Hi! I just want to share my experience with probiotics. My gut was wiped out by 3 years of c-diff following several years of Antibiotics for and infectious disease. Iím a holistic health coach with lots of training in fermented foods, so I turned to diet to repopulate my gut. Home brewed kefirs and kombuchas, Bio+K daily, sauerkraut, buttermilk, aged cheese, every probiotic capsule I could get my hands on. I even made my own soil bases probiotics withal technique I learned from a Native American.
Last month I had ubiome done, and was stunned by the results. I have NO probiotics and my digestive symptoms had indicated that to me for a long time.
I turned to my GI doctor for answers. He specializes in fecal transplants, which Iím preparing to do this week. He said that heís never seen a patient be able to repopulate natural probiotic levels with diet because the many diverse microorganisms arenít found in kefir or anything else. Theyíre found in the human digestive tract and the birth canal. Nowhere else. Especially little critters like oxalybacter, which die easily with only one round of Antibiotics . They arenít found in food and canít be put into a pill.
So a good diet of fermented food helps increase acidophilus and lactobicilis but can never restore the gut to its ideal envirnoment. Only Fecal Transplant can do that.