How do I balancing gut flora? (Too many probiotics?)

Answered on May 25, 2014
Created May 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

In my search to heal a 2 year long battle with cystic acne, I finally had someone suggest to me: "Maybe its a result of too much probiotic?" This baffled me because every piece of advice I have taken in has been to "take more probiotic!" .

I gave it a try. Three weeks ago I stopped taking my probiotic supplement (I used to take daily) and cut out other natural sources and I have since experienced about a 60% reduction in acne. Wow.

My question now is: how do I balance my gut flora back to normal? Do I still have too much probiotic inside? If it was purely the probiotics causing the acne (which I think it was, I realized I had never had acne BEFORE taking the supplement), how long would it take for gut flora to regulate?

Thanks for any help!

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on May 25, 2014
at 12:30 AM

Why did you start taking the probiotics? What kind? What dose?

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on May 23, 2014
at 06:24 AM

Supplemented probiotics don't remain in the body. Once you stop taking them, they quickly leave the body.

You say the probiotics may be the culprit for your acne. But the big question is why did you start taking probiotics ?

Depending on the severity of your gut flora imbalance, you could just follow a paleo diet or give the GAPS diet a try for a few weeks. Some folks have good results with the addition of resistant starch in their diet. Lots of ressources here!

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