Originally Posted by crystalkr
OK - so my head is swirling and I'm trying to get it sorted out
Basically, my goals are to find the best quality probiotic for the least cost. My ds has several (now) mild food allergies/intollerances, my dh is lactose intollerant, and as for me, I'm 11 weeks pg and would like to try to prevent the reflux/food issues that my first ds went through. So, my questions:
1. Am I correct in thinking that the probiotics found in yogurt you make at home is better both in quality and in numbers than a store bought supplement?
2. If I do start making the yogurt - should I use a starter that has multiple strains in it, like the Yogourmet CBA Probiotic Yogurt Starter http://yogurtmakers.livingright.com/...t-Starter.html
3. How much yogurt would me and/or my 2 yo need to have daily?
Am I on the right track??? Thanks in advance!!
1. Yes and no.
24 hour yogurt removes all lactose and has highest bacterial count, see here: http://www.healingcrow.com/ferfun/co...onspiracy.html
The types of bacteria in yogurt cultures and the specific strains are different though than in supplements. I have been adding some super strains to my yogurt mix: Nature's Way Reuteri and Natren's Acidophilus and Bifido factor for this reason. And Natren's Yogurt starter for their super strain of Bulgaricus. I may experiment with Culturelle next. Super strains have been identified to actually live longer, attach to intestinal walls... basically to stick around to do some good better than other versions of certain bacteria.
Goodpapa orginally used several super strains in his yogurt making method and we should learn from that. However, one issue that complicates this is that some strains may crowd out others. Bifidobacterium for example has a tendancy to do this. I do not know how others behave. That Yogourmet multi is interesting b/c it also brings up the point that different bacteria may like different temps too.
2. Yes that looks like a good mix of bacteria but it seems like it must be used with a certain yogurt maker to get the full benefit of all strains?
3. Completely individual depending on needs, current health and desired results. You might want to start slow to be sure it is tolerated well and doesn't shift gut flora so fast.
All of these issues illustrates why kefir is so unique and may be more beneficial for certain people rather than yogurt. Kefir contains both beneficial yeasts and lactobacillus in a symbiotic relationship... they all get along together.
See other posts regarding bifidus and infants.http://www.mothering.com/discussions...61&postcount=9
Supplement with bifidobacterium, avoid all antibiotics and vaccines (you and them), and give no other food than BM if you want the best chance of good flora in your next babe. This is nature's way of sealing up the infant's gut and avoiding reflux/allergies as good gut flora is the gatekeeper of the immature immune system. Even more crucial at that age b/c other immune factors are not developed yet.