Probiotics Benefits + Myths | Improve Gut Health | Doctor Mike

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Justine Reno

Oct 10, 2019, 7:58 am Reply

What about probiotics while breastfeeding?
I was advised by a lactation consultant to take them when my son had thrush. This was over 5 years ago, and I’m unsure if things have changed.

Jeanne Esta

Oct 10, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

Dr. Mike let's practice mutualism …. Y/N?

 HAHAHAHAHA I am just messing with you relax. We don't want to add to those grey hairs…


Oct 10, 2019, 1:30 pm Reply

DOG KISSES. I read a study that showed people with dogs shared the same microbiome, and where dogs had a healthy digestion, the owner did too. Could we go further and test if a healthy dog digestion, paired with a person with IBS or similar, got a little better once they started to share the microbiome with that dog? Kiss that dog, go on. KISSES! If nothing else, it might lower your stress.

Melody Lights Ahgases Starlight Inspirit

Oct 10, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

What about Yakult? And other drinks that claim to have live lactobacilli shirota strain (i hope i spelled all those right)? They (and the ads) say it's good for digestion. Also, my mom always tell me not to drink more than 1 bottle a day because it's bad. Is there any truth to any of those?

Mike Jay

Oct 10, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

I take supplement from GNC, basic 25 billion CFU and have seen positive changes in health


Oct 10, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Is Yakult okay? If yes, whats a good frequency to take it? Once a week?

Sarah Medrano

Oct 10, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

Dr. Mike: job of the gut
me, half listening whilst doing my makeup for work: jabba the hut?

Ed kennedy

Oct 10, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

what about taking kefir


Oct 10, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

5:03. You shouldnt talk to us about stress. Talk to school or jobs, who are giving us stress

The Mighty Quinn Golling

Oct 10, 2019, 9:19 pm Reply

Dr. Mike, I have a chronic UTI which I take antibiotics to keep in line. would a probiotic be helpful in this case?


Oct 10, 2019, 10:37 pm Reply

If he was my health teacher is high school, I would of focused a lot more & learned more in that class hahah he’s so friggen cute☺️

Danielle Stevens

Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

Hey Dr. Mike. Does trumic really help with inflammation? and does chewable vitamin C really help with colds? How much should u be taking? Thanks love u and Bear


Oct 10, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

Omg me knowing what he’s actually talking about-bio is coming throuuuugh

J Burgos

Oct 10, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

Excellent video Dr. Mike. I'd like to know how you feel about oral probiotics. Thanks!

karla Knapper

Oct 10, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Hey, Dr. Mike, I was wondering if there was harm in having too many good bacteria? I used to take probiotics when I was on antibiotics but kept taking them. Is there such a thing as too many good bacteria?

Health beats

Oct 10, 2019, 3:49 pm Reply

Good video

Kirsti McGuire

Oct 10, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

You never mention eating traditional fermented food ( sauerkraut kimchi kvass ect that have been eaten for thousands of years and full of billions of probiotics.

Gregory Novikov

Oct 10, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

I believe gut bacteria can be the cure to depression, obesity, adhd and many more

Muhammad Azlan

Oct 10, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

323 dislike is a bacteria.

Leticia Valdez

Oct 10, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

I actually new something that I learned from school from this video


Oct 10, 2019, 3:30 pm Reply

Opinion on probiotic aimed drinks like Kiefer and Kombucha ?

TheDukSystem Qwakers

Oct 10, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply

You mentioned that the acid in Your stomach can destroy/kill probiotics
i have a question…
Do Probiotic Drinks like Yakult have any benefits as they are liquids so the Probiotics will be destroyed/killed in the Stomach wont they?

Michelle Martinez

Oct 10, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

0:10 nooooooooo

Michelle Martinez

Oct 10, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

The edits tho


Jenni J

Oct 10, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

A doctor at a hospital told us to give my daughter a probiotic gummy every day because she had to go on a second round of antibiotics (she had a sinus infection and a couple weeks later she went to the hospital for pneumonia). Is that even normal?

Meredith S.

Oct 10, 2019, 9:48 am Reply

It should be noted people with IBD need to clear it with their IBD specialist. Sometimes it can do more harm especially with ulcers in the digestive track


Oct 10, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

can i play this in class?


Oct 10, 2019, 7:05 pm Reply

I'm going to do my Bachelor about psychobiotics, microbiom & mental health diseases so wish me luck! <3

Sabrina Bynum

Oct 10, 2019, 5:50 am Reply

Dr Mike would it be a good idea to eat yogurt for probiotics if you have a love for sushi?


