Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Belly Update: Trying Probiotics
What is FOS? Well, most probiotics have what is called a "prebiotic," which is what the probiotics feed on. These prebiotics are usually Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) or inulin. FOS is pretty much the definition of a FODMAP and I react horribly to inulin, so it's no wonder the first probiotic I tried did not work.
The idea with taking probiotics is to repopulate your intestines with good bacteria and push out the bad ones, the ones that cause gas and diarrhea. It sounded like a good idea, so I set out to find a probiotic that does not contain FOS. I ended up deciding on HLC Intensive Capsules by Pharmax. I think it's an excellent product, in my humble, nonprofessional opinion.
So far I would say that I have improved. My gut feels more quiet. Not as many noisy gas bubbles moving through and less of those mad dashes to the bathroom. Have you tried probiotics and have they worked for you?