I am not sure if I believe that probiotic supplements ever make it past the stomach, much less into the colon. since starting Paleo low-carb and stopping caffeine, I am constipated, and fermented foods and drinks and probiotic supplements have done nothing. I eat veggies and they also don't help. I think the bacteria in my colon is underpopulated, and so I was wondering if I could use my probiotic supplements as a suppository or enema. This seems like it could work great, or perhaps it could go disasterously wrong.
what does thee think?
I've worked with suppositories before (med tech) and I can tell you that they will start melting right away when being handled. That leads me to think the gel caps with oral meds won't break down the way a suppository will.
Have you tried cultured coconut milk or sunsweet prunes? Prunes have become an every other day thing for me. Just some suggestions if you haven't tried them yet.
I am not exactly sure if it is what you had in mind but I wouldn't put something in your rectum that isn't designed to be there. You could injure your body or have (over)absorption problems. Also keep in mind, suppositories go in your rectum, which comes after your colon, which might cause logistics problems if you're trying to get it all the way to your colon like you indicated.
..get educated on microbiom. mayo clinic has been doing poop transplants for years to treat those with c difficule infections ( successfully ), it was first done at denver medical center in 1987, now they are doing this to treat crohns, a clinical trial is going on in MA for IBS , and another trial for leaky gut treatment.
IMO harmless to do probiotic suppository .. .if I was going to do a suppository or enema with probiotics i would make sure of what else was included in that.. probiotics are harmless.
the only way single strain is effective is if you do a test to see what bad bacteria are in the gut ( Genova etc ) and then specifically target it with the right good probiotic proven to dominate that specific bad bacteria. People are doing it.. Tests cost money.
'' future may lie in concocting specific probiotics for people based upon their individual needs and microbiomes. ' Dr. Mullin Johns Hopkins
I would avoid, as it unlikely to provide benefit and you could end up with an infection or injury. The mechanism for oral probiotics is not well understood and based in the incredible complexity and number of organisms in your gut, adding a few random varieties in random quantities isn't going to do much. If you are constipated try magnesium or something from the pharmacy...don't suffer. I accidentally took in too much olive oil the other day...that seemed to work..ymmv.
I don't think you can "repopulate" your colon with the new probiotics. They are designed to not have spores. They don't "plant" a culture. (They want us to keep buying them.) Also, Time-release probiotics would be best. Also, lately I theorized it's best to eat very very light for a few says so the intestines are emptier, to allow deeper passage of the probiotics into the colon. The empty highway is easier to travel. P.S. For constipated, I use Milk of Magnesia.
Multistrains are best, for sure, but yes you can use the capsules as suppositories.
This is best immediately after you have voided or have performed an enema, and right before a long sleep is best. There are no ill-effects. I have done this many, many times, and the only notable effect was some modicum of gas, nothing more. No pain --I see a lot of needless panic, up there.
Think it over --if you had probiotics without enteric coating, how many might survive 30 minutes in any environment with a pH of about 1.2...? That's a strong acid. Do you think a human could swim around in that? How about something lacking any kind of skin..? I believe it's unlikely that even as much as 1% of the viable content of standard probiotic capsules reach the intestines --the only place they would actually do the patient any lasting good.
As a much more advanced experiment you could do a probiotic culture in a suspension of chicory root and artichoke for 8 or so hours, and then do a retention enema of the resulting suspension. Google those two prebiotic inputs if you wonder why.
I'm doing that later on, and I might come back here and describe the results. The only question in my mind is if they get high enough in the gut to do lots of lasting good. I believe lots of manipulation would be required for positive results.
I can't believe how much alarmism I'm seeing up there.
I'd do it, but first, see if you can get one of those enteric-coated probiotics that are resistant to stomach acid.
I do vaginal suppositories when I have a yeast infection and it works quite well.
Or you could try beetroot, roast at home in a lot of coconut oil, works well for me
I just started doing colonics. i highly recommend. if you can't afford/not close by try home enema. very important because you are eating the right foods. but if they are blocked by old waste, they will bloat. that is known. i was afraid to try colonic, but I LOVED IT IMMEDIATELY!! especially knowing all that old waste was leaving...