Oct 10, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

Check out the book "The Second Brain" by Michael D. Gershon , M.D. copyright 1998
Fantastic book, I read it 3 times. I was able to meet him and see him speak at a Autism Biological Orlando, FL conference back in 2000.

soo young choi

Oct 10, 2019, 4:15 pm Reply

I’m Asian and eats kimchi all the time I don’t have to worry 😂😂🤣

Trudi Bailey

Oct 10, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

I’m a kidney transplant patient x2. My immune system is compromised. What is the best probiotic supplement to take?

Atomy Lovers

Oct 10, 2019, 1:58 am Reply


Nona Zellmar

Oct 10, 2019, 10:23 am Reply

Look into the Seed Synbiotic. It’s amazing. I’ve been taking it for 2 days so far and it’s already made all the difference in my regularity. It’s the only pro/prebiotic that’s clinically proven in like 24 countries! It has a double capsule technology that keeps the probiotics safe until they reach your intestines. And they’re all human centric strains. They also include a probiotic that produces folate.
Although I have always had issues with my regularity and have had bad digestion all my life. I’ve also had depression off and on for as long as I can remember. I can’t comment on the improvement of my depression yet, because it would probably be more of a placebo effect. But again, I’ve never been this regular. Seed is a little expensive but has a full month supply, is clinically proven, and the brand focuses on research and sustainability.

Alex Mobii

Oct 10, 2019, 1:40 pm Reply

Thanks Dr. Mike; I almost bought probiotics the other day. I guess it's not worth the risk.

Bonnie C

Oct 10, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

What about if your appendix was removed?

R a

Oct 10, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

I guess all the Asians are gut unhealthy because of the white rice. If you have skin problems of course diet is number one but right probiotics supplements will help a lot. And talking to a doctor about supplements is not a good idea because they don’t have any idea about nutrition and supplements

Skylar Mendes

Oct 10, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Can you make a video on Autoimmune disease or psoriasis

Teresa Cronell

Oct 10, 2019, 8:45 pm Reply

I am an Assistant Professor in nursing education. I love Dr. Mike and share your vids with my students. Very helpful and evidence based!! I love love love these. Thanks so much!!

a a

Nov 11, 2019, 11:27 am Reply

I heard that the oxpecker bird drinks blood is that true?

Meowdy Partner

Nov 11, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

I should have known this during my teenage years. I'm 22 now and diagnosed with ADHD. I had a terrible ability to focus and my skin condition was really bad. I went through my entire teenage life with depression and anxiety. My diet was a mess which could explain why I was a mess. I will start eating more healthy and try to come up with a plan that works for me.

Hassn Bnkey

Nov 11, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

I need tablet

Sara Texas

Nov 11, 2019, 2:10 am Reply

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep doing nutritional videos!! I love the positive nutrition tips!


Nov 11, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

I benge watch your videos you are mostly the reason why I can’t sleep 🙁

SanDee McGeek

Nov 11, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

never realized he has green eyes

Sink Your Roots

Nov 11, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

Is there any research re: probiotics and leveling out blood sugar issues? I struggled for about 7 years with my blood sugar dropping quickly after eating – it was technically within the "normal" range, but I would get the shakes/feel faint/get anxious as soon as my blood sugar dropped below 85. Since my blood sugar would drop below 90 within 3 hours after eating, it meant that every day was challenging. Very aggravating. Lots of whole grains and protein would help, but I would constantly have to be on watch, because I could go from feeling fine to feeling really shaky within 15 minutes. Last year, I started drinking a lot of kefir – about 2 cups per day – purely because I like it and it is rich in protein. To my surprise, after about 3 months of this, I found I was no longer getting hungry between meals and yet wasn't getting shaky. I was finally able to take in fewer calories without "crashing" (since I need to lose weight and could never cut calories without feeling faint, this was a huge benefit). I put it to the test at about four months and tried a 24-hours fast, checking my blood sugar levels every two hours – I remained completely steady! Totally wonderful! Since then, I have had zero problems with blood sugar issues except for once or twice when I'd gone a week or two without drinking kefir. If there is research to back this up, it might be something people could benefit from hearing. I have concluded that I must had deficiencies in my microbiome that the probiotics have resolved, manifesting in steadier blood sugar levels and better absorption of food so that I require fewer calories overall to feel more satisfied and healthier. Thank you!

