If you are eating plenty of prebiotics (raw specialized plant fibers that help your good bacteria grow and flourish) then you may not need to take a probiotic (friendly bacteria). Yet, most people are not eating enough pre or probiotic foods. In that case, taking a probiotic can be helpful to your gut health.
Some simple guidelines to follow when purchasing a probiotic :
Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium, are the most common genus. An effective probiotic should contain both.
There are various strains of each of these Genus’. (E.g., Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus johnsonii, Lactobacillus acidopholus). The different strains work better for different digestive imbalances. Do your research if you have a specific illness you are looking to heal.
Probiotics do not all need to be refrigerated. If you travel a lot, get one that does not need refrigeration.
It is recommended that you take your probiotic capsules with food and liquid. This helps buffer the pill against acid in the stomach.
If you are having digestive issues, or have recently taken a round of antibiotics it is helpful to take over 10 billion CPU a day. If you are perfectly healthy with no digestive issues then 5-8 billion is a good amount.
I hope these very simple tips are helpful to you and your gut! Please call or message me for more detailed instruction.