Q: I have eaten my daily yogurt for breakfast; do I still need to take a probiotic?
A: Yes. While you are benefiting and gaining good nutrition from having your daily yogurt, Probiotics supplements contain “Probiotics Live Organisms” which survive and populate for more beneficial and better effects.
Probiotics are “live microorganisms” bacteria or yeast which supports our overall health and our digestive system. They are the good bacteria naturally found in our bodies, or in foods, and they help keep your gut healthy. Your body is full of good and bad bacteria. We want to keep our bodies balanced between the good and bad so our bodies function at its best.
Q: Why should I consider taking a probiotic?
A: While the good and favorable bacteria can be found in yogurts and dairy products such as fermented cheese, Probiotic supplements will supply us with higher and greater levels of bacteria. They are found to help diarrhea, gas and cramps. Probiotics can help with infections in the digestive tract as well as help control immune response and aid IBS.
Q: How to know which one probiotic to take and how much?
A: There are various “Strains” of Probiotics. Strains are the different kinds of bacteria that support many functions of our bodies. The most common groups of Probiotic are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. You want to find the right strain to successfully relieve the intention you are taking a probiotic supplement. You might want to consult with your doctor so they can advise you in choosing the most beneficial probiotic.
Q: Once you have obtained the appropriate strain, how much do you need to take?
A: CFU describe the number of “active” or “live” Bacteria, only the live are considered to be called probiotics. The amount of CFU (Colony Forming Units) is the bacteria or yeast that is capable of living and reproducing to form a group of the same bacteria or yeasts. There is no particular dose or minimum amount suggested. You might want to start with a smaller dose and always increase if you feel it is necessary.
Q: How to store my Probiotics?
A: Probiotics contain live cultures and require appropriate handling to maintain its maximum freshness. There are some forms that need to be refrigerated while others need a cool dark place. Refrigeration prolongs the potency while exposing it to heat it will activate the organisms but then die off more quickly. Always read the products label to find how to store them properly. Avoid handling capsules with your bare hands; moisture from your hands can damage it. Companies generally add an overage to allow for natural decline, taking into consideration shelf life and transportation. You might want to consider expediting the shipping method of your package so you may rest assured that you are gaining its positive factors.