Why You Need Prebiotics To Maintain Gut Health

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Most people are aware that probiotics and plant-based, fiber-rich foods offer a variety of health benefits. Nearly all of these benefits work to maintain a healthy digestive system. So how do prebiotics factor into the equation? The answer is that they typically don’t for most Americans, given that the average American experiences indigestion, inflammation, weight gain, or impaired immune function.

 

Probiotics and prebiotics work hand-in-hand to support your microbiome, also known as the trillions of bacteria living in your body. Probiotic foods aid with healing the gut, but prebiotics feed the probiotics to enhance the health benefits. When healthy bacteria are more prevalent in the body, you tend to feel a lot better. Your metabolism functions smoothly, you have better energy, and your weight stays at a healthy level. When unhealthy bacteria are more prevalent in the body, you tend to crave sugar, your immune system is weakened, you feel fatigued, and you can experience anxiety.

 

What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are comprised of non-digestible fiber compounds that pass, undigested, through the upper part of the digestive tract. They travel to the colon, where they ferment and become healthy gut bacteria, which produce nutrients that work to keep the colon and digestive system healthy. These nutrients can include short-chain fatty acids, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream for metabolic health.

 

Prebiotics feed friendly bacteria and help them multiply on their own. Prebiotics work with probiotics to allow positive compositional changes to take place in the digestive system. The two of them work in unison to maintain diversity of intestinal flora by increasing the amount of healthy bacteria. Increased consumption of prebiotics has been associated with healthier cholesterol levels, better immune function, decreased inflammation, better gut health, and a lower risk of obesity and weight gain. Try adding the following prebiotic foods to your diet to see how you feel.

 

Garlic:

Roughly 11% of garlic’s fiber comes from inulin and 6% comes from a naturally occurring prebiotic called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, garlic also helps to inhibit the growth of disease-causing bacteria.

 

Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes):

These are more like root vegetables than the common green artichokes. They can be roasted, shredded on top of a salad, or blended into a smoothie. Their flavor is mild and they have been known to increase friendly bacteria in the colon. Sunchokes also work to strengthen the immune system and aid with healthy nervous system function.

 

Chicory Root:

Incredibly high in antioxidants, chicory root is a great digestive cleanser. Chicory root is commonly used to make cultured vegetables like kimchi or sauerkraut. Roughly 47% of chicory root fiber comes from the prebiotic fiber, inulin, which helps to relieve constipation. It can also help increase bile production.

 

Onions:

Probably one of the easiest ways to get prebiotics into your diet, onions have tons of antioxidants that boost the immune system. Onions and garlic are similar in that 6% of the fiber comes from FOS, which helps to break down fat and increases nitric oxide production in cells.

 

Dandelion Greens:

Dandelion greens are rich in fiber and can be used in salads or smoothies. They are excellent an excellent source of prebiotics and antioxidants. These greens are also known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic, and cholesterol lowering effects.

 

Other Prebiotic Sources:

  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Greenish Bananas
  • Okra
  • Radishes
  • Turmeric
  • Jicama
  • Carrots
  • Flaxseeds
  • Seaweed

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods#section18

https://draxe.com/prebiotics/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14360/why-prebiotics-are-just-as-important-as-probiotics-for-gut-health.html

2018-07-20T12:14:52+00:00

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    Q: Do I need to take a "Probiotic Supplement" with the FULL BODY DETOX? For the bacteria that needs to stay inside your colon, because we lose good and bad bacteria from the colon from detoxing the whole body. Do good bacteria need to stay in our colon and bodies especially for women's vagina to keep it clean.

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    Taking the supplement in addition to the cleanse is not necessary at all. The cleanse does not eliminate all of the good bacteria, if anything it plays a role in balancing it out. Probiotic supplements are not always the best choice.

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    Q: My mother, has been experiencing a digestive tract disorder for over 3 years. Everything she eats, and takes orally seems to come through her system, and gives off a foul smell. I recommended her to try your products because, they have been successful for me. She started taking the Probiotics, and Weight Loss Formula. She mentioned just today that they too, are coming through her system, and putting out a foul smell. She has been taking the herbs for little over 3-4 weeks now. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for my mom?

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    Please have her perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. Her insides are putrified because she's acidic. She needs to eat mostly fruits, vegetables and start drinking vegetable juice. These will help her condition.

