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Probiotic Therapy - who has taken super high doses of probiotics and noticed improvements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I've always been a bit skeptical about supplemental probiotics and their ability populate the gut and produce good results. I've seen some studies that indicate they actually do work. But also know of practitioners that say even after extensive antibiotic use, the gut has a "reserve" and is able to repopulate itself.

I often wonder if my health issues began due to extensive antibiotic use for my chronic ear infections as a child. A nutritionist I talked to about 2 years ago seemed to think so. I recently read an article that specifically mentioned chronic problems resulting from the antibiotics used to treat ear infections. Here's the link: http://healthychild.com/consequences-of-excessive-antibiotic-use

I've had some improvements with my muscle wasting, IBS, and fatigue since staying consistent with some really high-quality supplements. But I don't feel I've addressed the root of the issue which may be gut dysbiosis.

I want to experiment with VSL#3 but first wanted to hear from some of you guys. Any good results with super dosing on probiotics?

Thanks!

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:59 AM

Have you tried coconut milk kefir?: http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/coconut-milk-yogurts/original-yogurt-beverage I remember that being a good one. Not that I'm saying you should forgo probiotic pills or anything. Just that, as someone with angry intestines myself, I can understand wanting to attack it from as many angles as possible :)

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Great, thanks for your input. I've heard that Klaire Labs is another good quality one.

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Yes, raw sauerkraut pretty regularly and the occasional kamboucha. I've tried kefir in the past, but dairy seems to be an issue right now.

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I have.

In 2009 I had some GI issues including mild leaky gut as well as several courses of anti-biotics in my life and so my practitioner at the time advised that I do what he called a "full restoration". I had already been taking what I thought was pretty high doses of pro-biotics but I took his advice and it helped me a lot.

For 2 weeks I took one packet of VSL3 twice per day (that is 450bill x 2)

Then I did 60 days of one packet per day

Then I switched to Klaire Labs TheraBiotic as my GI testing showed I was lower than optimal in a couple of the Bifidus strains.

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Great, thanks for your input. I've heard that Klaire Labs is another good quality one.

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on August 02, 2012
at 08:35 PM

I haven't tried super high doses of probiotics, but I've noticed a reduction in bloating and diarrhea when I've taken Benebiotics (24 billion CFUs) and my husband has seen a decrease in acid reflux.

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on August 02, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I think I've had more success with fermented foods than I have with probiotic pills. Have you tried fermented foods at all?

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Yes, raw sauerkraut pretty regularly and the occasional kamboucha. I've tried kefir in the past, but dairy seems to be an issue right now.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 03, 2012
at 03:59 AM

Have you tried coconut milk kefir?: http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/coconut-milk-yogurts/original-yogurt-beverage I remember that being a good one. Not that I'm saying you should forgo probiotic pills or anything. Just that, as someone with angry intestines myself, I can understand wanting to attack it from as many angles as possible :)

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