Probiotics are important to repopulate you intestinal flora. I'd start a 2 week course when you start your soup. I use Udo's Super 8. I get them at my local health food store or Whole Foods. They are in the refridgerated section. They cost about $15 for thirty capsules. I take one capsule at night. There are other probiotic suppliments that are equally effective, I'm sure. You can also eat/drink kefir each day. Kefir has several strains of probiotics in it and it is tasty in a smoothie. I usually have a smoothie each morning with it.
Also be sure to continue to drink a lot of water. The recommendation to drink half your weight in water is not eclusive to the Master Cleanse. As a matter of fact, that is the recommended amount of water for healthy (cleansing or not) people to drink on a daily basis. Most people are actually dehydrated. Hopefully, while you were on your MC, you learned to be fully hydrated and will continue in this healthy habit.
Enjoy your break and plan on healthy eating...
You can get Kefir at Kroger or Publix (Grocery stores in my region of the US) or Whole Foods. Peach and Strawberry are my favorites. It is in the refrigerated part of the store. Good probiotic suppliments are always refridgerated. So when you go to a heath food store, if they don't have a refridgerator - I wouldn't buy their probiotics. The GNC's around here don't have refridgerators. I go to Nutrition Depot (a local Health Food Store) and buy Udo's "Super 8". It's about $15 for 30 capsules. One per day is plenty. 10 days to two weeks is plenty also. Below is ALOT of information I got from answers.com I hope it is helpful to you.
I don't know much about the Psyllium + Bentonite shakes. I have heard that they can be quite dehydrating. Possibly Pepe or Zoe will weigh in on that.
Here's to making healthy choices!
Cheers ! ~Roberta~
Probiotics, as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are "live microorganisms administered in adequate amounts which confer a beneficial health effect on the host." The microorganisms referred to in this definition are non-pathogenic bacteria (small, single celled organisms which do not promote or cause disease), and one yeast, Saccharomyces. They are considered "friendly germs," due to benefits to the colon and the immune system. The word probiotic is a compound of a Latin and a Greek word; it means "favorable to life." Probiotics is also sometimes used to refer to a form of nutritional therapy based on eating probiotic foods and dietary supplements. Although probiotic supplements have also been used with farm animals, most are produced for human consumption in the form of dairy products containing two types of microbes—lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. As with the extended use of royal jelly, probiotics are now also being used in face creams and similar cosmetic products.
A new category called prebiotics now also appears in the literature. Prebiotics refer mainly to certain foods, and occasionally to certain food products, that support probiotic microorganism viability, enhancing their survivability. Included among prebiotics are foods such as Jerusalem and regular artichokes, oats, leeks, onions, and whole grain breads or cereals. Examples of prebiotic food products are the Fructooligosaccharides (fructooligo-saccharides, or fruit derived, digestion resistant sugars) (FOS), also in honey, and the galactooligosaccharides (galacto-oligo-saccharides), sugars in galactose-containing foods like goats milk.
Although the term probiotics is relatively recent, as are science-based investigations, the use of probioticcontaining fermented foods in many cultures of the world predates the advent of refrigeration. The applied notion of improving health by supplementing the natural microflora of the human intestines with additional bacteria taken by mouth goes back to the late nineteenth century. At that time, some physicians attributed sickness and the aging process to a build up of waste products (or, putrefaction) in the colon (the lower part of the large intestine that empties into the rectum), and toxic materials leaking from the colon into the bloodstream. The process of leakage—now referred to as gut permeability or leaky gut syndrome—and the poisoning that resulted from it, were called autointoxication. The autointoxication theory assumed that dietary changes aimed at reducing toxic decomposition in the colon would be beneficial to health. Some observers knew about the use of lactic acid bacteria in sausage-making to ferment the meat and protect it from spoilage. Because these bacteria are harmless to humans, it was thought that adding them to the diet by eating fermented foods would reduce the amount of toxins produced in the colon. The Lactobacilli group of bacteria, some of which are found in yogurt, was the first identified probiotic. In the 1920s and 1930s, many doctors recommended acidophilus milk, which contains the lactobaccili bacterium called Lactobacillus acidophilus, for the treatment of constipation and diarrhea. This treatment was effective for many patients.
The next phase in the development of probiotics came in the 1950s, when medical researchers began to study L. acidophilus as a possible answer to some of the digestive side effects of taking antibiotics. It was known that antibiotic medications upset the natural balance of the intestinal microflora by killing of the beneficial as well as the pathogenic bacteria. The researchers thought that taking oral preparations of L. acidophilus might offset the side effects of the antibiotics.
One of the chief difficulties in benefiting from probiotic supplementation has been assuring survivability of the bacteria as it passes through the acidity of the stomach and the digestive processes of the small intestine and successfully colonizing in the colon. Recently, a new probiotic with exceptional survivability and colonization characteristics, as demonstrated in studies, has emerged. This probiotic, screened from many strains of lactobacilli and named after its co-discoverers, Sherwood Gorbach and Barry Goldin, is known as Lactobacillus GG (LGG). LGG was demonstrated effective against psuedomembranous colitis, an infection of the colon by Clostridium difficile as a result of antibiotic overkill of beneficial bacteria, and against atopic eczema in children due to gut permeability. LGG was demonstrated to have positive results against Candida in mice, as well. Three patents have been awarded on LGG from June 1989 to May 1995. In 1987, a Finnish dairy cooperative, Valio, Ltd., was granted a license to conduct research. About 1992, Valio released a fermented milk product with LGG called Gefilus. In 1996, a division of an American corporation was formed, called CAG Functional Foods, which markets LGG as the product Culturelle. One source reported significant benefit from the use of Culturelle when cultured in milk. Culturelle is currently available only in capsules, but a yogurt product is anticipated to be marketed soon.
