Posted 3/23/2019 9:54 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Rob, there are some limited studies the use of probiotics but nothing has been written in stone. Since they are considered a supplement they are not regulated by the FDA, like a prescription probiotic. Gi's often recommend probiotics for IBS, folks with ulcerative colitis & crohns disease. They are suppose to help balance out the flora in the gut, we can have too much of good or too much of bad. Some say it helps with constipation & diarrhea. Trying a probiotic is trial & error as to how effective they are per person. Some folks do not take them because of having excess gas & bloating.
Look at the food you are eating & watch for foods that trigger your issues. Keeping a food diary is helpful, but can get boring. Dairy is often a trigger for people.
For the most part, I eat yogurt instead of taking it. The only time I buy an OTC probiotic is if I am on a fairly strong antibiotic. Antibiotics will not only kill the bad flora in the gut, but also the good flora that is needed. My dr always recommend Floraster. This helps me with the diarrhea.We can state the name of the probiotic, we can't post links where to buy things. I suggest buying the one recommended by your dr., otherwise consult with your pharmacist. You want the correct one given what your situation is, they are not all the same.
If you are dealing with constipation consider adding fiber, perhaps Metamucil, stool softners, eating some prunes or warm prune juice if you can tolerate it. Laxatives are too harsh & shouldn't be used long term because your colon can become lazy. Not only that they deplete the colon & water which causes constipation. Staying well hydrated is a must.
I hope this works out for you.