The Importance of Probiotics
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms inhabit every normal,
healthy bowel, where they keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms)
in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute
to immune function.
If these gut-dwelling bacteria become depleted (usually because of
disease, stress, poor diet, or medications like antibiotics) health
problems can result.
According to Harvard Women's Health Watch,
probiotic therapy has been best studied for the treatment of diarrhea.
It may also help people with Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome,
and other gastrointestinal problems.
You should not start probiotics until about day five on the diet.
Dosage for the Probiotics
Elaine wote:"I would only go for 3 billion a day to start with
- divide the doze: am. and pm." [This means 1.5 billion dose to
be given twice a day].
Start slowly with the acidophilus. You don't want more than 3
billion divided over a day when you first start. As your child gets
used to this amount of probiotic, you may gradually increase it up
to 9 billion cfu per day.
Read Elaine's comment
The L.Acidophilus should be stored in the refrigerator.
Some people exhibit increased anxiety or other behavioral changes when
they start the probiotics. Other people get digestive symptoms
such as diarrhea, constipation, and light-brown-yeasty looking stools.
You just have to keep experimenting with the amount, you might need
to start out with a smaller dose if you get too many negative reactions.
SCD Goat Yogurt, The Better Choice
The SCD goat yogurt contains a much larger number of the beneficial lactic acid bacteria than the probiotic supplement.
Another "plus" of the yogurt: the milk proteins encapsulate good
bacteria. Then they can travel further in the GI tract where they do
more healing. Although probiotics are very helpful, they don't do
this. It is another reason why yogurt appears to promote increased
Calcium in the dairy is an additional bonus. You further increase
benefits by adding probiotics to yogurt once you becomes
accustomed to it and die off reaction has stopped. Consuming the
probiotic at the same time as the yogurt could help the probiotics
survive better during their travel inside the intestinal tract.
Read about the experience
of list members with probiotics
When Probiotics Are Not Tolerated
The "LOW AND SLOW METHOD" IS FOR PEOPLE WHO CANNOT TOLERATE THE
Click here to
learn how to get very sensitive people to tolerate probiotics
Recommended SCD legal Probiotics:
DAIRY FREE PROBIOTICS
(for people with milk sensitivity)
Scdophilus by GIProhealth:
For acidophilus, Scdophilus is the first choice as the company that makes it understands and embraces SCD, and it is truly dairy-free.
But the company will try to sell you other (illegal) strains if you order by phone. You can order on-line.
Saccharomyces Boulardii is a unique non pathogenic yeast which
exercises beneficial actions in the intestinal tract. GI ProHealth
carries a SCD legal brand of Saccharomyces Boulardii.
here to read more
Sheila's Comments Regarding Bifidus and VSL#3
"The VSL#3 is illegal and I certainly don't recommend it.
I've consulted with a few people who have gone into massive flares
after trying the VSL#3. Also I know lots who have had major problems
with bifidum bacteria (especially when on SCD).
Perhaps it is because the SCD clears out the harmful microbes
and bifidum takes over, overgrowing into huge numbers. The by-products
of bifidum bacteria could be what sends people into flares - especially
those who have sensitive guts or those at the beginning of the diet,
these people unfortunately have "fertile ground" for bifidum bacteria