You’ve heard the news about probiotics. You know all the great things they can do for your health. Not only are they good for digestive problems, but they can also work wonders for fighting infections and booting your immune system. But how should you take them? Every day? Only if you’re sick? What are the possible side effects?
These are good questions. The answers depends on several factors including your current health, whether you’re pregnant or nursing and your age. Fortunately, most people can take some form of probiotics. And taking probiotics while practicing food combining is a winning combination that promotes optimal wellness for all probiotics users.
Sources of probiotics include capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, and powders. Other food sources besides probiotic yogurt include buttermilk, fermented and unfermented milk, soy drinks, sauerkraut and different types of soft cheeses and pickles. It is best to get your probiotics from natural, i.e. food, sources if possible.
To get the most benefit from taking probiotics, they should be taken on a daily basis. You can take them two or even three times a day if desired. Follow the dosage directions on the label if you are taking supplements. Both natural and supplemental probiotics should be either taken with a meal or immediately after a meal. This helps to prevent the acid in the stomach from destroying them. Yogurt, sauerkraut or cheese containing probiotics may be eaten alone, but the risk of the probiotics being destroyed in the stomach will be less if these foods are eaten in combination with other foods.
If you miss a dose of probiotics, it is not necessary to “double up” on them the next day to make up for it. An exception to this is if you are taking an antibiotic. Take probiotics at least two hours after each dose of your antibiotic, with some food or shortly after eating. When the antibiotic regime is finished, double up on the probiotics for the next 10 days. This helps to replenish the “good” bacteria you lost from taking the antibiotic.
Side effects include allergic reactions, flatulence and abdominal distention. A type of heart muscle infection called endocarditis and antibiotic resistance are potential risks during probiotic use. Another side effect, known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction, can cause headache, gas and bloating. This condition is a sign that the probiotics are helping. If this occurs, decrease the amount of probiotics taken until the symptoms subside, then slowly build your intake back up. Children, people with immune disorders, pregnant and nursing women and the elderly should consult a doctor about taking probiotics.
One surprising fact that many people are unaware of is that it is advisable to eliminate processed foods with refined sugars if you take probiotics. The reason is that these sugars will weaken their effectiveness. If you are eating or drinking your probiotics naturally in milk, yogurt or cheese, there is something else you should be aware of. Eating dairy products, which contain protein, along with starchy vegetables and most fruits can cause its own side effects of bloating, gas or upset stomach. However, if you use the food combining system for eating, these problems will be a part of the past.
Food combining is more than just knowing what foods to eat with others. It is a method of eating that will help you banish a host of stomach problems for good. IBS, chronic diarrhea, heartburn, gas and abdominal bloating will all disappear, leaving you feeling better than ever. You’ll learn about eating proteins and acidic foods at different meals, because they produce digestive enzymes that cancel each other out. You’ll find out that eating fruits and starchy foods causes fruit digestion to slow down and your stomach to feel full of gas.
You will start feeling healthier in just 24 hours with food combining, and it only gets better from there. Use food combining in conjunction with your probiotics and you will be amazed at the difference you’ll feel and see when these two wellness strategies are used together.