Wilhelm Heinzerling

Nov 11, 2019, 2:46 pm Reply

Stress is the hidden killer

Lenore talon

Nov 11, 2019, 9:19 pm Reply

Desperate for gut pain relief from GERDS and bleeding ulcers I drink raw kefir and raw milk. From my goat. It stopped the pain. And I feel better

Thank you next vids Respect the theory

Nov 11, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

So what’s the symptoms of an overgrowth of bad bacteria ?

the voice of reasoning

Nov 11, 2019, 10:47 pm Reply

What are some of the best brands of probiotics


Nov 11, 2019, 4:49 am Reply

Bacterias fart?

david king

Nov 11, 2019, 8:44 am Reply

Ich liebe Gut

david king

Nov 11, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

When I m sad I click Doc mike videos then I become happy and learn some knowlege about healthy lifestyle

david king

Nov 11, 2019, 8:48 am Reply

So much knowledges

david king

Nov 11, 2019, 8:48 am Reply

Need to control my gut everyday

Mehmet Soediro

Nov 11, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

For examples produc mr @doctor mike

Kathy Myers

Nov 11, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

You are so funny. Thanks for the heads up. Considering powerful probiotics. Maybe I should stick to foods. I need to produce more seratonin and get OFF Zoloft.

Harender Thakran

Nov 11, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

Could you please help me with whether I should go for prebiotics and probiotics in case of SIBO?
I would really appreciate that !!

Mac Mcleod

Nov 11, 2019, 11:21 pm Reply

Three times in my life I've had an illness that appeared to completely kill off my flora. I immediately began having trouble digesting food and one case experience strong constipation. The last case was after food poisoning from an egg that got into the colon.

In each case the symptoms continued until I took probiotics. The first time it was almost 7 weeks before I stumbled on them. The last two times it was about a week.

I have also seen research that probiotics can influence whether you are diabetic or not and the number of calories you extract from food and whether you can suggest certain foods at all.

I know of a person who was unable to digest milk her entire life until she met a new boyfriend at 39 and all of a sudden she could the jest milk without problems. The only explanation was a transfer of his culture to her.

In each case I only took two doses and that was sufficient. I've never taken daily doses on a regular basis.

Gaem Gyu

Nov 11, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply


The Dude

Nov 11, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

Hi Doctor Mike

Aoeiu Bpmftd

Nov 11, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

My microbiologist friend told me probiotics supplement is all a scam. Those micro organisms cannot survive in capsules and pills. The only way to ingest live organisms is to eat yoghurt and kimchi. I'm not sure whom to listen to… I'm currently doing both, taking capsules I bought on Amazon and eating a lot of yoghurt and I feel better. But I don't know exactly which one is actually doing the job lol.


Nov 11, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

I have probiotics in a delicious protein powder I got. I wondered since it’s just a powder, will my stomach acid kill all of them?

Dave N Japan

Nov 11, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

This guy is Dangerous…….Take a Periodic….it will do you good 🚀

jxrdxn _2

Nov 11, 2019, 3:44 pm Reply

When Dr. Mike refers to things I’ve learnt in life science and I actually know what he’s taking about😭😭😭😭👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾love from South Africa♥️🇿🇦

Awakening Utopia

Nov 11, 2019, 5:14 am Reply

I had a problem with my gut, couldn't go to the toilet until I'd get diarrhea like all the time. I started taking Swanson's 16 strain probiotic with FOS and I feel like I am cured. I can easily go to the bathroom, no more diarrhea. But I guess I got lucky?


Nov 11, 2019, 6:46 am Reply

My gut having a circadian rhythm suddenly makes sense why I cannot eat a meal before 10a.


Nov 11, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

Are the bacteria found in vegan yogurt any different from the bacteria found in regular yogurt?


Nov 11, 2019, 10:04 pm Reply

Great video.

I put a lot of effort into my gut health.
I'm a professional musician, and I also work in a primary school. I also have 2 small kids… So I'm surrounded by potential bugs.

I take (good quality) Probiotics daily (have done for 2 years now) – I've genuinely found it to be exceedingly effective.
I do also drink raw Apple cider vinegar, matcha teas, turmeric, bromelain, ginger – which In imagine also helps.

I've found probiotics prevent me from getting bacterial infections (tonsilitis etc) and I've not been physically sick due to exposure to a sickness bug in over 2 years now. (Vs before when I would get sickness bugs)
Perhaps this is also linked to eating a plant-based diet; plenty of greens and fruits/veg?

Just as an aside… I've seen some research that connects gut health to neurological illnesses such as Alzheimer's

Elsa Ritchie

Nov 11, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

Hi Mike!

My doctor prescribed me with antibiotics and medicinal cream to help with my acne (it’s not new but more old acne but it’s cystic I think.) Would this be healthy to do so?

J Moses

Nov 11, 2019, 4:54 am Reply

Has anyone benefited from probiotics that has eczema?

usama saeed

Nov 11, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

sir doctor give me almost 8 antibiotics.i use excess ginger, garlic and cloves, herbs apple cider swap test is done. and stapphylococus aureus is seen in my swap test.sir symptoms
1.wt loss (10 kg)
2.lack of energy.
5.bottom itching (several months)
6.breath problems
8.dry hairs amd skin.
9.blurr vision.
sir these symptoms
stapphylococus aureus and blastocis hominis are seen in my stool test.
sir what should i do?
which probiotics should i eat?
my wt is losing more day by day.
now i loom like bones.
and bottom itching is not gone??


