Do You Have a Probiotic Deficiency

Probiotics are supplements that contain bacteria and yeast that can help regulate one's body. Generally, the body has its own helpful bacteria, but there are times when a person may have a probiotic deficiency. There are many signs to look for when considering your probiotics nutrition and whether or not you should take supplements or eat probiotic-rich food.

First, consider how likely it is that you are probiotic deficient. A person using antibiotics is at a greater risk of being deficient in probiotics because the antibiotics kill both good and bad forms of bacteria. Thus, if you anticipate being on antibiotics for an extended period of time or if you have been taking antibiotics several times throughout the year, it's a good idea to consume more probiotic-rich food or to take probiotics supplements.

Additionally, if someone has an eating disorder or is not eating a balanced diet, they could be deficient because they aren't eating enough nutrients to produce or maintain the necessary levels of bacteria. Vegetarians and vegans who have not yet learned how to balance their meals without meat may also find that they've developed a probiotic deficiency. Those who suffer from diarrhea are also prone to having a probiotic deficiency, as they are more likely to have used up or depleted the good kinds of bacteria in their body.

The telltale sign that you have a probiotic deficiency is if you're having trouble digesting your food. This can range from having constant indigestion after meals to having stomach pains or a hard time going to the bathroom. Many people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are deficient in probiotics. If you have a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection, it could also mean that there's something wrong or off with your bacteria levels.

If you think that you might have a probiotic deficiency, call your doctor and schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns and set up a plan that might include consuming a diet rich with probiotic foods or taking probiotics supplements.

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