March 23, 2010
Because you have been taking probiotics for 15 years, you may not have noticed how they were "working." Probiotics help to improve the balance of gut bacteria, which can have many far-reaching beneficial health effects. Relief of digestive discomfort, and support of natural defenses are the main benefits of probiotics. When taking a higher dose of probiotics, you may notice these effects are even greater. With age, bifidobacteria levels decline, so replenishing them with probiotics helps to maintain intestinal balance.
As with any medications, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist about any interactions of probiotics with medications.
I have taken acidophilus (about 15 b) for years – probably 25. And I never did notice any actual effects on my body or it's functions when I began taking it. Now, I am taking much higher doses of acidophilus ( 80 b in UltimateFlora Critical Colon and 50 b in Ultimate Flora Vaginal Support) and am wondering what effects I should expect or see as a result. I mean, will I have more bowel movements or will they be different in consistency? Will I have more energy? Will I be able to sleep better or longer? Or will I instead, have so much energy that it will disrupt my sleep patterns?
I am post-menopausal, do not take HRP (I'm prone to blood clots so NO estrogen of any sort – not even soy products or natural phyto-estrogens) and I have mild ulcerative colitis, for which I have been taking no medication (due to an allergic reaction) but will soon be taking a new colitis medication called Lialda (mesalamine). Since I don't know what to expect from the acidophilus before taking the new colitis meds, it seems that if I have any reaction to the colitis meds, I won't know if it's the mesalamine or the acidophilus.
I also have asthma, for which I weaned myself off all medication about 3 months ago. I currently take levothyroxine (.88) for hypothyrhoidism and 40mg of simvastatin for high cholesterol. I take no other prescription meds and very few OTC drugs, i.e. pain killers or antacids, etc.
I do not eat wheat, flours or sugar (except in fruit) and I eat only chicken, turkey or fish for protein. For grains, I eat brown rice and occasionally Basmati rice and/or brown rice cakes. Occasionally I eat plain, no fat yogurt and hard boiled eggs. I eat no ther dairy products – no milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, etc. Usually I eat egg white omelettes with stir-fried veggies for breakfast and fish or fowl with a salad for lunch and dinner. My downfall is not enough exercise. I live in a very snowy climate and the YMCA is 50 miles away. So I don't go as often as I need to nor do I feel "safe" walking outside in the snow.
I don't mean to go on and on but I know that everything can affect how our bodies process what we put in them.
I'd appreciate any feedback I can get about the effects of probiotics on my body and my "systems."
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