Choosing the right probiotic can be confusing. There are so many different products on the market, and they all claim to have a unique benefit that will make your health better.
Knowing what kind of probiotic should you take requires several fundamental questions to be answered in order to derive the best possible probiotic that will be beneficial for you.
There are so many different probiotic strains and types of bacteria that it’s hard to know which one is best for you. And some products contain more than just probiotics! So how do you choose?
You need to know what kind of probiotic is right for your needs based on health issues, age ranges, or if you’re looking for something specific like a vegan option.
We’ll show you how to choose the perfect product based on your needs.
Why the need for probiotics?
Your gut contains trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria that line your digestive tract and provide powerful health benefits.
They help digest food, destroy disease-causing bacteria and viruses, increase metabolism, strengthen the immune system, relieve stress, and improve mood.
The best source for probiotics is cultured or fermented foods like yogurt, kefir (a yogurt-like drink), kombucha (fermented black tea), sauerkraut (chopped cabbage fermented in salt), and miso (fermented soybeans).
If you don’t like these foods, take a supplement with at least 1 billion CFUs of a good probiotic.
What are the different types of probiotics?
There are three main types of probiotics that I recommend. Each has a specific benefit, so it’s good to know which one you need before buying.
1. Acidophilus & Bifidus (A&B) – This helps digestion and restores healthy flora after taking antibiotics.
2. FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) – This is a prebiotic that helps feed the probiotics to keep your gut healthy.
3. Plant-based – These are good for people with sensitivities or allergies to milk, dairy, and gluten. The best types of plant-based probiotics are in fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi.
Identifying your health needs
We’re often asked what type of probiotics we would recommend. We realize there are many options out there, and the truth is each person’s needs are different.
Probiotics are a type of microorganism that can be found in certain foods and supplements which have been shown to bring many health benefits.
They help to populate the gut with good bacteria, making it harder for bad bacteria or other harmful microbes to take hold.
Probiotics come in different strains, each with its own set of benefits, so it’s important to choose one that will help you achieve your goals.
What kind of probiotics is good for you?
In order to help find the right probiotic for you, you can ask yourself these questions listed below before deciding.
Do I have digestive issues that need immediate attention?
If so, then a supplement designed for IBS, leaky gut, or detox may be your best choice. Likewise, taking probiotics that are vegan friendly is a good way of getting it under control. You can get this supplement in both pill or powder form which you can add to drinking water.
What is my overall health and wellness goal?
Maybe you want to feel better as a whole, or maybe you just want to lose a few pounds. In that case, choose a product that has ingredients other than just probiotics. If you have the budget for it, a nice option is a multi-strain probiotic with prebiotics and digestive enzymes.
What is my budget?
Pricier products are not necessarily better, so don’t get suckered into buying a product just because it’s expensive. As long as it has at least 1 billion CFUs per serving and meets the other criteria on this page, buys what you can afford.
Obviously, probiotics containing more CFUs tend to cost more, but again this will depend on whether you need a higher strength or not.
How do probiotics come?
Probiotics come in a variety of forms, including capsules, powders, liquids, tablets, and yogurts.
Capsules and tablets are normally more economical than liquids, but you may need to take anywhere from 3-15 of them a day to get the number of healthy bacteria you want.
Powders tend to be cheaper than most probiotic pills, but they require refrigeration and don’t contain as many strains as capsules or tablets.
We recommend refrigerated products if possible because they tend to offer more strains and higher CFUs.
Once you have an answer to most of the questions above, then you can go through the rest of the categories within our website to see the products we have on offer that meet your health needs or better still, educate you more about your condition.
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