I hope you’re not too squeamish if you’ve clicked on this link. Probiotics are healthy bugs. Yep, those healthy, live microorganisms are all the rage these days.
So why would you want to willingly ingest bacteria?
Because probiotics are good bacteria, like the ones that are already found in your gut.
What are they for?
There are a multitude of reasons to take a good probiotic. Here are just a few:
1) If you’ve been on a course of antibiotics, the medicine will have killed the good bacteria with the bad bacteria. It’s best to replenish it by taking a supplement.
2) To increase your immunity. The majority of your immune system lies behind your intestines. So to keep
3) Women – if you’re prone to yeast infections or urinary tract infections, a good probiotic can help combat them.
4) If you have had a bout of diarrhea, a probiotic can help things get back on track.
5) If you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome, taking probiotics can help.
What kind of probiotic should I take?
I don’t recommend the probiotic-fortified yogurts. First off, I never advocate dairy and secondly, the amount of probiotics found in yogurt is minimal compared to a supplement.
When looking at supplements, usually the refrigerated ones are the most potent. Unless you’re traveling, check your health food store’s refrigerated section.
There are many different formulations – some for women, some for men, some for children, some for adults over 50. And the price range can be huge. Remember – when it comes to supplements, you often get what you pay for. I like to pay more for good quality.
Different brands and formulations of probiotic supplements have different strains of bacteria, and they also have different potency. Again, I like to go for the biggest bang for my buck – the more bacterial strains and the stronger the potency (measured in CFU’s or Colony Forming Units), the better. I only tend to take probiotics a few times per year so I figure the expense is well worth it.
Do you have any questions about probiotics? If so, ask away in the comments section below.