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Probiotics - FAQs

Top 10 Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics FAQ's

1). Can I take it with my vitamins, supplements?

Yes. It is safe to take Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics with vitamins and other supplements.

2). Can I generally take with medications?

Yes, but always check with your Health Care Provider.

3). Can I take the Probiotics with antibiotics?

Yes. However, it is best that they be taken at different times..

4). Will they cause diarrhea, bloating or gas?

Not normally, however it's possible for a few days while your body is adjusting to the new Probiotics.

5). Can I take if I am pregnant, breast feeding or attempting to get pregnant?

Yes, but always check with your Health Care Provider.

6). What is the best time of day to take?

On an empty stomach first thing in the morning about 45 minutes before breakfast and at night about two hours after last meal. This allows the capsule to bypass stomach acid and open in the intestinal track providing maximum benefit.

7). What is the recommended dosage?

Start with two in the morning and two in the evening for the first few days. Then one in the morning and one in the evening preferably on an empty stomach.

8). Do they need to be refrigerated?

No, but best to keep around room temperature.

9). How should I store the probiotics?

Same place where you keep your vitamins.

10). Can children take Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics?

Yes. If they cannot swallow the capsule it should be opened and the gel contents placed in their mouth or mixed in with their food. No more than one capsule per day should be taken. As always check with your health care provider.


General Probiotics Questions

What are probiotics, and how are they connected to cultured foods?

Probiotics the common term for a family of bacteria (lactobacillus), that’s extremely beneficial to human health. They are found in abundance in common cultured foods, but are sadly missing from many other foods due to processing techniques. Many of the products Delightful Health carries contain this bactera; these foods and ingredients are designed to replenish your body with these organisms.

Probiotics live in the intestinal tract, and not only help us to properly digest and absorb nutrients that are key to our survival, but also manufacture B vitamins, produce substances that inhibit harmful (or pathogenic) bacteria, and strengthen our immune systems.

What are probiotics, and how are they connected to cultured foods?

The intestinal flora is a commonly used metaphor that describes the bacteria living in our intestines. Everyone lives with this intestinal flora– without it, we’d die. People whose intestinal flora lacks certain bacteria (such as those found in cultured foods), often suffer from Candida, weak immune systems, poor sleep patterns, and many other ailments (both physical and emotional).

What makes Intestinal Flora Unhealthy?

Factors that disrupt the balance of your Intestinal Flora include:

  • Antibiotic Medications
  • Inorganic Antibiotic residues in meat and Dairy products
  • Chlorinated and Fluorinated water
  • Continual Stress
  • Diets high in Sugar and simple carbohydrates (like fast food and junk food)
  • Estrogen Replacement
  • Exposure to Radiation (CAT Scans, excessive medical X-Rays)
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Parasites
  • Poor Digestion / Constipation
  • Toxic Chemical Intake (such as Steroids)

There are many signs, and they vary according to a person's genetic makeup, current diet, and stress levels. These are a few:

  • Acne, Eczema, Skin and Foot Problems
  • Allergies and Chronic Food Sensitivities (such as Lactose Intolerance)
  • Bad Breath and Gum Disease
  • Chronic / Unexplained Fatigue
  • Chronic Yeast problems; Candida Albican overgrowth
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Faulty digestion / Acid Reflux Disease
  • Frequent colds, flu, and infections
  • Frequent constipation and diarrhea
  • Joint pain or inflammation
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Poor sleep patterns / nightmares
  • Extreme menstrual or menopausal symptoms

Why can’t I find enough of these bacteria in a normal, healthy diet?

There are many reasons. In the food industry plants and animals are sprayed or treated with chemicals that destroy these helpful bacteria; animals are often fed with grains that have been chemically altered, and most of our crops are grown in soil that’s been stripped of all the beneficial organisms necessary to survival.

Worse yet, the Western food industry has,for many years, over-processed food
and usually populates products such as milk and bread with engineered ‘filler nutrients’
that are not only harmful to the intestinal flora, but have no nutritional value whatsoever.

Because of this, we need to re-populate our intestinal tracks by eating natural foods that contain the bacteria we need. This is where cultured foods and ingredients become an important part of any healthy lifestyle.

How many beneficial bacteria do I need in my digestive tract?

There are billions of bacteria in the human digestive tract. Science has found that the ratio of good to bad bacteria needs to be at least 85:15. To maintain that balance, we need to provide both Probiotic and prebiotic support for the gut.

It’s clear that probiotic supplementation is vital to support good health. But it’s also important to note that not all probiotic supplements are the same. Some that boast “billions and billions” of bacteria may actually supply too many of one strain, causing the immune system to respond to a perceived threat. Another mistake many consumers make is to supplement only with probiotics, while failing to take any prebiotics. Prebiotics are substances that help nourish probiotics and, along with organic acids, encourage the supplemented probiotics to take root. Prebiotics also nourish and feed pre-existing probiotic strains that are completely unique to each individual.

How do Probiotics help support immune response?

Currently, science has established that approximately 70% of immune system cells reside in the digestive tract. Probiotics support those immune system cells by, among other things, crowding out unfriendly guests. The gut is the first line of immune defense, and to stay healthy, we need a healthy population of friendly bacteria.*

Why should I choose Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics ®?

Live Bacteria Guaranteed to Take Root: A probiotic supplement is helpful when the beneficial bacteria actually take root in the digestive tract and support the body’s ability to develop its own unique strains of probiotics. Created by award-winning microbiologist Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D., Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® contain viable bacteria (not freeze-dried or centrifuged) that are guaranteed to cohere in the colon.*

Complete Probiotic and Prebiotic System: Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics ® are fermented for three years using 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) including the proprietary TH10 strain which reportedly is six times stronger than any other known LAB strain. The probiotic supplement is encapsulated along with its prebiotic culture medium of nutritious vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, and seaweed and the naturally developed organic acids, which help alter the pH of the colon so the good bacteria can thrive. This provides nutrition and a level playing field for the good bacteria, further ensuring their success. The prebiotic nutrition also feeds the unique probiotic strains that were already present in your gut. Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic blend includes nutrition that supports your own individual microecology!* 
In addition to prebiotics and organic acids, the culture medium provides nutritious vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Digestive support, bacteriocins, and hydrogen peroxide also help maintain the delicate micro flora garden living in your digestive tract. Being able to take one capsule that covers probiotics, prebiotics, and organic acids provides peace of mind that the supplement will successfully supply noticeable whole health support.*

Convenience: The fermentation process used to craft Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics ® is conducted at seasonal temperatures. This results in a very stable product that does not require refrigeration. Individually blister-packed capsules preserve potency, ensure purity, and are convenient for travel.

Relief: All probiotic supplements should be taken regularly for at least three months to achieve the most extensive whole health benefits. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® provide more immediate relief, soothing the effects of occasional heartburn and digestive discomfort because the culture medium has a balancing effect in the stomach.*

Scientific Support: Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics ® is backed by over 20 university-based scientific studies.

What other dietary supplements and products do you offer?

Dietary Supplements: Along with the award-winning Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics ® by Essential Formulas, Dr. Ohhira has formulated a Brazilian green propolis product and vegan Omega-3, 6, and 9 plant and seed oils. Together, our probiotics, Propolis, and vegan omegas provide strong supplementation to address modern health challenges.* Skin and Beauty Care: Probiotics are good for your skin too! Dr. Ohhira has crafted a probiotics soap and a growing selection of probiotic moisturizers that contain his probiotic support blend and botanical ingredients to help cleanse and nourish the skin naturally. These products are incredible for sensitive skin and contain no artificial chemicals, fragrances, or surfactants.