Issues with Probiotics?

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   Posted 5/11/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I cannot tolerate dairy at all - it's not just the lactose but the dairy protein that bothers me. So I can't eat yogurt. I have Soy milk with my breakfast most mornings with no problem. So when I found Soy yogurt (with live cultures) I figured this could be a good thing.

I had a small container of one brand on Saturday. Felt a little 'bubbly' if you know what I mean, and a little crampy - but that didn't necessarily have to be from the yogurt. On Monday afternoon, I had another small container of another brand and felt not too bad.

However, today I was miserable - some nausea, a lot of upper abdominal discomfort and distension - lots of gas too later in the day.

Is it possible the live cultures are doing this to me? Is this just another 'healthy' food item I am unable to tolerate? Or could it just be a coincidence?

I'll lay off the yogurt for a week at least and then maybe I'll try it again when I have a few days free to be sick if need be.

It's just that I have seen a lot of talk here about people who take probiotics and it helps them. Just looking for some confirmation here.


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   Posted 5/11/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I use to take the Digestive Advantage probiotics and they worked well for me, then they changed up the formula a little and they gave me the same response your yoghurt gave you. I will tell you though, soy really gives me grief.

I currently take Primadolphilis Fortify and like it alot. Maybe you just need to try a different probiotic to find the right one for you.

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   Posted 5/13/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I haven't checked back before this. I've been exhausted - finally feeling much better today.

Thanks Nanners for the reply. I have to stay healthy for the next couple of weeks so I may experiment again in June.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to try about 5 or 6 different kinds of probiotics before I found a brand that worked for me. So don't give up on them if the first few don't help. We are all so different that what works for one, doesn't always work for all. Also I have found that I need to give it a few weeks to see if it will help. There is an initial die off of bad bacteria, so that may be what you were experiencing. If after a week or two you are not feeling better, move on to another brand.

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