Essentially, you should NOT consider taking a probiotic if you:
- Have no digestive issues
- Have stable thyroid levels
- Are not dealing with infections
- Have a good immune system
- Eat and tolerate carbohydrates
Additionally, you should avoid taking a probiotic if you are on immunosuppressant treatments or chemotherapy (unless otherwise advised by your physician).
There are two main types of probiotics, which include:
- Fungal, and
You should be taking a fungal probiotic (what we call Saccharomyces Boulardii) if you:
- Are taking an antibiotic
- Take oral contraceptives or hormone replacement
- Are travelling and prone to travellers’ diarrhea
- Have unexplained or infectious diarrhea
You should use a dosage containing 10 billion viable organisms, once daily. It can even be taken with or without food, and you can learn more about our recommended product SaccB Support by clicking here (Click Here: Learn About SaccB Support).
Considering a bacterial probiotic (such as L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, L. Rhamnosus, L Paracasei, B. Lactis, B. Bifidum) if you have:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Airborne allergies
You’ll need to use one capsule, containing 100 billion viable organisms, once daily. It can also be taken before or with meals, but not 15-90 minutes after meals.
I typically recommend the UltraBiotic100. You can order it by clicking the link (Click Here: Learn More About UltraBiotic100).
Remember this, though, that you should not take a bacterial probiotic within three days of having your thyroid antibodies tested (it may falsely elevate your levels).
Overall, fungal and bacterial probiotics each fulfill a certain role (and they can even be taken together if your situation calls for it). That said, probiotics are safe but they may cause gas and bloating as your flora adapts to the change.
Now that you know the basics, I hope it helps you make the right decision for your health. As we expand on the topic of probiotics, let’s dive a bit deeper into the science and the details on whether you should be taking a daily probiotic.