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Can probiotics do more harm than good in a healthy gut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

After 7 years of IBS, I was able to cure my symptoms through switching to paleo, plenty of chicken stock, sauerkraut, Dr. O's probiotics and reducing/managing stress. That was a year ago. About a month ago I found some of my symptoms returning, but to a much lesser degree. The frustrating thing is my diet has not changed, but I've continued supplementing with the probiotic all this time. I take 1 first thing in the morning and one before bed. Do think that supplementing with probiotics can do more harm than good with a healthy gut?

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on July 09, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Dr. Osborne? Glutenfreesociety?

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on May 24, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Bubbies or make your own

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Nicely put, Ed!

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:53 PM

I use a live sauerkraut I get at my local health store. @hcantrall.....actually my stress levels have been at there all time low.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:51 PM

Is it possible that it isn't the probiotics? I mean, I used to have IBS as well which I believe for me anyway that it is mostly related to stress. My symptoms have been gone for several years now even before eating paleo but I when I am very stressed some symptoms return until I get myself under control again. I also take probiotics which is in my multivitamin but I don't feel that has caused any IBS symptoms to come back.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:47 PM

What type of sauerkraut or what recipe?

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:42 PM

If your gut is healthy, then probiotics are redundant. Healthy gut flora already include lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, which are found in probiotics.

The harm is to your wallet, not your gut.

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Nicely put, Ed!

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I think doing it naturally takes longer but is far smarter......I am not a probiotics fan but I do think some folks who can't go totally paleo need it

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on July 09, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I think the answer is that one really has to pay attention to what you digest, including supplements/whatever.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:22 PM

As someone who's used almost half a dozen brands of probiotics, I have to say, it's been ineffective. But I don't really suffer from IBS or IBD but constipation and autoimmunity (likely a leaky gut) that does not hamper me with severe digestive issues.

To be a smart consumer, you really have to do some research on which bacteria is likely to solve your condition. For me, I've zeroed in on those bacteria that would purportedly restore moisture to my colon and address my "dysbiosis". However, no result so far. I'm beginning to think perhaps my issue is not dysbiosis.

That doesn't mean I've given up: I'm willing to try some other brands. For example, Natren's Healthy Trinity, Dr. Ohira's, Bio-Kult recommended by the GAPS diet. However, these are all costly and you wanna give yourself enough time with them (1 month) so careful consideration is required.

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:36 AM

What about stress? IBS is very often not just diet...

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on May 24, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Are you sure that nothing in your diet has changed? Even small things such as too much of one spice can make a negative difference. I was starting to have stomach issues and googling around read that too much tumeric could cause it. I backed off of the tumeric and I was once again fine.

Also aloe vera juice can help an aggravated stomach. You can get a big jug of aloe vera juice from Trader Joes for $7.99.

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