Can long term use of probiotics be harmful?
Probiotics are safe for the majority of the population, but side effects can occur.
The most common side effects are a temporary increase in gas, bloating, constipation and thirst.
Some people can also react poorly to ingredients used in probiotic supplements or to naturally occurring amines in probiotic foods..
Do you have to take probiotics forever?
In other words, you need to keep taking the probiotic supplements for the effects to last. If you stop taking them, your gut bacteria are likely return to their pre-supplementation condition within one to three weeks. You may be able to get longer-lasting changes by “feeding the healthy bacteria”.
When should probiotics be taken?
Take just one dose of probiotics per day. Some people may experience loose stools in the first few days of taking probiotics, but this goes away. Taking probiotics at the end of a meal may help to reduce the symptoms.
What happens when you start taking probiotics?
When first using probiotics, some people experience gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Changes in the gut microbiota can result in bacteria producing more gas than usual, which can lead to bloating. However, these side effects usually clear up within a few days or weeks of taking the probiotics.