The known probiotic side effects are something that should be considered before an individual chooses to take them. After all it is in one’s own best interest and for their safety. Knowledge of the severity and type of problems that can develop is what is needed for an informed choice. Fortunately most of the difficulties do not last long and are considered to be mild.
A few of the difficulties involved in the use of probiotices include gas, bloating, and digestive complaints. The increase in the growth of microorganisms, especially in the digestive tract, and the activity associated with them can be blamed for the increase in gas.
The cycle of microorganism growth and its increase has as a side effect an increase in the production of gas. Once this particular growth reaches a balance in the body the gas production will subside. Unfortunately until this balance is reached the gas will have to be expelled through flatulence, burps, and belches. Especially if foods that are known to be rich in probiotics is added to one’s daily diet as well.
Some side effects that are known to occur are ones that are related to digestive problems. For example if an overly abundant amount of probiotic supplements, or foods that contain them, are introduced to the body too quickly then excessive drainage syndrome can result. The immune system and the digestive system are then are forcibly induced into overdrive. The results that are suffered include diarrhea, headaches, bloating, and constipation.
Alleviation of the above complaints and problems can be achieved through the temporary reduction of the intake of probiotics. The body is thus allowed the time to accustom itself to its effects. After that the dosage can be gradually increased to a level that has been recommended.
For those with compromised immune systems the effects can be more severe. Fungal infections and other types of infections have been known to occur. For example skin rashes, bloody stool, and fever are common symptoms of intestinal infections. Thus it is possible that for some the taking of probiotic supplements may not be safe.
Probiotic side effects for the most part are moderate and are of short duration. Therefore they are deemed an acceptable inconvenience for the benefits gained. For some though the risks of severe problems is not and as such should not be taken.