Let's face it, the last thing you want to do is add more things to your already overflowing medicine cabinet. But probiotics may be just what the doctor ordered!
To help you decide if probiotics could work for you, let’s explore some of the common questions surrounding this beneficial supplement.
How Much Is Too Much?
Good news - taking too many probiotics won't hurt you in the way that an overdose of a pharmaceutical drug might. That said, there can still be side effects when taking too many probiotics.
Some people have experienced bloating and gas after consuming large amounts of probiotics over time. This means that it's important to check with your doctor before starting any supplement regimen, especially if you are taking other medications or supplements as well.
The Recommended Dose for Probiotics
The general recommendation for adults is 1-2 capsules/day (or one tablespoon) containing between 1-15 billion colony-forming units (CFUs).
However, this dosage should be tailored to fit your individual needs - so don't forget to consult with your doctor before beginning a new supplement regimen!
It's also important to note that different types of probiotics require different doses, so make sure you read labels carefully.
Who Shouldn't Take Probiotics?
There are certain groups of people who should not take probiotic supplements without consulting a physician first (Note: children under 18 can take a probiotic but you should still talk to their pediatrician first).
These include pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, or serious medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
Additionally, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, it's best to avoid taking probiotic supplements until after treatment has been completed.
Finally, individuals who are allergic to dairy products should use caution when selecting a probiotic as many contain dairy products such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum which can cause reactions in sensitive individuals.
Are There Any Counter Indications?
While most people can safely take probiotic supplements without issue, there are certain situations where they may not be appropriate or could worsen symptoms instead of improving them.
For instance, those with weakened immune systems may find that their condition worsens after taking certain strains of bacteria found in some probiotic formulations due to their inability to fight off infection from these organisms.
Additionally, those with inflammatory bowel disease may experience increased inflammation after taking certain types of bacteria found in some probiotic formulations due to their inability to regulate the inflammatory response caused by these organisms.
Therefore it is always best practice to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any new supplement regimen involving probiotics so they can evaluate your individual needs and ensure that the supplement will not worsen any existing health conditions or interact negatively with any medications or other supplements you may be taking at the same time.
Taking care of your gut health is an important part of overall wellness - and for many people adding a daily dose of good bacteria in the form of a high-quality probiotic can make all the difference!
Before adding this beneficial supplement into your routine, however, make sure that you research what type and dose would be best suited for your individual needs - and never hesitate to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions about whether or not a particular product is right for you!
And remember - don't forget the fridge! The live cultures found in some yogurts contain beneficial bacteria as well - so stock up on Greek yogurt next time you’re at the store! Now go forth and get gutsy!
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