Adjusting to Probiotics
When you take probiotic supplements, you’re introducing a lot of beneficial bacteria in the gut that quickly multiplies. These good bacteria crowd out the unwanted microbes in your body and restore the natural balance of the gut bacteria.
Many people take probiotics to help treat and prevent diarrhea and constipation. Evidence also shows that probiotics may help with obesity, diabetes, allergies, and eczema. Taking probiotic supplements helps boost immune function, keep the heart-healthy, and reduce the symptoms of certain digestive disorders.
What to expect when you take probiotic supplements?
Remember that anytime you make changes in your diet, there’s a chance you may feel the effect of that change, just like when you are taking probiotic supplements. As the friendly bacteria colonizes your gut, you may experience several chemical reactions that your body may need some time to adjust. These include:
- Digestive discomfort
- Skin flare-ups
How to adjust to probiotics
- Drink plenty of water
The most efficient way to get rid of your body from toxins being released by the dead bacteria is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water speeds up the detoxification process. Keeping your body hydrated can temporarily put constipation and diarrhea at bay. Experts recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day. Feel free to supplement it with lemon to boost the alkaline content, which helps to further cleanse the body.
Our bodies were designed to stay in motion as much as possible throughout the day. So, I’d say, a highly sedentary lifestyle can negatively impact your entire body, including your circulatory and lymphatic system. Since it doesn’t have a pump like the heart, the lymphatic system requires a lot of movement to remove toxins and waste materials out from the body. Any form of physical exercise you enjoy will help your digestion. Jogging, dancing, or power yoga are great ways to do this.
- Start at a low dose
To reduce the chances of side effects, start at a low dose then gradually increase your dose over a few weeks. This will give your body time to adjust to the supplements. If bloating, gas, and any of these side effects persist, stop taking your supplement for a while.
Precautions in taking probiotics
In rare cases, probiotic supplements may cause unwanted side effects like:
- Skin problems: If severe itching occurs, stop using probiotics and check with your doctor. Check also the label and look for possible allergens. Once your skin problem clears up, try a different strain of probiotics.
- Small intestine bacterial growth: Sometimes bacteria in the large intestine grows in the small intestine. Symptoms of this condition include diarrhea and gas bloating. Anyone with this condition should seek medical attention.
- Allergy risk: Those who are allergic to dairy products should exercise caution in choosing probiotic supplements.
- Increased risk of infection: People with fungal infection and those with severe illnesses should wait until infection or illness has cleared up before taking probiotic supplements.