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Adverse Effects of Probiotics

Probiotics is defined as “the use of specific strains of microorganisms to encourage a healthy proliferation of beneficial microorganisms in humans.” Probiotics is by no means a human invention because humans have been benefiting from probiotics since the beginning of time.

In adequate amounts, specific strains of bacteria have been known to help infants and adults overcome certain health difficulties, such as constipation and even diarrhea.

Similar to other forms of medical care, probiotics does have its own set of risks. It is generally accepted in the medical community that most popular forms of probiotic supplements do not have extreme or adverse side effects. However, this does not mean that there are no side effects at all.

Noted side effects of probiotic supplementation

In some cases, there might be some degree of bloating or increased gas production inside the digestive tract. This increased gas production is attributed to the proliferation of the beneficial bacteria inside the digestive tract, which produces gases. Though the bloating may be uncomfortable, it does not pose a threat to anyone’s health.

  1. A very small segment of the population (about one in every one million people) becomes more susceptible for bacteria when probiotic supplementation is used.
  2. In a few isolated cases, endocarditis caused by lactobacilli strains has been reported. These cases are too few to be used as a general basis for the safety of probiotic supplements.
  3. Probiotic supplementation may cause liver abscesses in individuals who have very low immune responses, or who may have undergone major surgical operations.
  4. Individuals with venous catheterizations are also at risk for sepsis if a lactobacilli strain proliferates unchecked.
  5. It appears that people with pancreatitis are at higher risk for complications if probiotics is used alongside traditional treatments.

In medicine, probiotics is usually used to stimulate the digestive and immune systems of infants who do not have beneficial bacteria in their bodies. Native beneficial bacteria in the body help fend off harmful microorganisms and also help in the digestive process. Excess of any kind disturbs the natural balance inside the body, and that’s when disease starts.

If you are immunosuppressed, you must speak with your doctor before you start on any probiotic supplementation. This applies especially to individuals who are taking immunosuppressant medication for other medical conditions.

People who are relatively healthy should not worry about the adverse effects of probiotics because more often than not, there are no notable adverse effects. Unless you are allergic to dairy (probiotics are usually added to dairy products such as cheese and skim milk) you won’t have to worry about bloating and excess gas.

If one type of probiotic supplementation does not work for you, then your best option is to try another type of probiotic supplement. By supplement we’re talking about milk products and even kefir or yeast-derived probiotic beverages (either from milk or just water). A world of choices await the individual who wishes to boost his or her digestive system naturally with beneficial bacteria.

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