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    Q: I am a massage therapist. During a year long detox with the help of a Naturopath I lost about 40 pounds. However, I could only lose weight while fasting. Though I recognized that I was extremely toxic (very thick, dark menses every 15 days to flu-like symptoms) it seemed that fecal matter was getting "stuck" in the bend of the trans. Colon and disc. Colon. Maintaining the weight losses and good health was difficult in spite of being on a wholesome diet. Digestive enzymes seemed to adversely affect digestion since elimination was slow (once a day). Though enzymes worked well in the stomach, I would only gain weight with the use of enzymes: drinking a gallon of water a day only touched my extreme thirst. I would become lethargic and experience painful menses. Cramps, along with swelling in the ankles. Recently a massage therapist who worked with colon massage laid hands on me and told me that my trans. colon was sitting below my belly button. His massaging in the bend of the trans. colon and the disc. Colon was very uncomfortable. We agreed that massage could help with my situation since I felt great after the massage. I take flaxseed oil, prune juice, probiotics, and cranberry juice everyday and I have been seeing a colon hydro therapist for the past five weeks (once a week) with very good results. Is there a special diet that can help pull the trans colon back into position? I really want to be able to eat wholesome foods and look and feel wholesome at the same time. Thank you for your support.

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    I WOULD RECOMMEND COLON REPAIR. CONSIDER THE DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE AND IT'S CORRELATING DIET (WHICH COMES WITH THE CLEANSE) AND DRINK MUCH VEGETABLE AND FRUIT JUICE, BUT ESPECIALLY VEGETABLE JUICE. FRUITS SMOOTHIES WILL ALSO HELP REPAIR THE COLON. DRINK 2-4 OUNCES OF ALOE VERA JUICE IN A GLASS OF WATER. PERFORM ANTI-GRAVITY EXERCISES 15-MINUTES PER DAY (HAVE LEGS RAISED HIGHER THAN THE FACE - I.E. LEGS UP AGAINST THE WALL WITH HEAD AND BACK ON THE GROUND). PERFORM ENEMAS AND COLONICS AS WELL. ALL ORGANS ARE REPAIRABLE AND THEREFORE YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF OF THIS CRISIS. PEACE, OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BE UNTO YOU.

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    Please read the article "BACTERIOR VAGINOSIS" and "WHY WOMEN ARE SO SICK" Product-wise: I recommend the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Doctors are ignorant to true causes of diseases. They are of no value!

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    Senna is a 100% all-natural herb that is completely safe. It can be used for bowel movement stimulation, as the body recognizes and assimilates the herb without any side effects. All of our products can provide numerous health benefits.

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

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    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.

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    Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.

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    Q: For the last few months off and on when I have bowel movements that are not "normal". I read somewhere that one's waste should float. My waste however comes out whole but tends to disintegrate in the water. I am very regular, I use the bathroom at least 3 times a day after each meal and maintain a pretty healthy vegan diet about 70% live foods. I was wondering if there could be an issue with absorption, or assimilation in my colon, possibly a fiber issue?

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    Yes, stools should be whole (not disintegrate) and should float in the toilet water. Try increasing your dietary fiber intake with whole fruits and vegetables. Read some of our COLON articles on our site under "Articles."

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    Q: My mother has problems with stomach ulcers and bacteria in her stomach. She has tried the series of medication subscribed by the doctor and the bacteria has returned. Is there a natural remedy for bacteria in the stomach?

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    Try our10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Have her try it!

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    Q: My 19 months old daughter has clostridium difficile bacteria. I had done some research but it is still very unclear, what needs to be done. I do not want to take her back to the M.D. I was very disappointed in the whole system. Hope you can help me to find a better way.

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    Try the Children's Detox and put the liquid extracts in the child's milk (or water). This cleanse contains all herbal extracts for children that nourishes all of the organs in the body to support optimal health.

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    Q: While I know by experience that herbs can have a healing effect, You say that clearly, "Sarcoidosis affects the glands", the inner and outer skin, and the lymphatic system. Sarcoidosis is a degenerative disease, and is therefore due to improper diet. You don't mention at any stage that it is an auto immune disease. To say that diet alone can cause one's immune system to attack the body, and major organs (which you don't mention anywhere) seems very simplistic. I may be wrong, but I hope you are not just raising hopes for all the sufferers out there. My sister has sarcoidosis.

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    Beloved, why would I want to in futile and falsely raise innocent people's hopes and create bad karma for myself? I'm not one of the unscrupulous Christian ministers who do such, Beloved. I'm a wise natural healer. I have no incentive in raising false hopes. Life is not joke nor is suffering! Sarcoidoisis is a PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE disease which means it is diet related. A disease is preventable because eating wrong foods can be prevented. A disease is reversible because poor diet is reversible. Research the medical term "degenerative disease" and you'll understand where I'm coming from. I'm not one to embrace auto-immune disease because when the body turns on itself that's not natural. The person did something to make their body attack itself. People invite disease, Ma'am via WRONG DIET, WRONG THOUGHTS, WRONG ACTIONS, etc. If she was born with sarcoidosis, she picked up in life, a life that she led pursuant to her own free will. I say again: YOU CAN heal from any disease! If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can't, you can't! It IS that simple! Jesus (not that you may be a Christian, I'm just quoting) stated: If thou canst belive, all things are possible to him that believeth!

