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Did your doctor recommend it? What brand and how many strains of bacteria in it? Why are you taking it? I am considering a probiotic for chronic constiptation for years which existed before VSG. I am in full liquid stag postop and already having constipation.

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Yes! My team recommends them. I’m 10 months post op, so can take capsules. Early on I took chewables. I now buy this one from Costco:


https://www.costco.com/nature's-bounty-ultra-strength-probiotic-10%2C-140-capsules.product.100225688.html

I take one capsule twice daily.

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Is yoghurt good enough??

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18 hours ago, Superman84 said:

Is yoghurt good enough??

Only if it has active cultures - it should say somewhere on the container if it does.

I grow my own kefir from scratch - it's really easy, and pretty cheap (mostly just the cost of the milk because the grains cost only $15 and have kept going for 5 years so far). Kefir also has more bacteria than yogurt, and contains many more strains of healthy bacteria than yogurt or most supplements do.

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I started home fermentation of veggies, a wonderful source of Probiotics. I have 2 jars of baby dill pickles, one jar of ginger carrot sticks, one jar of okra and one jar of Italian Giardeneia bubbling on kitchen counter. Can't wait to make sauerkraut. Can't eat any of these yet because won't be on normal foods for 4 more weeks but can save them in fridge to enjoy then.

One serving of fermented veggies has 100x probiotics than an entire bottle of expensive probiotics. And a jar of home fermented veggies make great gifts.

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On 6/5/2020 at 7:06 PM, MIKEYY84 said:

Is yoghurt good enough??

There are many long-term, peer-reviewed studies (including this one) that confirm that yoghurt (as well as other mass-produced consumer foods marketed as “probiotic”) provide no benefit*. Bacteria have an extremely rapid life cycle, and readily adapt to their host environment. To have a clinically significant effect, Probiotics need to be tailored to the microbiome of each individual. Since at least half of the bacteria that enter the gut are overpowered by existing flora before being excreted, it’s best to take a highly concentrated formula (such as Genestra Hmf Intensive 500 5g) if you’re going to take any at all.

* May not apply to mass-produced fermented foods.

Edited by PollyEster

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