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Does a probiotic stop working?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I used to have small digestion issues when I went from vegan to paleo, so I started taking acidophilus. Recently, though, it stopped working. I'm having small constipation issues again. I eat 200g of fat every day, drink plenty of water, 30-35g fiber daily and drink aloe vera juice.

Is it possible that my probiotic has improved my gut flora and isn't powerful enough anymore? Or is there a more credible explanation?

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on July 12, 2011
at 03:15 PM

by doc I mean document...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 12, 2011
at 03:13 PM

Robb Wolf has discussed some potential gut-irritating lectins in green beans. Either way, I'd just try some different forms of fermentables substrates, such as starches, seaweed, fruit, different green vegetables. I have a doc I'm working on with dif types of fiber but it's not done yet.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 12, 2011
at 03:12 PM

uh, there are plenty of studies showing they are effective! Do a search in google scholar.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Yep, I even started supplementing 300mgx2 magnesium citrate every day.

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:38 PM

no, there is no mold in either of them.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:49 PM

I'm allergic to mold, would the sauerkraut/kimchi be a bad idea?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:48 PM

Tried that :), didn't help...

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Ditch the probiotic supps. There is no study showing any effectiveness whatsoever by the way. Eating fermented veg is a much easier, cheaper route to take. Have maybe 4-6 ounces of sauerkraut, kimchi, etc every evening with dinner. Just make it a daily thing. It'll heal you up terrifically. Tremendously effective, really.

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I eat mostly broccoli, spinach and green beans as vegetables...

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on July 12, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Lactobacillus acidophilus usually lives in the small intestine, so you might try other bacteria like bifidobacteria that live in the colon. Constipation can indicate too little variety in gut flora.

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on July 12, 2011
at 11:13 PM

do you need to drink more water?

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 12, 2011
at 12:12 PM

What kind of fiber? I think the answer lies there. Some types of fiber promote healthy gut flora, some just irritate the gut. It varies for each person. Then there are non-fiber foods that do just as good a job of promoting healthy gut function, like resistant starches which you can get from plantains and some other starchy veg.

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I eat mostly broccoli, spinach and green beans as vegetables...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 12, 2011
at 03:15 PM

by doc I mean document...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on July 12, 2011
at 03:13 PM

Robb Wolf has discussed some potential gut-irritating lectins in green beans. Either way, I'd just try some different forms of fermentables substrates, such as starches, seaweed, fruit, different green vegetables. I have a doc I'm working on with dif types of fiber but it's not done yet.

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Are you getting enough magnesium?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Yep, I even started supplementing 300mgx2 magnesium citrate every day.

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:44 PM

Could it be that you need a fresh bottle of probiotics? try getting the same brand or different and see if it works starting with a new batch.....

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 12, 2011
at 12:48 PM

Tried that :), didn't help...

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