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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if its possible to take too much probiotic? I am taking Align and also eating Activa yogurt and drinking a yogurt drink sometimes. I just find the yogurt to be soothing and easy on me. Today it occurred to me that this could be overdoing it. Thoughts? Thanks to all for the advice and good health to all!
-currently having a flare
-cortenema, Lialda (4 pills/day), canasa, probiotic, multivitamin, calcium with vitamin d, iron

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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
There are billions (maybe trillions?) of bacteria living in our guts, so I think it would be extremely hard to take too much, considering most products out there only have a couple billion in them and who knows how many of those are still living by the time they make it to your system. I take two probiotics per day, plus yogurt and sometimes probiotic drinks, too. Is the Align helping you? I was thinking about trying it.
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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
According to Natasha Trenev, a respected authority in the probiotic field, there's really no way to overdo it. In fact, people suffering from IBD NEED very high doses of the right strains of probiotics to be effective.
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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
No possibility you could over do it. There are over 60 trillion bacteria in the gut. I doubt anybody is doing enough honestly. If it is a major bacterial problem that causes this I doubt that anyone is taking nearly enough proiotics to make a substantial difference. I would take as many as possible.

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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that it's exreamly unlikely you can over-do with good bacteria, even if you could I doubt there'd be negative issues with it, it's not like the bad bacteria would be able to retaliate or anything.

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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
If you somehow take too much good bacteria then from what I've read the body just eliminates what it doesn't need. No issues.

It takes a lot of poor eating and poor food choice to cause the bad bacteria to dominate. By the same token it must equally take a long time to re-establish the good bacteria and create balance. So I don't think there is ever an issue of overdoing it with probiotics.


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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone for the responses, it puts my mind at ease. In the past I haven't been as vigilant with the probiotics and I'm hoping they'll make the difference this time. As far as the Align, I have just started it (I used to take the Trader Joe's one because it was cheaper but my doctor advised me to try this one). I will certainly let you know how it works out for me and if I think it's helping.
-currently having a flare
-cortenema, Lialda (4 pills/day), canasa, probiotic, multivitamin, calcium with vitamin d, iron

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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
If I hit my system too hard with alot of probiotics all at once, I'll often get diarrhea for a day or two but then things usually take a turn for the better. Ultimately, I think high doses are good for us UC'ers.
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Same - I will get "d" after taking probiotics  - even moreso from activa.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety), Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)

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