Updated: Mar 25, 2020
If you know me, then you know I am a HUGE fan of Probiotics! Here are a few instances where probiotics would be beneficial to add to your daily routine:
Traveling: over 70% of our immune system is in our gut, so it is imperative to reinforce our immune cells during times that might prove crucial for our immunity, like while traveling. The intake of probiotics, along with other supplements to help your immune system can help you to avoid any future concerns and may even prevent you from getting sick.
Stress: stress is one of the most prevalent toxins in our modern world that leads to poor gut health, and even leaky gut. It is important to not only practice stress reliving activities like yoga, meditation, communication skills or journaling, but also support your immune system during stressful times by taking a probiotic supplement.
Diet: an unhealthy diet loaded with processed foods is one of the aspects that contributes to a lower population of natural probiotics. Including probiotic supplements can help offset this damage, but you will never truly heal your gut or your overall health until you fix your diet.
Age: as we age, our microbiomes lose probiotics much faster, specifically Bifidobacteria, which is found in the large intestine. A reduction in its amount may cause digestive problems. If you are experiencing more digestive issues as you age, consider taking a high potency probiotic that has high concentrations of Bifidobacteria. As always, feel free to reach out to me for a free 30 minute consultation to see if we can work together to resolve your digestive issues.
Compromised Digestive System: if you have a problematic digestive system, a probiotic, along with lifestyle and diet changes, may help restore balance.
How to Choose The Right Probiotics For YOU
Colony Forming Units (CFU's)
CFU's are the measuring unit of probiotics. On a good probiotic, this number must be clearly displayed on the bottle. A Probiotic should be in the range of 3-50 billion CFU's to best suit your digestive system.
A lower range CFU would be good as a maintenance product, when you have already healed your gut. This potency will allow you to recover the probiotics lost due to modern lifestyle (which includes stress, environmental toxins, chemicals in food and water and processed foods) when otherwise you ave a completely healthy digestive system.
The higher potencies are recommended for specific instances, including the following: stressful situations / life events, constant or chronic stress from work / family, traveling, poor diet, a compromised digestive system, and aging.
Products above 50 billion CFU's don't provide any added benefit.
No Irritants or Additives
When purchasing a probiotics, make sure it is free of chemicals and ingredients that could upset your gastrointestinal tract. Choose a probiotic that has listed all the potential irritants that it does NOT include to be sure of the good quality of the supplement. For example, good probiotics clearly state "non GMO, gluten free, etc."
Shelf Stability and Guaranteed Potency
With probiotics, it is imperative that you get what you pay for, but sometimes that isn't the case. It is important to make sure that if the manufacturer says they put 50 billion CFU's in the probiotics you purchased, that that SAME number of CFU's is in the products months later. Sometimes probiotics can die off in the package, so even though the package might say "50 billion CFU's," you need to check the potency guarantee. The supplement should specifically say "Potency Guaranteed Until Time Of Expiration" or something along those lines. It should also be shelf stable so that you don't have to refrigerate it to keep its potency. Look for a label that says "refrigeration not required" or "shelf stable."
Another important factor to consider before purchasing a probiotic is the diversity of strains. There are certain strains for certain conditions, and if you would like a probiotic supplement that is chosen specifically for you and your condition, please reach out to me at email@example.com
For the average adult, look for a combination of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. This will support both your large as well as your small intestine. Look for the abbreviations L. and B. on the label.
Keeping in mind the above-mentioned criteria when buying a probiotic will help you choose the right one for you. Check all these units and factors on the label to be sure you are purchasing the best quality supplement.
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