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Probiotics and...ahem...gassy problems...

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victoriaplum01 Wed 26-Dec-12 21:49:21

DH and I are just getting over the norovirus - the nurse practionner at our local surgery suggested probiotics to help our guts recover from the experience. We've never taken them before so bought some Yakult to give it a try. Now we are feeling incredibly bloated and extremely gassy (both ends blush). It's not Christmas over-indulgence, so we are wondering if it is the Yakult to blame?

Does anyone know if this is a common side-effect? Are there better probiotics that we should try?!

OComeAllYeFaithBaby Thu 27-Dec-12 20:39:30

Hmm, I find it does the opposite! How long have you been taking them for? It could be you'd have the gas anyway and it's not as bad as it could have been with the Yakult?!

Jacksmania Thu 27-Dec-12 20:41:55

Hmmm. Can you get Bio K yoghurt where you are? IMHO it beats the pants off any other probiotic.

victoriaplum01 Fri 28-Dec-12 23:01:34

Jacksmania I've not heard of that brand. Do you know which supermarket stocks it?

We've stayed off the Yakult for a couple of days and the "situation" has improved wink I'm going to do a control test in a day or two to see if the problem reoccurs. I think I'll have to investigate other options too.

sipper Fri 28-Dec-12 23:12:59

For decent and effective probiotic get a powder. Avoid supermarket stuff and own brand and yogurt drinks. A very good make is Biocare. Get from an independent health shop. Worth it smile

Jellykat Fri 28-Dec-12 23:13:23

I cant take probiotics in tablet form, as i get the same problem, but i can have endless amounts of live yoghurt.
I think maybe people react differently to different forms of probiotics..

Its always been my understanding that taking it in a drink/ yoghurt that contains sugar, makes it worthless, as the bacteria you're trying to knock out, thrives on sugar..

sipper Fri 28-Dec-12 23:15:39

The powder form apparently delivers it more effectively to the right part of the digestive system. Also if you are trying to replenish good stuff after a bout of illness, or after (and during) antibiotics, take the probiotic mixed into water last thing at night.

Jacksmania Sat 29-Dec-12 02:08:38

Oh no - just Googled and apparently you can't get it in the UK sad
Sorry.
I'm in Canada and had this idea that it actually came from Europe but no, it's from North America.

What's special about it is that it has an insane number of live cultures of various strains so it's the bomb for an upset GI tract. They give it to people who are having chemo at our locan hospital. I once had the mother of all yeast infections and took it internally, and, well, internally blush and it sorted it right out.

I hope you get some other good suggestions.

sipper Sat 29-Dec-12 16:59:49

GI Balance is a mega blend for upset digestive tract. Buy online from Victoria Health. For regular probiotic use including during and after antibio's Biocare powder form probiotics are excellent quality.

victoriaplum01 Sat 29-Dec-12 20:42:01

Thank you sipper - you sound very knowledgeable. I will have a look at the options you suggest.

sipper Sat 29-Dec-12 21:03:59

Sorry, I miswrote product name, it is fast balance Gi www.victoriahealth.com/product/Fast-Balance-GI/2425/0/

Sugarbeach Sat 29-Dec-12 21:07:35

I swear by the Biocare children's strawberry powder whenever I feel bloated and gassy and generally he digestive system not feeling tip top.

sipper Sat 29-Dec-12 21:22:33

We give our dd's the Biocare kids acido, mentioned by Sugarbeach. V good stuff. We have adults acido.

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