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Probiotics for Diarrhea: How Can They Help?

Probiotics for Diarrhea: How Can They Help?

Millions of friendly bacteria live in your intestines, and they’re important for various aspect of gut health including digestion and motility. But when your microbiome becomes unbalanced regardless of the reason, it can cause diarrhea, cramping, and bloating and this is where taking specific probiotics and certain strains can help turn your microbiome around and this can stop your diarrhea.

Hey there I’m Dr. Hagmeyer and If you find that you have to rush to the bathroom regularly, or you are planning your day around the nearest washroom like many with IBS, IBD and SIBO (Small intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) , stay tuned because in this video I’m going to review the best probiotics and probiotic strains to use when you are suffering with chronic diarrhea, IBD or travelers diarrhea.

One thing I will say is that if you are watching this on YouTube, there will be a lot of names of specific strains of probiotics that you probably never heard of. I suggest you either pause this video and grab something to write on, otherwise, you can check out the description box and I will leave a link to my website where this video transcript will be posted.

Keep in mind that as we learn more and more about probiotics, we are learning how specific strains have specific purposes.

Best Probiotics for Diarrhea

What are Probiotics

As a quick reminder, Probiotics are made of good live bacteria and/or yeasts that naturally live in your body. In our intestines, we have three categories of bacteria. We have good bacteria, bad bacteria and bacteria that are called opportunistic. Opportunistic bacteria can be good or bad depending on the circumstance. When you get an infection, there’s more bad bacteria and opportunistic bacteria, knocking your system out of balance.

Good bacteria help eliminate bad bacteria, returning the balance.

Probiotic-supplements are one of the most effective ways to add good bacteria back into the body and by doing so you can help reset your microbiome to some extent.

Some bacterial probiotics help us digest food, others destroy disease causing cells, some help our bodies produce vitamins (B vitamins and Vitamin K) other bacteria are responsible for even making Neurotransmitters and short-chain fatty acids.

Antibiotics and Diarrhea

Antibiotics can have adverse effects on gut health due to their impact on the balance of the gut microbiota, which is the community of microorganisms living in the digestive tract. Here are some potential adverse effects of antibiotics on gut health:

1. Dysbiosis: Antibiotics can disrupt the balance of the gut microbiota by killing both harmful and beneficial bacteria. This disruption, known as dysbiosis, can lead to a decrease in beneficial bacteria, potentially allowing harmful bacteria to overgrow.

2. Diarrhea: One common side effect of antibiotics is antibiotic-associated diarrhea. This can occur when the antibiotics disrupt the balance of the gut microbiota, leading to an overgrowth of certain bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile, which can cause diarrhea.

3. Increased susceptibility to infections: The decrease in beneficial bacteria caused by antibiotics can weaken the body’s defense against pathogens. This can increase the risk of developing gastrointestinal infections or other infections.

For these reasons, taking probiotics in an effort to prevent diarrhea, dysbiosis and infection is always a good strategy. If you are already suffering from diarreha caused by antibiotics or from traveling, the probiotics you see listed below are recommended.

Best types of probiotics for treating diarrhea 

If you are like most people looking to purchase probiotics for diarrhea, It can be dizzying when you look at all the different kinds of probiotic strains and different formulations of probiotic, but research shows that supplementing with a select few is most beneficial when combating diarrhea.

So, here’s what you need to look for when it comes to probiotics and probiotics strains for diarrhea.

1. Saccharomyces boulardii:

S. boulardii is actually not a bacteria, but instead it’s a beneficial yeast. It’s probably one of the most studied probiotics when it comes to treating diarrhea that is caused by antibiotics and by infection picked up when people travel and drink local water.  (**). S.boulardii has a number of positive effects on the gut outside of just treating diarrhea. A very common infection seen in people who have acid reflux or heartburn are infected with a bacteria called H.pylori.

S. boulardii and diarrhea

H.pylori. can cause indigestion, stomach ulcers and even stomach cancer. A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysisTrusted Source looked at data from 18 previous trials, almost 3600 people on the use of S. boulardii for treating this infection. In comparison with the standard treatment alone, which is antibiotics. The conclusion was that S. boulardii supplementation significantly increased H pylori eradication rates and reduced the incidence of total side effects.

