Probiotics for Chronic Diarrhea
If you’re suffering from chronic diarrhea that lasts for months or even years, you’ve likely tried many remedies to alleviate your symptoms. But if the constant loose stools, cramping, and bloating haven’t improved, there may be a missing piece to the puzzle. Could probiotics be the answer? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of taking probiotics for chronic diarrhea.
What are the health benefits of probiotics?
Put simply, probiotics are the “good bacteria” in your body. Yes, there is such thing as good bacteria. In fact, natural, living bacteria can work wonders for your digestive system and encourage gut health. Probiotics can be especially beneficial in creating the right balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria so your body can perform at its peak level.
Probiotics may also help manage some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and yes – diarrhea. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if probiotics may be a good treatment option for your chronic diarrhea.
What type of probiotic is best for diarrhea?
Probiotics come in several different forms, either in whole foods or in supplements. The most common naturally probiotic-rich foods include yogurt or kefir and fermented foods and beverages like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha, which all encourage a healthy gut.
Meet with your healthcare provider to discuss the best probiotic for diarrhea treatment since everyone’s body is different.
Can probiotics make my chronic diarrhea worse?
You may be wondering, “Can probiotics cause diarrhea or make my chronic diarrhea worse?” While probiotics are generally considered safe, there is always the chance of an allergic reaction or adverse side effect like upset stomach or diarrhea. If you suffer from diarrhea after taking probiotics, either in food or supplement form, talk with your healthcare provider or nutritionist to see what might be going on.
As always, before taking a new supplement or changing your diet, it’s important to discuss your issues with your doctor first.
What if my chronic diarrhea symptoms still don’t improve?
If you and your doctor have tried everything, including probiotics, and your chronic diarrhea doesn’t improve, there’s likely another underlying health concern. You might want to ask your doctor about Sucrose Intolerance caused by Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID). People with CSID are unable or have limited ability to tolerate sucrose-containing foods or any product containing table sugar. When someone with CSID consumes sucrose, gastrointestinal symptoms occur, including chronic diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, and bloating.
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