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Old 09-26-2012, 02:24 PM   #16
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Lactose intolerant. Hate Activia. If I need anything, I increase my fluid intake and take some acidopholus while gradually increasing my fiber intake. I rarely need any assistance in this area and I sure wouldn't be taking in tons of dairy product to settle my system, regardless of what else was in it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #17
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I'll never forget my Activia "experience."

I heard that it helps with IBS issues, of course, it never really says what types of IBS issues. I can occasionally get the IBS of the "D" variety if you catch my drift. So, I thought I try some Activia to regulate things. Oh boy. Within one day of drinking it I was in the bathroom FIVE times that day. I had to immediately stop. Not fun. The stuff had a serious laxative effect on me. Now, I eat regular yogurt all the time--no problems. But the Activia (just two small bottles) caused a serious problem. There's something not right in that stuff.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #18
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As soon as you add fruit and sugar to yogurt you take away the good bacteria. If you really want to add the good bacterie to your diet eat plain yogurt with nothing in it or take a pill.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:50 PM   #19
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It's easier just to take a probiotic and be done with it. No need to deliver it through yogurt.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:23 PM   #20
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My gastro prescribed VSL#3 probiotic. He scoffed at Activia. VSL#3 is horribly expensive at $90.00 a bottle (otc, so no insurance coverage), but then 3 Activia's a day adds up too.

Would much rather take a pill than all the calories in 3 Activias.

The only person Activia has benefited is Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #21
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The Activia controversy is in Canada. And I point that out because, for two countries that border each other, the U.S. and Canadian governments come to wildly different conclusions on what is healthy to eat.

The U.S. banned cyclamates (for you kids, that was the artifical sweetener in all soft drinks at the time ) in 1969 because it was felt that they posed such a huge cancer risk...yet in Canada cyclamates are still legal to this day.

And the vegetable protein in the vegeterian foods made by Qorn as legal in the U.S., and in Canada, the government says it isn't fit for human consumption.
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My gastro prescribed VSL#3 probiotic. He scoffed at Activia. VSL#3 is horribly expensive at $90.00 a bottle (otc, so no insurance coverage), but then 3 Activia's a day adds up too.

Would much rather take a pill than all the calories in 3 Activias.

The only person Activia has benefited is Jamie Lee Curtis.
My daughter's gastro swears by Activia. And it solved her problem.
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My daughter's gastro swears by Activia. And it solved her problem.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:44 PM   #24
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Actually whats in Activa that "regulates" your digestive system are varieties of Lactobacilisus-they are your normal intestinal floral that you tend to kill over time by eating too much sugar ( there is sugar in most packaged foods including mayo, salad dressing, ect and low fat anything almost always has a ton of sugar in it because fat is a flavor carrier and food producers replace it with sugar to make things taste good.) and taking antibiotics. You can replace it with out eating yogurt-which, unless you are eating plain yogurt has sugar in it -and is an aggrivation for people who are lactose intoleratant-and with out taking probiotics. Lacto fermented foods like homemade sourkraut, crocked pickles ( brined not canned in vinager) and kimchi ( again fermented and cold stored, not canned) have tons of lacto bacillis and can heal intestinatal issues and relieve systems of IBS. and for the poster who said Activia upset her worse, going from one extreme to the other can be as bad as having no intestinal floral. You kind of have to work up to it. Personally ive never eaten Activia-i eat plan home cultured and strained yogurt pretty much everyday tho.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #25
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Haha.. If it doesn't work, I am more likely to use it!

When I buy yogurt at home I get yo plait or Dannon. The thought of a yogurt that makes you poo icks me out.

But every time we are at a hotel free breakfast, there is that Activia yogurt. I love yogurt, but I refuse to try it and need to GO during a road trip.

So if it doesn't work... Yay I might try it sometime!
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Lactose intolerant. Hate Activia. If I need anything, I increase my fluid intake and take some acidopholus while gradually increasing my fiber intake. I rarely need any assistance in this area and I sure wouldn't be taking in tons of dairy product to settle my system, regardless of what else was in it.
I've been lactose intolerant since birth, and have never had a problem with yogurt... Most of the lactose in yogurt has already been metabolized by the bacteria, so you shouldn't have any issues with it, unless there is something else in it that you may react to.
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I've been lactose intolerant since birth, and have never had a problem with yogurt... Most of the lactose in yogurt has already been metabolized by the bacteria, so you shouldn't have any issues with it, unless there is something else in it that you may react to.
THis is my son. I didn't know that about yogurt and we were gradually working him up to try different things. He was tolerating some new things like gold fish so we decided to try yogurt. WEll it didn't go very well, 3 hours later it was coming back up. My per said he was more than lactose intolerant because of what you said, there isn't any lactose in yogurt because of the cultures in it. People look at me like I am crazy and that my pediatrician must be wrong. Glad to hear you say that also.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #28
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My gastro prescribed VSL#3 probiotic. He scoffed at Activia. VSL#3 is horribly expensive at $90.00 a bottle (otc, so no insurance coverage), but then 3 Activia's a day adds up too.

Would much rather take a pill than all the calories in 3 Activias.

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If your GI doctor writes you a letter explaining why he has "prescribed" this for you, you can deduct it from your FSA account. I do this with the Align that I take. I have a letter than says its medically necessary for treatment of my IBS and to help prevent C Diff relapse. Check with your insurance company. I have Aetna and they allow this.
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I'm starting to wonder now if the yogurt is having a placebo effect for me. I actually have IBS-D too, but I do seem to be better when I have 2 or 3 per day.

I hate taking them though as we don't have very man flavours in Canada and I am sick of eating that much.

I want to try align but agent heard many positive reports, and if the yogurt is working I don't wan to mess with it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:44 AM   #30
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I'm amazed by this thread - who knew advertising worked this well? Though I suppose the ads wouldn't still be on and so focused on message if it didn't, but dang.

It's just crap sugar yogurt.

I too am weirded out by people referring to eating yogurt as "taking" as if it's medicinal.
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