Forever Active Probiotic®
ProBiotic Side Effects
OK. You really want to know if taking probiotics has side effects? Yes, there are side effects. The first side effect might be disappointment and the second side effect could be joy! This may sound facetious but frankly, we should all take better care of our gut.
Research on the internet has found:
“Fortunately, the side effects of probiotics, if there are any, are mild and relatively healthy people will have no problem dealing with them. Some reports state that abdominal pain can be felt after using probiotic supplements."
"The mild pain may be due to increased gas production in the colon. This happens when helpful bacteria begin to multiply in the digestive tract."
"Increased bacterial activity in the intestines produces a lot of gas. In time, the gas product will decrease and everything will normalise. By then, levels of beneficial bacteria in the intestines will have already increased and non-helpful bacteria will be suppressed by the activity of the helpful bacteria."
"In some cases, the introduction of potent probiotics may also cause increased stimulation of the human immune system, which brings a host of problems. This occurs when a person’s immune system is too sensitive to bacterial activity."
"The introduction of probiotic supplements can also cause chemical reactions and metabolic activities that may not necessarily be healthy or beneficial. If malaise occurs after probiotic supplementation, it’s best to stop your regimen and consult with your doctor first before continuing."
"Important note: Using probiotics can cause bacterial infections that may have to be treated later on with antibiotic drugs. Though ironic, this is a fact that you may have to contend with if you have a compromised immune system or if you are of advanced age.”
You will be disappointed if the food or the supplement that you ingest doesn’t have any effect and you will be highly delighted if it does. However, there have been some cases of people reporting having a headache when starting to change their diet or to take probiotic supplements. Consult your doctor or physician to see if the two are related. To most people, this might appear normal.
There have been concerns that costly probiotic supplements may not be any more effective than the live probiotics found in foods like yogurt.** Some foods are very effective as probiotic supplements in promoting digestive health. Naturally occurring probiotics are thought to be more likely to survive harsh stomach acids than those in supplemental form. In addition, probiotics tend to be expensive if used on a long-term basis. Compare information on the bottle or packet carefully to insure the presence of an adequate number of micro-organisms and if refrigeration is needed.
One hears the term Prebiotics and Probiotic and there may be some confusion as to what the two terms mean exactly. Whenever we talk about live cultures in food, yoghurt** is the one that comes to mind. A scout round the internet reveals a bigger picture.
Prebiotics usually refers to dietary supplements that contain nutrients that serve as food for certain bacteria in our digestive system. Probiotics are usually freeze dried bacteria in amounts likely to remain viable in our digestive tract which, aid digestion.
Some examples of foods that contain Prebiotics are onions, garlic and Jerusalem Artichokes. **Shop bought Yogurt may no longer contain live healthy Probiotic bacteria cultures because they have been destroyed during the manufacturing process. However, the discerning market demands live cultures in yogurt so, suppliers emphasis the nature of their product on the packaging and these yogurts are sold at a premium.
Some probiotic products require refrigeration. Refrigeration ensures the maximum potency and stability. Even so, there is generally a 2-4% decrease in the bacterial count by month so, fresh consumption is best.
A summary of the advantages of consuming both pre and probiotics are:
Probiotics help your digestion
Probiotics enhance your nutrient absorption
Probiotics strengthen your immune system
Probiotics help fight vaginal & urinary tract infections particularly important during pregnancy and birth. Babies born vaginally receive their first exposure to microbes during delivery. The vaginal tract contains microflora that are ingested by the baby as it comes down the birth canal.
**Yogurt is also linked to strengthening the cardiovascular system so, there is a double imperative to consume some yogurt, the best yogurt, every day.
Probiotics help break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats and can help decrease gas, bloating and constipation plus, more efficient digestion helps food move out of your stomach quicker. That means less chance of acid rising up in to your throat which, is called an acid reflux.
Why is it important to ensure that you are getting enough pre and probiotic?
80% of your immune system is in your gut. The beneficial bacteria that line your intestines fight off dangerous invaders you ingest plus, resisting illnesses means less need for medications and their side effects which, if you were pregnant, can travel through the placenta and be ingested by your baby too.
As probiotics themselves are quite fragile, one product Forever Active Probiotic uses an exclusive, patented encapsulation technology that protects the probiotics then releases a unique combination of six beneficial strains of microbes only after they reach the desired destination of the intestines. The probiotics in Forever Active Probiotic®
are derived from Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera; the species are:
Forever Active Probiotic®
is the only shelf-stable, 6-strain probiotic on the market today that requires no refrigeration. And what’s great about Forever Active Probiotic is that it works in tandem with our patented aloe vera. Aloe acts as a “prebiotic,” which fosters the growth of and provides the ideal environment for the probiotic to function.
So whether your goal is to promote a healthy digestive system or enhance nutrient absorption and immune function, add
Forever Active Probiotic®
to your daily supplement program
To be effective, the probiotics in food products have to be incorporated in such a way that they are not harmed in the manufacturing process. Typical dog food pellets, for example, undergo a heating process that can kill probiotics - making them useless. Just because it says probiotic on the label does not necessarily mean there are effective levels present in the food. And so with yogurt.
Suppliers of organic yogurt usually understand this and ensure that the active substances remain in suspension. You should look to see if the maker claims to have "Active" probiotic in the pot. The side effect of eating yogurt that does not have active probiotic ingredients is that you are simply wasting your money.
Side Effects Summary
Changing diet can, in certain circumstances, cause a headache or an excess of intestinal gas
Pasteurisation may destroy the active ingredients so, you would be wasting your money buying these products for their PreBiotic value
When you think that you are buying probiotic rich foods, you may not be and you are wasting your money. Make a careful check
A balanced diet makes you feel better and live longer and supplements are no substirute. Probiotics are supplements
The digestive system greatly benefits from the use of probiotic supplements
Available from fresh foods
Available from dietary supplements
Probiotics help fight Candida
Natural probiotics are better to treat IBS than Zelnorm and Lotronex
Different types of probiotics are available, and what may help one condition may not necessarily aid another
There have been concerns that costly probiotic supplements may not be any more effective than the live probiotics found in foods like yogurt. Some foods are very effective as probiotic supplements in promoting digestive health. Naturally occurring probiotics are thought to be more likely to survive harsh stomach acids than those in supplemental form. In addition, probiotics can tend to be expensive if used on a long-term basis. Compare information on the bottle carefully to insure adequate number of micro-organisms and if refrigeration is needed.
Probiotic and Babies