What you need to look for in a probiotic

Yesterday I gave you a quick rundown on the order of operations when it come to looking at how to address your gut and related anxiety.  So much to consider, right?

Many have heard that they should take a probiotics and that alone will stop their issues.  But a probiotic doesn’t actually work like a medicine.  

Instead, the benefits of probiotics are more general.

Probiotics can help repair & and restore your gut environment and function. Though there may be hundreds of probiotics on the market, almost all of them fall into one of three camps. One simple approach is to choose a high-quality type in each category and layer in your supplement plan for 30 days. (If you find no difference, then you might not need the particular type of supplement)

Probiotic Camps:

Lactobacillus & Bifidobacterium: (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium longum)

Saccharomyces Boulardii: (a beneficial yeast)

Soil Based Probiotics (bacillus strains)

Should you buy a pre-biotic supplement?  

As long as you’re eating a diet rich in fiber from fruits, vegetables, and nuts and seeds you should have enough in your diet.

(One added caution with prebiotics, as they can flare digestive symptoms if you have a sensitive gut).

What to look for in a probiotic?

  • Genetic Identification & Independent Lab Analysis:  To ensure the species or strain of probiotic meets the label claims.
  • Free of Major Allergens: ie. wheat, gluten, milk, casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and soybeans, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Validated Potency: Certain probiotics should be stored by the manufacturer and shipped in refrigerated conditions to retain the potency list on the label claims.  Probiotics should always meet their labs claims upon testing. 
  • (GMP) Good Manufacturing Practice: Tested in a state-of-the-art facility where temperature and air quality are tightly controlled. This produced a consistent quality & product purity.  

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