Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Yogurt Really Help My Digestive System?

Friday, 03 May 2013 09:52 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have ulcerative colitis, and take Sulfasalazine. Can I also take lactobacillus, without side effects?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Yes. Ulcerative colitis causes an inflammation of the bowel lining, and flare ups are often prevented by regular Sulfasalazine use. Lactobacillus is an integral component of yogurt, and its use has been associated with restoration of normal, healthy gut bacteria and normal bowel function after antibiotic use, injury, or inflammation.
 
While lactobacillus use is not part of the conventional treatment protocol for UC, its use shouldn’t pose any harmful effects. At the very least, we know that the surface of the colon is disturbed with UC flares, and is likely that live culture lactobacillus use may be useful in promoting bowel healing and a return to normal bowel function.
 
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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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