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    Q: I have been diagnosed with Prostatitis. I have been talking anti-biotics to treat the bacteria. Other than the symptoms of pelvic pain and clear bacteria presence, I have been having issues with erection and libido. I was put on a antibiotics for 3 months. My question is after I am done with the antibiotics I would like to use herbs for continual treatment. I think it would be a good idea to detox after my treatment but what would you recommend for the sex drive and erection issue? In one of your articles you said " Would you believe that most cases of penile erectile dysfunction are due to Clogged Arteries, and Poor Blood CIRCULATION?" I am in agreement with that statement. How does this factor in with my case of prostatitis since I am having some erection, sex drive issues?

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    Antibiotics for prostatitis? Not helping the problem! I urge you to read our "Male Prostate" article in our articles section. Don't even worry about the sex drive. Your body is talking to you about a disease and you're concerned with erection. Refrain from sex, and concentrate on healing. Get your mind right! Focus on optimal health and well-being. Please check out our Mental Science Manual (visit e-books section). Think about performing the Full Body Detox followed by the Total Male Cleanse, at least for starters in correcting this problem.

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    Q: Good Day to you. July 07, I was diagnosed with having the auto-immune disease Myasthenia Gravis. Since then I have had several hospital stays, including a surgery to remove my Thymus Gland...(beleif that this was one cause)and taking many medications, one of which suppresses my immune system, the others include steroids which have terrible side effects...etc. My latest hospital stay, I was placed on the vent and intubated, because of the Myasthenia and an infection that my body couldn't fight off (suppressed immune system) that further complicated the MG restricting my respiratory system. That was a truly scary and painful experience. I am only 32 and I have been searching for a more natural approach to eradicating this Dis-Ease of the body which they say there is no cure. My thoughts are, they are not looking for cures...if they did, that would mean the pharmaceutical companies no longer have reason to continue to poison and make dependent on them those whom they make the medications...which eventually cause other problems...meaning they don't make money if cures are found. The continuous pill taking and side effects are causing more problems than the original diagnosis. Please let me know if any of your products are a possible answer to my prayers. I am desperately seeking...in addition to keeping the faith and staying strong in prayer, a more natural approach to dealing with MG and taking care of my body, the temple of which the creator has kept alive in spite of this potentially dangerous ailment. Thank you in advance for your time.

    A:

    You didn't have to have your thymus gland removed. This gland is the seat of the immune system so the doctors removed your natural defense and then gave you toxins which are really exacerbating your situation. I recommend that you perform the FULL BODY DETOX and after performing, take a daily regimen of RAINFOREST TONIC, IMMUNE BOOSTER EXTRACT, KHEMETIAN GOLD, ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD. You can overcome your present health crisis! Just stay strong, focused (on your healing), and POSITIVE! Every problem including with health is an opportunity!!!!!!

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    Q: I have consulted my doctor and he said I have a bacteria infection in my cerebrum (brain) it is airborne it is contagious it can be picked up by people who is close to me it effects my heart and liver kidneys. I want to know what is the best product to buy to get rid of this infection I had it for months and I want to know, what must I do to get the healing that I need?

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    You should perform the Full Body Detox (for 3 weeks), change your diet, change your thoughts (positive thinking), change your lifestyle, and environment (if possible). This condition can be healed if you believe it can.

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    Q: On WebMD there is information stating that high fiber foods such as raw fruits, and vegetables can irritate or flare up Crohn's disease. But, your article on Chron's disease says to switch to a vegan diet after detoxing. Why would raw fruits and vegetables flare up Chron's disease? Why do your articles suggest to eat raw fruits and veggies when people say it can irritate the disease?

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    We don't subscribe to that. We do our own homework at Dherbs.com. There is no confusion at Dherbs because we use logic, reason, common sense, intuition, wisdom, etc. So we are not confused in regards to food and health.

