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David Mathews
03-19-2010, 03:37 AM
I had an emergency appendectomy earlier this week and am taking some strong antibiotics for several days. Should I take some probiotics or be eating sauerkraut now or should I wait until I'm finished with the antibiotics?

Garrett Smith
03-19-2010, 06:16 AM
Do small doses while you are on, big doses once you're off.

David Mathews
03-19-2010, 06:37 AM
Thanks Garrett. Will regular grocery store sauerkraut work or do you need the organic stuff from the health food store?

Garrett Smith
03-19-2010, 11:16 AM
Store doesn't matter, but it should be "raw" or "uncooked". Pasteurized sauerkraut has little to no live bacteria left in it.

Some plain kefir is also a good option, as it typically has 12-13 different strains of probiotics in it, even if it is pasteurized (which is done before culturing).

Dave Van Skike
03-19-2010, 11:57 AM
Store doesn't matter, but it should be "raw" or "uncooked". Pasteurized sauerkraut has little to no live bacteria left in it.

Some plain kefir is also a good option, as it typically has 12-13 different strains of probiotics in it, even if it is pasteurized (which is done before culturing).

what about kombucha? similar? different?

Garrett Smith
03-19-2010, 02:51 PM
Kombucha is mainly two yeasts, saccharomyces cervisiae and boulardii. Different, but could still be beneficial. Some do well on it, others don't tolerate the yeast well.

Kombucha should be raw or unpasteurized as well for the "probiotic" benefits.

Kefir really kicks butt in the cheap probiotic area, for those who will tolerate some cultured dairy.

Dave Van Skike
03-20-2010, 12:59 PM
Kombucha is mainly two yeasts, saccharomyces cervisiae and boulardii. Different, but could still be beneficial. Some do well on it, others don't tolerate the yeast well.

Kombucha should be raw or unpasteurized as well for the "probiotic" benefits.

Kefir really kicks butt in the cheap probiotic area, for those who will tolerate some cultured dairy.

copy that. will try both. really like kefir, just don't make it very often.

Garrett Smith
03-20-2010, 05:03 PM
Kefir is pre-made at any health-foody grocery store these days. I don't have the time to make it. I even saw goat milk kefir at Whole Paycheck the other day.

Dave Van Skike
03-21-2010, 04:53 PM
Kefir is pre-made at any health-foody grocery store these days. I don't have the time to make it. I even saw goat milk kefir at Whole Paycheck the other day.

damn. goatmilk kefir. i'm gonna make that.

i guess it's easy to buy but my kids suck down enough whole milk to warrant a personal commendations from Bill Starr and Randal Strossen...ergo the raw material is in constant supply.