Interestingly, probiotics side effects mean that the good bacteria are working! If you notice any of the following side effects:
Assuming the adverse effect is relatively minor and does not persist for more than 14 days, then we should be celebrating these side effects! As stated on the box of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
Temporary reactions such as minor bloating or a mild laxative or constipating effect are signs that the beneficial bacteria are remodeling, detoxifying and improving the gut environment.
Also we should remember, that while these side effects are unpleasant, they are mild compared to those of many pharmaceutical drugs.
How To Counteract The Side Effects Of Probiotics
There are three ways to reduce the side effects of probiotics.
1. decrease the dosage
One possible way to reduce the side effects is to reduce the dosage. If you were taking two probiotic pills daily, try taking only one probiotic pill per day. As your body becomes accustomed to the lower dosage, then you can increase the dosage to higher levels. But taking too many probiotic CFUs too quickly may result in probiotic overdose.
2. stay hydrated
Water should help with all the side effects. This is because if you examine the list of side effects:
All of these side effects are ways your body detoxifies, or are signs that your body is having trouble detoxifying. And water is the ultimate detoxification agent. So to help you body detox, stay hydrated!
3. give your body time to adjust
Taking probiotics can kill tons of bad bacterium, replacing them with the good. This can be quite a shock to our body! So give it at least two weeks of feeling the side effects. At that point it makes sense to seek medical attention.