Much of the research and marketing of proven probiotics is conducted outside the United States. One such research proven probiotic strain is Lactobacillus plan-tarum 299v. It has been particularly valuable in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and recovery from surgery. It's colonization ability was proven using biopsy. It is not currently available in the United States, but agreements with the makers and distributors of Danon yogurt may change that.
Two proven beneficial strains marketed in the United States are Lactobacillus reuteri, a Swedish product proven effective against diarrhea in children due to a rotavirus (a virus transmitted from feces), available in the Stoneyfield brand of yogurt, and Saccharomyces boulardii, a yeast product available in capsules effective against antibiotic associated diarrhea.
Probiotic foods and dietary supplements have been recommended as treatments for a variety of diseases and disorders, ranging from problems confined to the digestive tract to general health issues.
To summarize, probiotic organisms, in particular the LGG strain, have been shown to be helpful in managing the following intestinal disorders:
Some supporters of probiotics go beyond applications limited to treatment of intestinal disorders. In keeping with the theory of autointoxication, they maintain that probiotics are effective in treating a wide range of chronic and acute illnesses thought to result from a condition called intestinal dysbiosis, or poor intestinal health quality due to toxic buildup, putrefaction, and leaky gut syndrome. Intestinal dysbiosis is defined as an imbalance among the various microorganisms in the digestive tract. This imbalance is attributed to a combination of Western high-protein diets, stress, environmental pollution, and allopathic medications. Putrefaction is believed to result from a low fiber diet, chronic constipation or sluggish colon, and poor food combining leading to increased gut fermentation. Leaky gut syndrome is the term used to suggest that the effect of these toxins on the intestinal cell walls is damaging to intestinal integrity, and as a result, large molecules of relatively undigested food and toxins cross the intestinal membrane into the blood stream.
Some alternative practitioners maintain that the following diseases and disorders are directly related to intestinal dysbiosis or may also be beneficially treated with probiotics:
More specifically, probiotic foods and dietary supplements are claimed to counteract intestinal dysbiosis in the following ways:
Probiotics is a nutrition-based therapy and relies primarily on the addition of foods or supplements containing friendly bacteria to the diet. Some recommended foods are ordinary grocery store items that involve fermentation in their production; these include miso, pickles, sauerkraut and fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. As mentioned, other food or food products called prebiotics, such as Jerusalem artichokes and FOS, are thought to support the growth of the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Most users and recommenders of probiotics, however, encourage the use of loose powdered, refrigerated dietary supplements of friendly bacteria or LGG capsules. Some of these products are milk-based, while others are milk-free. Probiotic dietary supplements are over-the-counter (OTC) preparations that can be easily purchased at grocery or health food stores, or from European manufacturers over the Internet. The types of bacteria most often recommended are Lacto-bacillus GG, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and, especially for children Bifidobacterium bifidum. Breast milk is reported to contain nutrients that support bifidobacterium growth.
Dosage and Administration
Some practitioners distinguish between a therapeutic dose of probiotic products, which is given for 10 days, and a maintenance dose, which is used afterward. One source gives 2–5 level tsp (5–10 g) of powdered supplement as the daily therapeutic dose if the patient is taking L. acidophilus or B. bifidum, 1–3 tsp (3–6 g) if the patient is using L. bulgaricus. The maintenance dose of L. acidophilus is given as 0.5 tsp (1 g) daily; of B. bifidum, 2 tsp (4 g) daily; of L. bulgaricus, 0.5 tsp (1 g) with each meal. The recommended dose of LGG capsules is once daily. A dose two or three times daily may also be used initially to overcome acute symptoms.
Patients are advised to take these supplements with spring water, but not with juice or broth. These fluids are thought to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids that will destroy the friendly bacteria.
The fact that probiotic products include some ordinary dairy and grocery items means that most people who use them do not think of them as medications and see no need to consult a health professional. Persons who are taking prescription medications and persons with compromised immune status, however, are advised to consult their doctors before using probiotic dietary supplements. These products often influence the bulk and frequency of bowel movements, thus increasing the elimination rate of some medications and necessitating a dose adjustment.
Some practitioners of nutritional therapies recommend cleansing the lower digestive tract with an enema or colonic treatment before beginning a course of probiotic supplements. Conversely, use of probiotics may be particularly recommended following colonic therapy as it is following antibiotic therapy.
Although the bacteria in probiotic supplements are human-friendly, some persons may have food allergies or a digestive tract that is sensitive to miso, other fermented foods, or the milk powder that may be in some products.
Vegetarians or persons who cannot digest milk-based products may prefer probiotic supplements with a rice base.
Product reliability is a concern because probiotic dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and because study after study demonstrates the difficulty of maintaining a live probiotic culture, in or out of the body. One study of the microorganisms in 25 dairy products and 30 powdered products found that more than one third of these products contained no living microorganisms, and only 13% of the products contained all of the bacteria types listed on the label. One practitioner suggests the following guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of probiotic products:
The side effects of treatment with probiotics may include a condition called excessive drainage syndrome, which includes headache, diarrhea, bloating, or constipation. Another commonly reported side effect is intestinal gas. These side effects are attributed to the cleansing of toxins from the body and may last for some days. Practitioners recommend lowering the supplement dosage to reduce the side effects, or pretreating with colonic therapy, or stool softeners and fiber as tolerated or advised by a healthcare professional.
Research & General Acceptance
More studies of probiotics have been done in Europe than in the United States, which is reflected in the fact that the leading manufacturers of probiotic supplements are presently based in Europe. Some mainstream researchers in Europe as well as in the United States are skeptical of some of the claims made for probiotics. Their reasons include the following considerations: