"Do I need a probiotic?"
"Do I need to spend a lot of money on a probiotic?"
"Do I need to take a probiotic everyday?"
Common questions I hear from my clients and the same questions I asked myself before diving deep into my gut health journey. Before my gut health education I too was hella confused by all the professional gut health jargon.
The truth is, you are exposed to stores and websites LINED with probiotics supplements which leaves you confused and empty handed. It can be a grueling task to choose the right probiotic supplement, so how do you decide which probiotic is right for you?
Here are simple tips to guide you towards choosing the best probiotic supplement.
REVIEW THE COLONY FORMING UNITS (CFUs)
CFUs, or Colony Forming Units, are the measuring unit of probiotics. This number must be clearly displayed on the probiotics bottle. To best suit the digestive system a probiotic should be in the range of 3-50 billion.
Lower range CFU products can be sufficient as a maintenance product. This potency will allow you to recover the probiotics lost during modern day living.
Higher range CFU products are recommended for specific instances such as chronic stress, traveling, aging, poor diet, or a compromised digestive system.
LOOK FOR NO IRRITANTS
Look for a supplement that is free of chemicals and fillers. Also carefully review ingredients which you may be sensitive too such as wheat, soy, or corn. Chemicals and sensitive causing ingredients lead to symptoms downstream and keep your system inflamed.
REVIEW SHELF STABILITY AND GUARANTEED POTENCY
Confirm high quality by reviewing the wording on the bottle. Look for “Potency Guaranteed Until Time of Expiration, Refrigeration Not Required, or Shelf Stable.”
For example, if the manufacturer says 50 billion CFUs, that number of CFUs should remain the same until time of expiration.
REVIEW STRAIN DIVERSITY
For an average adult look for a combination of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacilli. This will support both the large and small intestine. Look for the abbreviations L. and B. on the label.
Your gut has its own unique blueprint. Probiotics are trial and error depending on your microbiome’s needs. Focus on quality and investigating which brands & strains work best for you.
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