With the ability to influence our general health, immune system, digestive system, mental health, and more, probiotics can unlock a completely new level of wellbeing for us. Though with the countless list of bacteria strains, products, and brands out there, choosing the best probiotic for you can be a challenging task, to say the least.
Do all probiotics give us the same result? Is there a difference between cheap and expensive supplements? How do I decide which probiotic strain is best for me? Incase you’ve been pondering these questions, here are 4 simple tips to help you choose the best probiotic for you.
What Are You Taking Probiotics For?
Probiotic supplements are of abundance, with different products available to treat diverse areas of health. Consumers can choose between probiotic strains to boost immunity, lose weight, enhance heart health, support mental health, treat digestive issues, or to simply boost general health and wellbeing. With this overwhelming list of options before us, it helps to purchase with a plan to avoid wasting money and time.
For example, for people wishing to improve symptoms of IBS, some evidence supports the use of strains such as Bifidobacterium Infantis and Bifidobacterium Bifidum Lactobacillus Plantarum. Otherwise, for people aiming to improve digestive health and boost the immune system, the probiotic strains Lactobacillus Plantarum
and Bifidobacterium Longum would be ideal - both of which can be conveniently found within Gutsy’s probiotic drinks.
With all the different functions served by the various probiotic strains out there, the best place to start narrowing down your options would be to have a clear idea of what you’re hoping to get out of a daily probiotic.
Check The Ingredients Label
Now that you know what you’re looking for, you can identify your desired probiotic strains on the product’s ingredients label. Here, you’ll be able to find specific bacteria strains as well as their potency. Opt for products that specifies the bacteria within are live strains.
While you’re browsing the package, be sure to take a moment to check the best before date and storage instructions. Since the supplements are live, it’s important to know how to properly store them - whether it’s at room temperature or in the fridge. Just be sure to keep the probiotics away from heat and moisture to avoid killing them.
How Much Is Too Much?
When it comes to choosing the best probiotic for you, higher potency may be more beneficial for short term and targeted use. As a rule a high potency probiotic should not be required on a regular basis and can cause gut discomfort if you are not used to it, a smaller regular dose can be more effective. As a starting point, a probiotic drink or supplement with 1 to 2 billion colony forming units is ideal for everyday use.
Are You Taking Probiotics On The Go?
For an on-the-go lifestyle, non-refrigerated probiotics are much more convenient. Unlike refrigerated probiotics, these supplements are packed with good bacteria that can survive at room temperature, meaning that they can be thrown in your bag and taken with you on exciting adventures, or daily commutes (assuming the conditions allow for it). Plus if they’re in your bag, right next to you, it may be easier to remember to take them.
Though choosing the best probiotic for you may seem like a difficult task, the process quickly simplifies if you know what you want to get out of the supplement. Whether you’re hoping to relieve digestive discomfort or simply enhance your general health, do some research and select a probiotic strain that can unlock these benefits for you. From here, you can check the ingredients list for these strains, select an ideal strength to suit your situation, and either opt for a refrigerated or non-refrigerated probiotic.