March 23, 2010
Because it's not clear what is causing this issue for you, I'm sure it's hard to know how to proceed. But staying on higher potency probiotics for a while as your symptoms improve, then scaling back is a good strategy for continued intestinal health. FloraSmart 24 Billion would be a great choice because of it's shelf stability but you could also take our other encapsulated probiotics like the Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion . That's a great formula and it's specific to colon issues. Although it's not shelf stable, it is guaranteed to contain at least its 80 Billion cultures through time of expiration (approximately 2 years) if kept at or below 73 degrees fahrenheit. So it may be worth it to you to take it with you on your trip, if you can be sure to keep it around room temperature.
As far as the difference in the probiotic strains in the different formulas, I wouldn't think that it would present a problem at all, but the only way to know is to try it and see.
Making decisions concerning dosing and time frame will largely depend on your symptoms and how you're feeling. You may benefit from the guidance of a natural practitioner. Many alternative medicine practitioners know about probiotics and can assist you and help monitor your progress.
Good luck and thanks for chosing our products.
... though there is a small chance of giardia which the tests have missed.
I should add that I just looked further into the giardia possibility and now think it's almost totally ruled out. A standard lab test failed to detect it as did a test from Metametrix. I've just learned that that latter is supposed to be 100% accurate in detecting giardia. So...
I'm a 53 y.o. male who's been using Ultimate Flora Super Critical to overcome a somewhat mysterious intestinal issue that began five months ago. The symptoms have been intermittent diarrhea and excess gas and stomach/gut churning. A colonoscopy and stool tests have not identified a clear cause. My best guess at this time is that I somehow developed a dysbiosis, though there is a small chance of giardia which the tests have missed. Stress induced IBS is possible too.
At any rate, I've found that the Super Critical, at the standard dose, largely stops the diarrhea. And it turns out that a double dose (400 billion CFUs) per day, it completely stops it, though a bit of excess gas remains. Just yesterday I went to a triple dose for the first time to see if it had any effect on the gas. It's too early to tell, but I think it did help.
I'm planning to stay at this high dose for a week, then gradually reduce it over the rest of the month. Does that sound like a reasonable plan? Another other question is this: I'm planning a week long trip for later in the month. At that point I'll be down to around 100 billion CFUs per day. Since it doesn't require refrigeration, I thought I would then transition to your FloraSMART 24 billion (x4/day). But I notice the proportions of probiotic strains in it are somewhat different from those in the Super Critical. Do you think that would present much problem? or is it hard to know as it's hard to tell which strains are helping me the most at this time? If I'd best stay on the Super Critical I can just cancel the trip. It's not as important as returning to good health.
Finally, if my symptoms return as I'm scaling back the dose, does that mean I'm starting over at square one, or do I just nudge the dose back up for a while and keep tinkering with it? That is, how do I best make decisions concerning dosing and time frame? (I haven't yet found a doctor who knows enough about probiotics to offer much guidance.)
Thanks for any help!
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