I think it’s important to warn folks about using combination prebiotic/probiotic capsules. I’m not a fan of that kind of supplement. I’ve had too many clients with terrible side effects, including at least one who nearly ended up in the hospital. This particular gentleman had been taking a combination of probiotics and prebiotics and within about seven to ten days, he thought he was going to die. His brain fog got so bad he almost had to go to the emergency room. He felt extremely sick and spaced out, with major gas and bloating, ane his brain went crazy. Eventually, he found that it was the prebiotics that were causing the problem
Sometimes people who’ve had this reaction are told by their naturopath or integrative doctor, I “Well, it’s quite normal, it’s called a Herxheimer reaction. It’s a die-off reaction. They’ve got Candida dying off in their gut.” That’s absolutely not true. How would they know this? They don’t have a pair of binoculars to look inside someone’s GI tract and see what’s going on in there. It’s an assumption.
Here’s an interesting experiment. Take a probiotic that includes inulin or FOS for about ten to fourteen days. Then stop taking that one and switch over to probiotics on their own. In my opinion, in many cases, you’ll have much more comfortable GI functioning without the prebiotics added.
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If you want to include prebiotics in your diet, eat the whole foods that contain these sugars. You can find prebiotics in all sorts of foods, including green leafy vegetables, blueberries, asparagus, Brassica vegetables, and dark, black plums. These are excellent foods to eat.
Check out some of my other videos where I discuss prebiotics. I don’t really recommend taking them as supplements. They’re just going to create a problem. But as part of whole, healthy foods, I’m a big fan of prebiotics.