Side effects from probiotics are rare, and typically only impact a small segment of probiotic users. This small segment of probiotic users may experience digestive discomfort that may take the form of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or other changes in digestive & stool patterns. This is oftentimes a type of “detox reaction” which is typically evidence that the gut microbiome is beginning to balance itself out. These types of transitory changes in stool patterns can be the result of a “cleaning effect” of using probiotics and healthy changes in diet.
It is important to know that an imbalanced microbiome is typically the root of constipation. Most people already have issues with constipation and other digestive challenges so it becomes difficult without thorough medical testing to determine or point to probiotic use as being the culprit for such issues.
When you begin taking HealthSync® Global products that contain probiotics and prebiotics, you are introducing a whole host of beneficial microbes that should quickly begin to multiply in your digestive tract. That’s great news! However the mass of bad bacteria that is being flushed out can sometimes release toxins faster than your body can flush them out. As your immune system rallies to clean up the mess and detoxify (a process known as the Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction), you may experience some temporary discomforts including bloating, gas, minor aches, dizziness or cognitive issues, changes in the frequency and texture of bowel movements, and even skin irritations.
As unpleasant as this may all seem at the moment, symptoms resulting from the Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction and microbially induced chemical changes are actually signs that your probiotics are working just as they should. So hang in there! As your body acclimates to these new microbial improvements, any discomfort you’re feeling is temporary (usually just a few weeks) and you’ll be well on your way to your healthiest days ever!
If you have any concerns about your use of probiotics or other HealthSync® Global product usage, please consult your physician.