Supplements are not something you can pop anytime you want and expect them to be harmless. Many supplements can create serious problems for people when taken incorrectly. If you take supplements in ridiculously high doses, as part of crazy combinations, or for longer than they are needed, you could find yourself feeling quite sick.
In my option, taking supplements, especially good quality ones, is no different than taking pharmaceutical medications. You need good advice and to be careful about what you’re doing. It’s easy to do the wrong thing.
More than half the people I see waste their money on probiotics. They take them when they don’t need to take them. They take too many or not enough, or they take them for the wrong amount of time.
I cannot tell you how many people we’ve tested and found no beneficial bacteria growth in the gut. I’ve seen this with very expensive probiotics and very cheap ones. Even after a year of taking probiotics, no build-up of beneficial bacteria had occurred.
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Other clients taking probiotics already have a high beneficial bacteria count in their stool. Beneficial bacteria readily colonize their gut. Clients like this will rarely if ever, need a probiotic.
How do you know if you’re the type of person who doesn’t need probiotics? The only way you’ll know is through stool testing. You can get a standalone microbiology panel done to assess the levels of beneficial and harmful bacteria in your gut.
Taking too many probiotics can cause excessive gas, bloating, and digestive problems. If you get bloating and you feel sick on a probiotic, stop it entirely for two to three weeks to see what happens. And generally, if there is a connection between the probiotics and your symptoms, the symptoms will subside markedly. When the symptoms drop right off, start the probiotic again.
When you start the probiotics again, take one capsule per day. Stay at that dose for several weeks to see if the same side effects return. If they do, stop the probiotic again, and wait for three to six months before doing another trial. Consider trying a different probiotic in case the first one wasn’t high enough quality.
Probiotic capsules that also include prebiotics can leave you feeling sick. Check to see if your probiotic supplements contain any FOS, inulin, or other sugars meant to feed the beneficial bacteria.
Prebiotics can end up feeding harmful bacteria and lead to SIBO. That’s why I’m no longer a fan of combining probiotics and prebiotics. I’ve seen far too many side effects of prebiotics with my clients.
Check out my formulation, CanXida Restore. Restore is a clever blend of digestive enzymes and probiotics put together specifically for SIBO, Candida, and intestinal parasites. CanXida Restore works beautifully for most people. The digestive enzymes ensure digestion is optimized, which reduces fermentation and bloating. I discovered how important it is to include digestive enzymes with probiotics about ten years ago. I noticed that when I combined both the supplements, I got a better outcome. Then, when I created a supplement with both probiotics and digestive enzymes in the same capsule, I got even better results.