6 Types Of People Who Should Not Take Probiotics
Even though I run a blog called Probiotic Review Girl and can attest personally to the benefits probiotics have given me. Morally I have to say that Probiotic's are not for everyone.
Some types of people should do prior research before taking probiotic supplements and at least one type of person should avoid probiotics at all costs.
1) People With Illness or Immuno Compromised
This is without a doubt the far most important type of person I will list in this guide. If you are currently severely ill or have a damaged immune system DO NOT TAKE PROBIOTICS under any circumstances. If you do phone 911 immediately. Probiotic usage in immuno compromised individuals can lead to serious bacterial or fungal infections according to a 2017 review. Don't take probiotics a long with Anti Fungal medicine either and always consult with your Doctor first with any medical complaints. (1)
2) People Allergic to Gluten, Eggs, Soy & Dairy
Technically people with allergies can take many different probiotic supplements but you need to be diligent and do proper research before ingesting anything. Always contact the manufacturer of any probiotic supplement you are buying to make sure it is free from your allergen. A reputable company will have laboratory report they can share with you. When eating fermented foods it's always best to make your own to be 100% certain over what ingredients are included. Live Conscious Pro 45 is free from most major allergens and is a good option.
3) People Taking Antibiotic's
There is sufficient evidence to confirm that taking a course of Antibiotic's can deplete your microbiome of all of its good bacteria. It isn't possible to only remove the bad bacteria causing infection and leaving the good bacteria. For this reason some people use Probiotics after antibiotic usage to replenish their microflora again with billions of good bacteria. There are some studies that suggest certain Probiotic bacteria may contain antibiotic resistant genes although more studies are needed. If you want to be safe then make sure to take Probiotics after your course of antibiotics are complete. (2)
5) Healthy People
This may sound strange but the microbiome is incredibly diverse and disruption the microbiota homeostasis could lead to things like Dysbiosis which is essentially an imbalance in the gut bacteria. Symptoms of Dysbiosis include digestive symptoms, fatigue, trouble urinating, acid reflux, gas, bloating and more. Probiotics tend to benefits those originally lacking good probiotic bacteria either from antibiotic usage or a sustained unhealthy diet. Always take probiotics slowly and see how you adjust. Contact your Doctor immediately if you experience in side effects.
6) People Who Are Vegan
There are probiotic foods that vegans can eat like Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso and Tempeh provided they don't use fish sauce or soy sauce. There are also many probiotic supplements that you can take but you have to be careful to check the ingredients thoroughly. Probiotic supplements could state they don't gelatine or dairy but they could contain something like L-Leucine which may not sound sinister but it is in fact made from duck feathers. Vegan's should be diligent when sourcing probiotics and also reach out the manufacturer's before making a purchase.
Probiotic Side Effects
Most people will experience some minor side effects when taking probiotics and this isn't usually cause for concern. It could just be your gut adjusting to the new good bacteria.
Not everyone will experience these side effects but you should prepare yourself for them in advance. (3)
As you can see probiotic's are generally safe for the vast majority of people provided you do prior research and first consult with your doctors.
Probiotics may have minor digestive side effects but they have been clinically studied and shown to be safe. Always make sure to purchase probiotics from a FDA, GMP and licensed company.
If you experience any side effects at all then discontinue use immediately and talk to your doctor asap. This guide is not medical advice and probiotics should not be used as a replacement to medicine prescribed by your Doctor. I am not a Doctor.