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Yes, the antibiotics will kill the probiotics you ingest, same as they do the ones living in your gut. Taking the p.b.'s in same time period though keeps replenishing them so hopefully, you don't go day after day w/ so much of the total population stripped out. Then you would continue to take for at least a couple weeks if not a couple months after to rebuild. There is a lot more going on than just the "bugs" that live there. They secrete all sort so beneficial stuff including things that promote the growth of their buddies (who are also your friends).veganteen wrote:Interesting. Would taking a antibiotic close to the same time as an probiotic just cancel out the effects of the probiotic?
Up to you. "If it ain't broke no need to fix it." On the other hand, they are VERY safe and won't do you any harm. Low grade flora imbalance could conceivably cause problems later. If you eat a lot of fermented foods, cultured (low to no sodium) veg, that should also do the trick of replenishing.Judith wrote:So Geoffrey would you suggest I also take some probiotics even though it has been about 6 weeks since the antibiotics?
nofriendofYale wrote:Geoff, and others,
In your posts you mention probiotics. You don't mention soy yogurt as a source. Do you have any information on this?
I have been put on antibiotics for a urinary tract infection for 1-1/2 days. My symptoms, fever, stomach cramps, low back ache, have pretty much gone away; but I feel crappy. Weak.
From this thread and others it appears as though the antibiotics have done the good things, but I am also experiencing some of the common side effects.
I will try the probiotics that you reccommend, but first I would like to try soy yogurt since it is one of my favorite treats.