Since some of you here are on the GAPS diet protocol, or some variation thereof or you're just taking a probiotic I'd highly recommend that if you're looking to get the most mileage out of it, you get a probiotic enema. I'm not aware of any study specifically about probiotic enemas, although fecal bacteriotherapy (basically a probiotic transplant) has been shown to be effective. Similar process, except bacteriotherapy is a bit more extreme. Probiotic enemas are just that. Regular old enemas with probiotics in them.
I'll discuss my experience with it.
Why would someone get a probiotic enema? I don't know but it seemed like a fun thing to do. Before my enema, I had a random flare up of Ringworm. No idea how I got it, but I just noticed it one day out of the blue. I've never had ringworm before and I didn't do anything that would have put me at obvious risk of getting ringworm but somehow I still got it.
Also probiotics (and most natural and chemical compounds) that bypass first pass metabolism in the liver are not subject to your stomach acid and bile, both of which can kill your probiotic bacteria before it occupies your colon. Probiotic enemas go directly from point A to point B and adhere to the intestines. Enteric coatings have been shown to have varying effectiveness. If your probiotic has no enteric coating for acid/bile resistance, don't waste your money on it.
Basically I went to a spa place and paid them the $100. You can go to some "wellness/detox spas" that famous celebrities visit, but it's much more convenient and probably less embarrassing (if that's something you're concerned about) to just prepare it at home. All you need is a some sort of squirt bottle, a probiotic supplement and water. Optional: A helping hand. A mirror might help too I imagine.
You lay down on your stomach and they stick a nozzle up your ass that pumps the bacteria into it. Apparently they can also use yogurt instead of the probiotic solution but the thought of yogurt in my butt is too silly. Expect cramping for at least an hour afterwards.
Within 1 day, my ringworm started receding. By the second day it was about 95% gone and I just had some dry skin in that area. Another benefit I noticed is better regularity. I never had too many digestive issues and I was always regular but after the probiotic enema I feel like my bowels are working overtime. Long story short, it accomplished what I wanted it too and if you think your probiotics aren't doing a good enough job, it might be something fun to do one morning before work or school.
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