Probiotics for the Gut Microbiome and the way they influence our health is a huge topic these days. We know that many diseases and digestive troubles can be traced to diet and stress, but another culprit is lack of good bacteria. While we may associate all bacteria as bad, many types of bacteria are good for you and sometimes necessary. In fact, beneficial bacteria are crucial to proper digestion and elimination- yet most Americans are seriously lacking in these “good bugs.”
The digestive tract is its own dynamic ecosystem, complete with hundreds of species of bacteria numbering more than 100 trillion. Some of these bacteria are good, some harmful. If you maintain a balance between the two, you’re less likely to experience digestive distress. Unfortunately, a number of factors can disturb bacterial balance, including certain medications and health conditions, poor diet, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and getting older.
Luckily, you can restore bacterial balance through probiotics. These live microorganisms support the gut bacteria, providing relief for episodic digestive upsets.
Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Probiotic Supplement:
1. Is it stable?
Probiotics are living cultures. Some strains can be destroyed by exposure to light, heat, oxygen and moisture, while others easily lose their potency under any condition that’s not ideal.
2. Is the dosage high enough?
Experts generally agree that the minimum recommended dosage of probiotics is 1-2 billion colony forming units (CFU’s) per day. Anything less than that may not be enough. So, even if you are getting probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt, it still may be necessary to use probiotic supplements to achieve the results you want.
3. Is it clinically researched?
Many strains of beneficial bacteria have been clinically researched but there are loads of low quality probiotics that haven’t. It’s easy to find big box retailers making their own generic brand of supplements at a less expensive price – but it’s not always wise.
4. Is the strain natural to humans?
Some probiotic products feature strains of beneficial bacteria that do not occur in the human system. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine how much good they will do. The strains that are of human origin, (meaning they are a natural part of the human digestive system) will be the most effective.
5. Does it survive stomach acid?
Few probiotics are tough enough to survive the acidic environment of the stomach, meaning they never make it to the small intestine for absorption. You want one that’s tolerant of stomach acid, so it reaches the intestines alive.
With this information in mind, we included a proprietary strain of Bifidobacterium longum (that is one of the most researched and effective probiotic strains) when formulating BIFIDO BB536.
- Defense against episodic digestive upsets, including constipation, diarrhea, abdominal comfort, gas and bloating
- Improvement of beneficial to harmful bacteria
- Decrease of ammonia and putrefactive products in the digestive tract
- Help to down-regulate the immune’s system response to seasonal challenges
Probiotics are best taken spaced out from heavy meals, either in the morning or evening when the stomach PH is low and less acidic. Although, you will still benefit from taking them any time of day. Don’t forget to keep them stored in a cool environment so they maintain their potency…