Is it possible to take too many probiotics?
Q: Is it possible to take too many probiotics? I have a history of ulcerative colitis and take Culturelle, VSL#3, and Mutaflor, as well as your HLC Intensive product as needed.
A: It is difficult to take too many probiotics, especially when you have gut / intestinal disorders. As humans, we carry trillions of bacterias in our bodies (that is 3-4 lbs on average). The main thing is to keep the level of good higher than the level of bad bacteria. Usually, it is difficult to get enough in to keep the balance of good higher than the bad. Sometimes it is good to alternate with different probiotics to get different beneficial strains that may be in one and not in another. However, some strains survive the stomach acid better and have a higher affinity to the intestinal wall than others. The HLC Probiotics are grown from original human strains known to be the safest and most active of the beneficial probiotic strains. Since their cellular structures are like our own cells, they do implant on the intestines better and often survive longer than other non-human strains cultured from dairy, soil or animal.
But in regards to your question, I do occasionally hear from clients taking high amount of probiotics, that they may get diarrhea or loose stools. This usually occurs with those who have a high amount of Candida Albicans in their intestines that the probiotics are pushing out. This will subside when they cut back their dose.