By Dr Ryan Burkhart

The significance of the naturally occurring gut flora or bacteria microbiome of the small and large intestine has become better understood in the past few years. Research confirms the role the gut flora plays in many key metabolic pathways of the body. Unfortunately, several factors including diet, medications (especially antibiotics), and lifestyle have been shown to have a negative effect on the gut microbiome or flora.

Probiotics (offered through diet and/or supplements) are an easy and generally safe way to combat these negative factors to maintain the proper balance of healthy bacteria to invasive organisms. Benefits of probiotics have also been noted for individuals in the areas of digestion, immunity, and mental health.

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Benefits have been noted by healthy individuals as well as those who know they have a problem. One point of caution with self-prescribing probiotics. Excessive probiotic use has been shown to cause bloating and brain fogginess. This is due to excess production and absorption of D-lactic acid which is a natural byproduct of the bacteria. This can easily be avoided by knowing the proper levels to take and working under the guide of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

To better understand the pros and cons of probiotics or other common supplements, schedule a consult at Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic. Our doctors are familiar with several alternative options for a variety of ailments. Schedule an appointment by calling (616)698-0046 or by filling out the online inquiry offered on this page.

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “Probiotic use is a link between brain fogginess, severe bloating.” ScienceDaily.

 Harvard Medical School. “The benefits of probiotics bacteria.” Harvard Health Publishing.

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