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Facts about Probiotic Tolerance

By    |   Friday, 15 Jan 2016 06:16 PM

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria living in the body that promote healthy digestion, immunity, and even mental health.

Tolerance of probiotics depends on several factors, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The occurrence of tolerance depends on dosage as well as the patient’s personal sensitivity and related characteristics, such as having irritable bowel syndrome or gastroesophageal reflux. It may develop as a result of long-time consumption, as well.

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Some research suggests people cannot have too many probiotics, but Body Ecology recommends starting to take probiotics in small dosages and increase as needed. Symptoms of having an intake of too many microbes may include gas and bloating.

In some cases, taking probiotics has been shown to increase tolerance to treatments of some illnesses. PubMed.gov reports taking the supplements leads to fewer treatment-related symptoms to eradicating Helicobacter pylori, a cause of chronic gastritis, which indicates a risk of developing a peptic ulcer or gastric cancer.

While it is common to hear about a growing resistance to antibiotics due to rapid changes in viruses, many doctors still promote the use of probiotics while taking antibiotics in order to maintain healthy bacteria in the gut. Antibiotics destroy all sorts of microorganisms, differentiating neither between the good nor the bad. Taking probiotics in conjunction with them may allow for taking lower dosages of antibiotics in order to fend off resistance.

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In some cases, probiotics have even grown to become resistant to antibiotics, which can be beneficial in growing the healthy flora in the gut again, Science Direct notes.

Taking Lactobacillus reuteri also improved the feeding tolerance and gut function of formula-fed newborns, showing a decrease in regurgitation, The Journal of Pediatrics reports.

When looking for a probiotic, Medscape reports being bile-resistant and acid-tolerant is important to making it through the stomach’s environment and into the gastrointestinal tract. The Lactobacillus strain has shown to do so.

Overall, researchers have found that a daily consumption of probiotics in reasonable dosages is safe with little risk of side effects, according to the NCBI and The FASEB Journal. It is recommended to speak with a doctor prior to starting daily supplementations to discuss dosage and type of probiotic.

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