Probiotics

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Just wondering if anyone uses yogurt or kefir to introduce "probiotics" in the allergic body? I am not looking for a quick fix to an allergy, but I have been reading all about it, and this kefir stuff sounds pretty interesting...

On Apr 2, 2008

I used to buy Kefir milk at the grocery store, but it is SOOO expensive. I do buy yogurt smoothies and my little one drinks one a day. She really likes them. Kefir has several additional live and active cultures that yogurt does not. Yogurt basically helps to provide food for the good bacteria living in gut. Kefir actually colonizes NEW good bacteria. It's supposed to have all sorts great benefits. If you could provide a link discussing Kefir and allergies, would you mind posting it? I haven't heard about that, but I am VERY interested. I found some general info on it at mercola.com and they sell a product that you can ferment your own Kefir, and it's a lot cheaper in the long run. They also sell oral probiotics on there, too. Well, let's hope and pray there's a positive link---we can always hope, right?

On Apr 2, 2008

I was on Gina's site, and this is from her site

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On Apr 2, 2008

Here's a few more articles:

[url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Main/18890/Number/178792#Post178792"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Main/18890/Number/178792#Post178792[/url]

On Apr 3, 2008

for some reason I didnt see that when i did my search..amybe I spelled Kefir wrong. So is it really alcoholic? should kids maybe not drink it?

On Apr 3, 2008

If you can get ahold of Dr Huffnagles book "The Probiotics Revolution" I'd recommend it. There is a section where he actually talks about specific products. He also has a section where he explains that certain strains of bacteria (that's what probiotics are: good bacteria) help with certain conditions. For example: some strains were good for eczema, some for allergies-etc. It is also a good overview of probiotics.

Bacteria for Breakfast is excellent but may be much more technical.If you enjoy reading research and journal abstracts, you will love this book. The author is a PhD mother who went all over the country and ended up at Johns Hopkins to find a cure for her son who was very, very ill. A pediatric gastroenterologist there prescribed probiotics and after 2 weeks he was on the road to recovery.

I have another article on bacteria and probiotics (written by a different author) coming up soon.

Take care, Gina [url="http://www.allergymoms.com"]http://www.allergymoms.com[/url]

On Apr 3, 2008

Thanks GinaC. Please let me know when the new article comes out. I acutally ordered "The Probiotics Rev." last night after reading on your site.

Thank you....very interesting stuff. I am very skeptical about a lot of things, but for some reason this "all makes sense" to me...

On Apr 3, 2008

Originally Posted By: Newallergymom

So is it really alcoholic? should kids maybe not drink it?

I think it's just slightly fermented...One of the articles mentioned it is used to wean babies...I guess we could call the manufactuer and ask if it will make us drunk...(lol)

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