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    Q: I see a lot of your tea formulas if not all of them are also offered in pill form. Which is recommended the tea or the pill? Also I am pretty sure I have a bacterial infection of some sort. I have been to 2 different doctors neither one of them actually ran any test to find out what the infection was. They really didn’t even listen to me at all when I went there. Actually I told them flat out what tests I wanted done and they still didn’t do them. Now I remember why I hate traditional doctors. One doctor took an x-ray and told me I have a whole lot of bacteria in my ingestions what an x-ray shows there I don’t know because even if it appears cloudy bacteria is SUPPOSE to be there anyway. I already knew I had a problem bacteria there as I am having mucus in my stools. He just gave me an antibotic and that was it. either way his 3 day antibiotic didn’t work and I felt ripped off paying a copay for 3 pills. So I have a question about a recommendation here. I know for sure the bacteria is affecting my intestines as the mucus in my stool. I don’t know where else it has worked into but I am thinking it’s starting to effect my eyes some as well as I have noticed they appear much more watery than normal and looks like they get a discharge from them and they are much more red than normal. Regardless to what the doctor says I don’t have allergies. I know my body much better than he does I have never had allergy problems in the past so I don’t think its caused from that. so what products should I be looking at? and are the teas or pills recommended?

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    Capsules are more potent than teas but teas get into the body faster. So you can choose what you're looking for. Both capsules and teas work however! For bacterial infection: First perform the FULL BODY DETOX and follow that up with the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Change your diet: raw foods (75%) and vegan (25%). Drink plenty of vegetable juice. Drink Dherbs MUCUS BUSTER TEA daily (1-2 cups) p.s. - Don't hate traditional doctors! It's negative energy. Read my article â€LEAVE MEDICAL DOCTORS ALONEâ€.

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    Q: I am a 29 year old African American female. I would like to tell you my story and get your advice. Before Sept. 28, 2008 I was a healthy fun loving female but after sept. 28th my health has not been the same. I wake up in the morning weak with nausea and headaches. I went to Kaiser and they said I had a virus and I had to let it take its course. I work with kids and it was hard for me to go back to work because 1. I kept getting sick. 2. My boss was mad that I was sick and not able to work. So I went back to Kaiser and then they said I was sick and had a virus with a mix of anxiety(due to my boss going crazy on me). They said I need to rest and stop being anxious, so I can heal.(well the anxiety is gone) Next I started to get sharp pains in my stomach area(which I have had before on and off for the past couple of years but it would only happen like once or twice a year) but I was scared because the pains we're very sharp and happening like two weeks apart. So Kaiser told me to go see a Upper GI Dr. I went to see one and had an endoscopy done and they found a yeast infection in my throat and that also my esophagus was irritated to but my stomach looked fine. So they put me on Prontiox (for the irritated esophagus and Difucan (for the yeast infection). Well as soon as I finished the medication for the yeast infection in my esophagus, I lost my voice and could not talk for 4-5 days and I still have the stomach pains. So the Upper GI dr. told me the sore throat and losing my voice was a side effect to GERD and that is what I may have. So he asked to up the dose of the Prontiox (so now I am taking 80 mg instead of 40 mg a day). But guess what still having stomach pains and my voice still goes in and out and it feels like something is stuck in my throat and now when I eat, I feel food get stuck in my chest like right in the middle of my breast. So what is going on with me...they have done blood work on me from blood count to checking me for STD's (even HIV) and everything came back normal/negative. And they keep saying all my blood work is healthy...So what is going on and what can I take, because I am a natural person and my system is sensitive to a lot of stuff and I don’t like being on these medications. And now the DRs may think I have IBS..Oh boy Help!! And oh yeah I have had very bad cramps when I have my period and take Motrin and I would like to know is there anything I can take that is sensitive to my stomach... HELP

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    Beloved, first perform the FULL BODY DETOX. Next, perform TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, and lastly, perform the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. These kits will repair your system!

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    Q: I am concerned that I have trouble eliminating waste naturally and have to take some sort of laxative every other day. I have gone to specialist and they all subscribe fiber of some sort and that works for a while and I have to steadily increase the dosage to get it to work. I would really like to get away from this practice all together and be healthy. I am not overweight- currently 5"6- and 140 pounds. I have had this probably at least 10 years. Your help is appreciated.

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    Keep your focus on what you desire (optimal health). Stay positive (read our MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book)!!!! Herbally, try the FULL BODY DETOXwhich should really help your situation.

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    Q: I work in NYC's underground subway system and am exposed to a multitude of airborne metals and a variety of chemicals including coal tar used as a wood preservative. Are there any herbs I can take or foods I can eat specifically to reverse any damage this has assuredly done to my body?

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    Nothing is better than ACTIVATED CHARCOAL (carbon). Read our article on this substance!

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    Q: I was wondering if either the Ant-Viral formula or Immune Support formulas would adversely affect beneficial flora and is it recommended to take probiotics while taking either of these formulas. Also, how would you rate the taste of the Anti-Viral tea? Is it absolutely awful with those listed ingredients or is there any stevia added?

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    None of our products (nor anything natural) will adversely affect beneficial flora in the body. You do not have to take probiotics while taking any of our formulas. In re the taste of our teas, they are pretty well-tasting considering we use Stevia in all of our teas. Hey, try it yourself and see for yourself.