Nov 11, 2019, 11:31 pm Reply

I have been to a lot of Doctors in my 58 years of life and most of them didn't have a clue about nutrition and gut health, to many wanted to just give me a pill which just treated the symptoms not the cause . People need to be their own doctor sometimes and find natural remedies because big Pharma loses money if people get better. Educate yourself people!

kaat burnham

Nov 11, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

Thanks for the gr8 video…finally some useful information about probiotics

Bob Nad

Nov 11, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

What about alcohol? Is a daily intake bad even if every other point is on point?

Mia Jordan

Nov 11, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

That was some of my favorite food and I haven’t been sleeping right and I’m always stressed 😐 great I gotta make big changes lol


Nov 11, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

That dog is BEAUTIFUL

R. Badie

Nov 11, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

A bit lost… Maybe thats the over-dose of watching many dr mike's videos

Claire Dietrich

Nov 11, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

I assume yes but would like to confirm that probiotics can be a beneficial treatment for Crohn’s as well as UC? Asking as a Crohn’s patient.

Elided Cana

Nov 11, 2019, 11:46 am Reply

Can you please make a video on IBS ?😊
Your videos help me out so much not only learn all of this for my benefit but helps me help the ones I love . God bless you Dr. Mike 🙏

Cliff Jones

Nov 11, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

I have had so many infections and I have taken antibiotics to combat the infections. Antibiotic literally means: Destroy all bacteria. I take probiotic supplements every day and I get a great benefit from them


Nov 11, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

I like drinking that Kefir. Blueberry flavor!

Rennata Melville

Nov 11, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

Can u make a video on eczema my 8 year old daughter has eczema and she is allergic to plenty of foods. She itches all the time nothing is helping to stop the itching but cold remedy just calming it down.

Gregory Valencia

Nov 11, 2019, 4:21 am Reply

Bro u gotta listen to ur body I drink a kambucha in the morning and my body feels better and I get energy


Nov 11, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

I wish he explained the WHY on no refined sugars – breads, etc. What does is it do to the biome etc. He explained sleep and the others.

kimm hughes

Nov 11, 2019, 1:42 am Reply

Antibiotics and yogurt stripped probiosics from my stumic. Yogurt go's right throw my system. 2% milk does the same thing.

Renee Moore

Nov 11, 2019, 4:24 am Reply

Bear is so cute! He's like a giant Snickers bar but slobby….lol. I have MS, guess I need to avoid probiotic supplements.

Jonas Santos

Nov 11, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

u are so hot doc. can u be my bf

Judge Joudi

Nov 11, 2019, 3:32 am Reply

Is kombucha beneficial, in your opinion? Yes or no and why?

Side note: Dr. Mike is incredible! Thank you so much for this insight! I look forward to getting a notification for your videos 🙂

Nickel .O.

Nov 11, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

Hey Doctor…so I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and is it possible to live without your colon because some years back, a surgeon wanted to take out my whole colon. Do you think this process is necessary? Love your channel btw.

Yuva nesh

Nov 11, 2019, 10:08 pm Reply

A great post thanks for sharing you're savior for all the gut problems normally face by human species. Tips and information are very handy by a Dr with a great humor & positive attitudes. I love your honesty super channel. ✌👍😄

Yuva nesh

Nov 11, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

I don't have any gut problems above but my grandpa his so he's taking Floramax pro he feels like walking on air. 👌👍

Lesbian Amazon Sister

Nov 11, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

The fluffy pup 💞

ivan schafeldt

Nov 11, 2019, 8:22 am Reply

you generally wont need probiotics unless you have had a double dose of anti biotics.
i figured out the need for probiotics after a course of antibios to kill an H pylori duodenal ulcer left me bloated and practically unable to digest anything, i plowed weight on, bloated up like a balloon when id never been able to put weight on in my entire life, all it took was a course of L cassei to right the erroneous digestion and to lose weight again

Shauna Stadulis

Nov 11, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply


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Musa Eweis

Dec 12, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

I was struggling with depression and saver anxiety then went on a fool hole plant base realignment and now feel a whole lot better and off medication. Eat your veg!

michael cham

Dec 12, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

Doctor Mike can you explain the medical of poop transplant
If i take a healthy poop Donor like you can i be healthy like you because you look healthy

Mantle at Rest

Dec 12, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

As a food microbiologist with specialty in probiotics, I am impressed with this video. Nice work Doc Mike👍


Dec 12, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

i just know some good bacteria kills other good bacteria. so that mean the good vs good and the bad end up winning since it all equal amount. need to stick to certain strain.

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