Is It Recommended To Take Probiotics Every Day?
Taking probiotics daily is generally safe and recommended because they can offer several health benefits. Probiotics, particularly strains like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, have been shown to be safe for healthy adults and can be taken regularly.
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are types of beneficial bacteria commonly used as probiotics to support gut health and overall well-being.
Some people should avoid taking probiotics, and it's advisable to consult with a doctor before starting any probiotic regimen.
Consistency in taking probiotics daily, if recommended by a healthcare professional, may be effective in promoting digestive health, better immunity, and even mental health.
Why Take Probiotics Every Day?
The first reason for taking probiotics every day is that they are not a quick fix. It can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to start noticing the health benefits that probiotics have. This is because it takes time for probiotics to decrease pathogenic bacteria, increase good bacteria and reduce inflammation in the gut.
The second reason for taking probiotics every day is that daily life factors can negatively affect probiotic colonies in the gut. Humans do not produce probiotic bacteria by themselves thus daily probiotic supplementation is a good idea. Probiotics are unlikely to remain in the gut for more than 1-3 weeks after consumption is stopped.
Can You Overdose On Probiotics?
You cannot overdose on probiotic supplements if you are in good health. Overdose refers to the ingestion or administration of a substance in a quantity that exceeds the recommended or safe therapeutic dose, often resulting in harmful or toxic effects. To avoid taking too many probiotics in a day, follow the probiotic manufacturer's recommended daily dose.
In healthy individuals taking too many probiotics, every day may lead too symptoms like Gas Diarrhea, Bloating, and abdominal discomfort. Probiotics are not recommended for individuals with serious medical conditions, severely immunosuppressed individuals, those with specific medical conditions, or those under certain medical care.
Can You Take Probiotics Every Other Day?
It is safe and still beneficial to take probiotics every other day. Here is a suggested daily routine for taking probiotics every other day in the graphic below.
Repeat this cycle in the above graphic every other day, alternating between taking the probiotic supplement in the morning and evening. Remember to follow the recommended serving size and take it with water or a meal as directed.
Signs Your Probiotic Is Working
Signs that probiotics are working for you may include less stomach pain, more regular bowel movements, reduced bloating, improved sleep quality, better mood, and mental clarity, and a decrease in vaginal infections. The effectiveness of probiotics can vary depending on the specific strains and individuals.
Dr. Sara Mesilhy has a Master’s degree in Gastroenterology and holds a membership with the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Cairo University and is currently part of the ProbioticReviewGirl medical team.