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So you want the health and beauty benefits of probiotics, but aren't sure how much is right for you? Find out how much is too much and what to do to make probiotics work for you.
Experiencing gas and bloating or other symptoms when you consume fermented foods and drinks?
How can you tell if your symptoms are part of the natural cleansing process or if you've had too much? This article will explain the guidelines for identifying how to get the most of your healing fermented foods and drinks...and when you've had too much.
Probiotics literally means "for life." Probiotics are the healthymicroflora (beneficial bacterial and yeast) that live in your intestines, keeping you healthy and strong. When you have plenty of healthy microflora in your gut, you have a healthy inner ecosystem.
Unfortunately, most people have an imbalance between healthy microflora and pathogenic microorganisms, setting the stage for illness and disease. Candida albicans is just one example and researchers at Rice University estimate that 70% of Americans have candida.
Probiotics are powerful invisible microorganisms that go a long way to turning your digestive and immune health around. In fact, in the conference at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology Georgetown University Medical Center in 1999, Dr. Michael McCann, MD said:
"Probiotics will be to medicine in the twenty-first century as antibiotics and microbiology were in the twentieth century."1
The first thing you may notice is that these "good guys" go to work cleaning up your digestive system, so symptoms like gas and bloating are common at first.
Leonard Smith, M.D., is a renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and general surgeon as well as an expert in the use of nutrition and natural supplementation. As a surgeon, Dr. Smith has first-hand experience of the problems associated with faulty digestion and the surgical necessities they can cause.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Smith has investigated many holistic medical programs, including nutrition, exercise, chelation, stress management and the relevance of mental and spiritual attitudes in healing. Acknowledging the effectiveness of whole organic foods and nutritional supplementation, Dr. Smith strives to stay on the leading edge of research and breakthroughs in the field of functional nutrition.
Fermented foods and drinks have many benefits for your internal health and external beauty, so it's no surprise that we are eager to add them to our diet.
However, it is possible to get too much of any good thing. This is a common mistake, especially in the beginning. On a quest to heal, you may end up consuming too much fermented foods and drinks.
Probiotics were once used only for complementary medicine, but they are beginning to get recognition in mainstream medicine today. They are generally thought to be safe and while more studies need to be done, researchers believe you cannot get too much.2
However, I believe you CAN have too much probiotics and your body will let you know. You can also get tested, which I outline below.
If you have uncomfortable diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating or other symptoms, back off for awhile or reduce the amount you are consuming, then build up slowly.
You may experience symptoms of "die off," as the "bad guys" (candida, pathogenic bacteria and parasites) die and leave your body. These symptoms can include digestive pain like gas and bloating, headaches, flu-like symptoms and skin eruptions.
Eventually, you can work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal or possibly, as a between-meal snack.
Most people will thrive on fermented foods and drinks and studies show that there are no negative effects from taking them. However, according to Dr. Timothy Buie, MD (pediatric gastroenterologist), about 15% of people with autism (and maybe the general population) can't tolerate any type of probiotic supplements.3
If you don't tolerate probiotics, it could be that you are already "over-fermenting" in your digestive tract.
This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria and yeast.
If you are over-fermenting, you'd experience digestive upset from taking probiotics, particularly gas and bloating. While a little gas is good, too much is not healthy and it would be best to stop taking them until you have repaired your digestive tract.
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Watch your body with any prebiotic (onions, for example), however, because it could also cause you to ferment too much if your body is overridden with pathogenic bacteria and yeast. If you experience the symptoms, like gas and bloating, with a prebiotic as you do with probiotics, you can back off and add it later as your inner ecosystem heals.
Probiotics are an excellent way to create lasting health and as you incorporate them into your diet, remember Body Ecology's principle of uniqueness.
Finding a good health care practitioner who can support your natural healing process is a great way to get the support you need. And above all, we are all unique, so listen to your body's signals when trying any new food or supplement.
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