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Probiotics can cause constipation in some cases. While this surprises many people, it is usually a result of low quality probiotics, or due to a reaction to dairy or gluten based probiotics. For this reason, it is often preferred to use plant based probiotics that are dairy and gluten free from a trusted source.
What are the side effects of taking probiotics?
Most of the side effects people experience after they take probiotics include digestive issues. Especially: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and stomach pain. Some people also report nausea and fever.
In our research, we often see probiotic brands that mention that probiotics can cause constipation at first. They recommend to keep taking the probiotics, as the constipation may be temporary. Our experience however, suggests otherwise. Many people that experience issues and kept taking probiotics, did not see any improvements.
For this reason, if you think you have a significant reaction or side effects from probiotics, we highly recommend to listen to your body and stop taking the probiotics.
Best probiotics for constipation
If you suffer from constipation and are looking for a safe probiotics to take, you may want to consider the Bacillus laterosporus probiotic strain (Latero-Flora).
Bacillus laterosporus (Latero-Flora) was suggested by research to be very effective for constipation, bloating and other digestive issues. According to one study, 90% of the participants in the study reported a relief from their constipation symptoms (see study results).
Latero-Flora is our preferred probiotics for constipation we use in our natural gut health protocols. It has shown to be very effective but also gentle and safe. Safety testings have found that Latero-Flora is completely safe with no indications of toxicity, even at extremely high dosage. The Bacillus laterosporus strain is highly stable and can easily pass the stomach acids and become very active in the body. The fact that it is stable in room temperature and doesn’t need to be refrigerated also means you can take it with you wherever you go.
Side effects of too much probiotics
Side effects of too much probiotics usually include digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. On that note, when it comes to probiotics, more is not better. Always start with the lowest serving size and see how your body responds. The benefits of probiotics occur overtime as they help your body to promote a healthy gut flora. This does not occur overnight. It may take days and even weeks. Taking more probiotics doesn’t mean you will rebuild a healthy gut flora faster.
Probiotics foods and constipation
Natural fermented foods and drinks such as live cultured raw yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Kombucha tea are widely available as a natural source of probiotics. Their effectiveness to help relieve constipation however, is still controversial.
With Yogurt and other dairy based fermented foods the risk is usually sensitivity to dairy. Other concerns include stability, quality issues, and contamination risks. Especially store-bought probiotic foods.
For this reason, fermented foods are usually not recommended for people with digestive issues or food sensitivities. So unless you make your own homemade fermented foods and know for a fact they have worked for you personally in the past, counting on these foods as a good and safe source of probiotics may not provide the best results. In many cases, fermented foods can cause more digestive issues such as gas and bloating.
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