, no HFCS, no trans fat, tea instead of coffee, very few processed foods, no carrageenan.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys
Post Edited (BabeintheWoods) : 9/14/2010 8:07:20 PM (GMT-6)