Probiotics are natural supplements containing a high volume of live cultures, bacteria, and yeast that deliver notable benefits for your general health. As you may already know, the gut is our second brain which can often become imbalanced due to various factors. These can be all manner of different things from a recent consumption of antibiotics to symptoms of intestinal concerns such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Once there is an imbalance in the gut’s flora, you’ll be surprised to see what side effects it has on your overall health.
Are probiotics supplements effective?
Yes and no, there is constant research taking place to investigate the how effective probiotics are at combating certain concerns. This results in a constant improvement made by brands and their various formulas. This does also mean that some probiotics available are unable to deliver the benefits they often claim on the box.
What is the downside of taking probiotics?
Although probiotics are not medical, but in fact natural supplements you may be surprised to hear there is some downside to taking probiotics. Here are three of the main side effects people have claimed to suffer from when first using probiotics. Remembering of course that others sometimes don’t experience these symptoms.
- Irregular Digestive Symptoms
Two of the most common side effects are bloating and gas these are something commonly experienced by users are usually subside after a few weeks. If you are wanting to reduce the chances of suffering from these side effects you can reduce the dose, but this can result in you taking longer to notice a visible improvement in your overall gut health. Once you have passed a few weeks and the gas and bloating hasn’t subsided, it is best to stop taking the probiotics and seek the help from your doctor.
- Can Increase the Risk of Infection
Overall, probiotics are a safe addition to anyone’s everyday routine. However, there are some cases that should avoid taking probiotics all together. That are those with a risk of developing infections easily, such as those with a low immune system, prolonged stages of hospitalization, critical illness and those who have undergone recent surgery. The risk of developing an infection from the introduction of probiotics into your everyday lifestyle is extremely rare. However, if you find you have any of the following conditions, I have mentioned it is strongly advised to speak to your GP.
- Foods Rich in Probiotics Can Trigger Headaches
Many believe that eating food rich in probiotics, such as yoghurt and sauerkraut is an effective way of reaping the rewards of good bacteria. However, you’ll find that sometimes amines, such as histamine, tyramine and phenylethylamine are produced which can lead to headaches. If you find you are suffering from frequent headaches, then try swapping to probiotic supplements instead.
There you have three examples of the downside to taking probiotics so just ensure you keep a close eye on how you feel when first introducing them into your daily routine.
What are the signs you need probiotics?
The gut flora can become imbalanced so easily with exposure to daily factors, from stress to processed food. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, and eating a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables will regulate the microbiome and keep you feeling great. However, I understand fully that life will get in the way and disrupt your plans which is where probiotics can step in to help. If you are finding it confusing to figure out whether you need probiotics, the following are signs you should introduce them into your routine.
- You’re suffering from mood swings
95% of serotonin, also known as the happy hormone, is produced in the gut. With an imbalance you’ll find you may suffer from mood swings and irritability more frequently than usual.
- You are constantly feeling unwell or rundown
Believe it or not our immunity is connected to the overall health of the gut. If you are feeling rundown or seem to have a cold you can’t shift, then you’re probably suffering from an imbalance in your gut flora.
- You’re suffering from skin conditions
The health of your skin and gut are intertwined, if you are prone flare-ups in eczema, rashes, psoriasis then you are probably lacking in good bacteria. Introducing probiotics will eliminate toxins and calm any eczema or other flareups occurring on the skin surface.
- You’ve been taking antibiotics
Antibiotics are highly effective medications and should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. The only trouble we encounter is the fact they are so effective; they go on a rampage and kill off all the bacteria in the gut. Taking probiotics will reintroduce these desired microbes back into the gut.
- You’ve had food poisoning or an upset stomach
Ingesting food that makes you unwell or found you are suffering from stomach cramps are all evidence that bad bacteria has made its way into the gut. The calming effects of probiotics will give the stomach some rest and the TLC it needs.
There are some common signs you may experience when you would benefit from adding probiotics into your daily routine.
Do probiotics actually reach the gut?
Yes, some strains of probiotics can reach the gut effectively. You’ll find that probiotics pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract, through the gut and into both small and large intestine. You will have a better understanding of probiotics and how they have benefitted you with an improvement in your overall health and wellbeing.
Can long term use of probiotics be harmful?
Although probiotics are technically an all-natural supplement, it is still very important to remember to check with your doctor before taking them. Serious infections and long-term side effects can occur when probiotics are not taken correctly. This results in your immunity becoming weakened, especially if you have recently undergone surgery or are critically ill.
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