  1. S. boulardii  helps improve brush border enzymes (*). Brush border enzymes are needed to break dietary proteins and sugars in our diet. If your brush border enzymes don’t do their job you can end up with severe malabsorption of nutrients that lead to weight loss.
  2. S. boulardii produces short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate and acetate that support and nourish colon mucosa.
  3. S. boulardii enhances the number of healthful bifidobacteria in the colon. Bifidobacteria species keep disease-causing (pathogenic) clostridia in check.
  4. S. boulardii  also helps with leaky gut often seen in patients who have chronic diarrhea.
  5. S. boulardii also has been shown to dampen down an over-reacting inflammatory immune response.

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2. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG):  is another effective probiotic for treating diarrhea in both adults and children (*)*).

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has also been studied when someone has diarrhea caused by  rotavirus-rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that can spread when your unclean hand touches feces and you then touch, scratch, itch or rub your nose or mouth.(*) but just to be clear, you don’t have to have rotavirus in order to take Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and diarrhea

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a transient Lactobacillus that colonizes the small intestines when regularly consumed. It favorably enhances innate and acquired immunity. It decreases T cell proliferation, induces helper (CD4+) T cell hyporesponsiveness, increases phagocytic activity in peripheral blood white cells and killing activity in natural killer cells, and inhibits production of proinflammatory cytokines. L. rhamnosus significantly augments serum and mucosal secreted antibody responses.

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3. Lactobacillus casei

#3 on my list as another probiotic for diarrhea you should know about it Lactobacillus casei

Lactobacillus casei is a type of probiotic bacteria that is commonly found in the human gastrointestinal tract. It is considered a “friendly” bacterium and is known for its potential health benefits. casei include supporting the growth of beneficial microbes, protecting the gut lining and reducing the adhesion of pathogens; other benefits are strain-specific.

Lactobacillus casei and diarrhea

The great thing about Lactobacillus casei is that It produces lactic acid in the gut. (**) and Lactic acid lowers the pH in the gut making it an unfriendly environment for bacteria that cause diarrhea. Lowering PH also helps with absorption of nutrients. Lactic acid also has antimicrobial ability against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. These benefits make it another strain that is very effective in treating diarrhea.

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4. Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium lactis

The next couple of strains of probiotics belong to the Bifidobacterium family. The first strain in this family is Bifidobacterium lactis:

This probiotic strain again has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of diarrhea in adults and children (*). Bifidobacterium lactis can play a significant role in combating allergies, preventing eczema, assisting with high cholesterol, breaking down body waste, and even normalizing blood sugar levels.

  1. Bifidobacterium lactis has also been shown to decrease the toxic effects of gluten on the intestinal lining, (*)
  2. Bifidobacterium lactis has also been shown to decrease leaky gut. (*)

Bifidobacterium Species For Diarrhea

Other strains belonging to the Bifidobacterium family that you should know about when it comes to diarrhea are Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium breve

These bacteria are two types of commensal bacteria meaning that they are or should be part of a healthy microbiome, unfortunately when you take antibiotics (like most people have throughout their lifetime), these guys are wiped out. When you supplement with Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium breve you are essentially inoculating your gut with these good bacteria and replenishing what’s been lost from using antibiotics. Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium breve suppressing overgrowth by pathogenic microbes such as Clostridium difficile and Candida albicans.

So, there you go! If you are struggling with diarrhea, the probiotics I reviewed during today’s video are some of the most important and widely studies strains of probiotics for the treatment of diarrhea.

While there is more to be done from a standpoint of improving the gut microbiome than just taking probiotics, these supplements will at least give you some direction on what to look for the next time you purchase probiotics for your diarrhea.

If you feel you have just hit a brick wall with your Diarrhea and you are discouraged by your lack of improvement, reach out to my clinic.

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Remember this about Today’s Article

Antibiotics can have adverse effects on gut health due to their impact on the balance of the gut microbiota, which is the community of microorganisms living in the digestive tract. Here are some potential adverse effects of antibiotics on gut health: Dysbiosis, diarrhea and increased susceptibility to gut and bacterial infections. Probiotics like Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Saccharomyces boulardii, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus casei are some of the most effective strains of probiotics for treating diarrhea.

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