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Replenishing gut flora

  1. Sep 14, 2016 #1
    Antibiotics often killed off good bacteria species in our guts. Are there any ways to replenish them, other than the unpleasant fecal transplant procedure?

    A search on this topic mostly return recommendations on healthy diet and probiotics. I reckon these can only help surviving species, and those species that have been eradicated are gone for good. Or could their kin somehow re-colonize our guts?

    Some suggest soil-based organisms, but I am unable to find any supporting scientific evidence.
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2016 #2

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    You can take capsules of bacteria, which in the US can be obtained from your pharmacist without a prescription. But, as always, ask your doctor before self treating since they know your history.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2016 #3
    Do you mean those sold as probiotics? My understanding is that those bacteria strains are transient in our gut; they don't colonize. For example

    from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/770468_3

    Also those probiotics often contain only a few strains, which do not seem enough to make up the loss of the microbiome.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2016 #4

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    Your link doesn't work for me.

    The type I took worked for me and the antibiotic I was on was meant to completely wipe out my bacteria, because I had an infection that would not go away, so I had to take the capsules daily, it was a 30 day course, like I said, talk to your doctor. This thread is closed as we cannot go into anything more specific.

    Here is an explanation of when fecal transplantation would be considered.

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gast...advanced_endoscopy/fecal_transplantation.html
     
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