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i wanted to start a probiotic supplement (after positive results with vitmain D) but i was unsure how to choose 1. on amazon there are alot of different brands and im not sure how to select the best one. i also read something somewhere that basically anything that is shipped without refrigeration is useless because all the bacteria would be dead. any one have any good suggestions or tips?

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    @oofashusi I like garden of life probiotics, which are soil based. I also like to mix it up and order different strains of probiotics. Also, I eat a lot of yogurt with probiotics and I drink kombucha. I think they best way is to go broad-spectrum. Organic acids such as lactic acid, acetic acid (found in vinegar), malic acid (found in apples), citric acid (found in lemons) are also VERY, VERY good for gut barrier (they are fuel for mitochondria) and to promote growth of good bacteria while killing off pathogenic bacteria.

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      Hopefully this reply will still get some attention even though the post is kind of old. I’m really confused about whether kombucha cultures are good for you or not. Lots of people in the field have mentioned that gut bacteria that feed on sugar are pathogenic. However, kombucha requires sugar in order to feed the SCOBY while brewing… so, the resulting kombucha must contain bacteria that feed on sugar. Why would these cultures still be considered healthy?

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        thanks for the reply and advice, i really appreciate it. ive been trying the low carb/healthy keto eating style (to deal with metabolic syndrome) and have been getting positive results so wanted to go the supplement route and avoid the carbs/sugar in yogurt. im not sure if you’ve discussed the keto/low carb diets but interesting stuff has come out recently about it being good for the brain. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141105112614.htm and this is old but http://www.healthhabits.ca/2008/10/20/supercharge-your-brain-on-a-low-carb-diet/ that would be a cool topic to discuss. also if you could add a one time donation i think that would give people more donation options

        thanks

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          FYI: I’ve changed my probiotic to VSL#3. It has 10X the bugs than any other brand and 25 published studies showing efficacy in IBS, IBD, colitis, and c.diff.

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        @oofashusi Prebiotics are an order of magnitude better then Probiotics. The only reason kombucha is useful is because of the vinegar in it..

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          But how do I know what dosage to take? I bought a brand supplying Lactobacillus Rhamnosus based on a comment Dr. Rhonda made on an older Joe Rogan podcast about its effect on GABA and anxiety. But I looked up the study, and if it’s the one she’s referring to, it was done on mice. So I’ve no idea how to replicate that study in a human (me). Anyone have insight on this, or even a reference to a podcast where she discusses dosages for probiotics in humans? Much appreciated!

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            I might be able to give a little bit of advise. I am by no means an expert, but I like to listen to experts. For instance, talking about supplements, Chris Kresser recommends soil based organisms, such as Prescript Assist - which I’m personally using with great results. Also, you could look into different kinds of fermented foods that offers probiotic benefits. I have found this article to be of great use: http://chriskresser.com/5-uncommon-uses-for-probiotics

            Perhaps Dr. Patrick might be able to give real expert advise on this topic?

            The best, Christoffer