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Recommendations for probiotics that work?

(10 Posts)
sniffle12 Tue 07-Mar-17 12:25:20

Does anyone have any recommendations for probiotics that work?

I have heard that having strong healthy gut bacteria can really help with IBS and allergies, both of which I have problems with, but have also heard that if the bacteria in a probiotic don't make it to your gut alive, it's basically wasted money.

Any recommendations for probiotic/prebiotic anything that has seemed to actually make a difference?

Thanks smile

RoseDore Tue 07-Mar-17 14:59:35

My GP told me the only ones that work are on prescription only so, yes, a waste of money to buy. You can drink Kefir, make sauerkraut and eat other foods good for probiotics. Easy to find if you google.

Mrsknackered Tue 07-Mar-17 15:03:20

I take Acidophilus after I've been prescribed a course antibiotics (I have repeat urine and kidney infections) and antibiotics quite often leave me with belly aches. I think they're great. Could all just be in my head though!

milkmoustache Tue 07-Mar-17 15:05:01

Another vote for Kefir. I am getting positive results from it, and it looks as if it is possible (and tons cheaper) to make yourself.

RoseDore Tue 07-Mar-17 23:12:20

I'm making it myself, milkmoustache, it's a doddle, though the starter grains are expensive, IMO.

spiney Tue 07-Mar-17 23:42:15

They have Kefir at my Aldi at the mo. As part of Polish week.

milkmoustache Wed 08-Mar-17 10:57:30

RoseDore, tell me more - any tips to pass on? I am getting fed up of chasing down my supplies of Kefir every week, only two shops seem to stock it near me in Cambridge.

claraschu Wed 08-Mar-17 11:04:57

BioCare is a good company. There probiotic was recommended to us by a doctor who we went to privately for help with my daughter's chronic health problem.

RoseDore Wed 08-Mar-17 18:53:08

You can buy kefir grains online or in a health food shop, milkmoustache, You can get milk ones or water ones. I've chosen the milk ones. You basically leave the grains in a jar with 250ml of milk for 12 with the lid off. You then strain the grains and start again. You can store the grains up to a week in the fridge if you have made too much kefir. You can store the kefir in the fridge for a few days. I bought my grains on Amazon for about £9 from Living Probiotics. They look like nothing but they grow so you can pass some on to friends or chuck them away grin. I love the kefir. It is quite thin but tastes quite lively. The longer you leave it, the sourer it becomes but it's a matter of taste.

Minime85 Wed 08-Mar-17 21:42:59

Suffered ibs for over 15 yrs only one that worked for me is symprove. Made a massive difference. Took for about 18 months and now don't need to

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