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Should I take a probiotic supplement if I don't have digestive issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2010 at 4:26 AM

Are probiotic supplements crucial for paleo folks? What can I expect if I take them? I am already taking Vit D, Magnesium, and krill oil.

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I should add, my digestion is good and I have never noticed any changes from consuming probiotics. The exception is that when I used to consume milk, I did notice the cosumption of kefir improved my ability to digest milk. But now, I just don't drink milk. (only prob was with straight milk, not with cheese or the like)

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on October 23, 2010
at 05:01 PM

If you digestion is 100%, you probably don't need them, but how do you know your digestion is a 100% if you haven't tried them. It's like people who think they feel fine before they try cutting the gluten and then experience a whole new level of well-being.

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on October 23, 2010
at 07:06 AM

My answer is Yes and No. I don't think you need a probiotic supplement per say but you should have somewhere in your diet addressed a source of fermented/bacterial sources/foods. Most traditional cultures have a fermented food item they regularly eat, and we know that our ancestors would have had much more bacterial exposure than we get daily, so I think it does need to be addressed in some respect to fully emulate the metabolic milieu

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on October 23, 2010
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No, I don't think probiotics are crucial. If your gut flora and digestion are already healthy, the best thing you can do is to further nurture that healthy environment by eating healthy in general. But all that flora you would be ingesting is already in your gut anyway. So you would just be eating more of what you already have, and if your digestion is already good, you probably don't have any major imbalances in the gut flora environment. So I would not go out of my way to ingest probiotics if I were you. Put that money on buying some good grassfed beef or something. But on the flip side, if something tastes good and you like it, and it happens to be a probiotic, then you may was well enjoy it!

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on October 23, 2010
at 04:57 AM

I should add, my digestion is good and I have never noticed any changes from consuming probiotics. The exception is that when I used to consume milk, I did notice the cosumption of kefir improved my ability to digest milk. But now, I just don't drink milk. (only prob was with straight milk, not with cheese or the like)

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