What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you - they help support gut and digestive health.
But what happens to your body when you take a probiotic? When you take probiotics, you’re adding more good bugs to your system. “the probiotics are like good cops” – Robert Rountree, M.D.
A healthy gut microbiome can enhance immune functioning, manage bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and even support mood because of the gut-brain connection.
Functional medicine doctor Amy Shah M.D. says probiotics will metabolize differently for everybody since the bacteria is literally alive. The longer you take them, the more diverse your microbiome becomes and the stronger your immune system becomes.
How do you know if it’s working?
Sometimes probiotics can be effective right away but sometimes it takes weeks to see results – everybody varies. However, if the probiotic is working properly… you’ll know. The effects should be noticeable in how you’re feeling.
Probiotics are meant to help with bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort and constipation, but can also help with less fatigue, less brain fog, more energy, and more tolerant of certain foods.
Potential side effects? It’s certainly possible to see some negative side effects before reaping the benefits, such as gas or bloating in the first week or two, since you’re introducing a new bacteria to your ecosystem. If these side effects continue on, please speak with your physician as lasting effects may be indicative of existing health conditions like Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Our in-house Gut Health Expert Nutritionist is also available for a free 15-min phone consultation.
What if you stop taking it?
When you stop taking probiotics for a minimum of 3 days, your microbiome will change drastically – your body will likely revert to its original state before you began taking probiotics.