How to Choose the Best Probiotic
Would you believe that not all probiotics are good?
Though probiotics have received a lot of attention over the years for their gut-friendly benefits and overall impact to well-being, it is unfortunate to say that some brands are not only not helpful, but may even make your symptoms worse.
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
If you have been reading my newsletters, you know how much I recommend customizing gut support. This may include probiotics because of their ability to keep support a diverse gut bug environment and in turn make your immune system and digestive system strong. A healthy gut gives you more benefits than any other area of health which is why it is considered to be the root of all health (or disease if it isn’t working well).
So in this newsletter, I will shed some light on how you can find a probiotic that actually works for your gut, so you get the maximum benefits.
First, in order for a probiotic to be effective, it must be “alive.” It sounds funny that I should emphasize that because, by definition, probiotics are, in fact, live microorganisms.
Here’s the gist:
Some probiotics are not bottled in a way that they can survive supplement production or resist the acidity of the stomach. So they are dead even before you take them or by the time they reach the colon, and you have wasted your money on something that you thought could benefit you.
Second, for a probiotic to be effective, it must contain identified strains of bacteria that were proven to provide health benefits to humans. It’s not just about taking something that has a high level of bacteria per serving (in probiotics, this is called CFU or colony forming units). More CFU’s doesn’t mean it’s better or more effective.
Remember that each species of bacteria has thousands of strains. Some have no proven benefits to human health, while others remain unstudied.
All you need are the bacterial strains that have proven benefits and that can survive bottling preparations and the acidic journey towards the colon.
I recommend spore-based probiotics because they are specifically designed to make it through the acidic environment of the stomach. Spores are the building blocks of a new cell and they can remain dormant for a long time and “hatch” or “come to life” in the intestines where they can colonize, increase the diversity of the microbiome, and boost your immune system.
Again, they are more effective than ordinary probiotics because they have an endospore or outer shell that keeps the strains highly resistant to stomach acid.
I also recommend specifically the spore form of the bacillus strains. The benefits are powerful!
- One bacillus strain, Bacillus Indicus HU36(TM), produces important nutrients at the absorption site of your intestines. These nutrients are lycopene, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, beta carotene, and lutein. It’s considered to be the most effective antioxidant probiotic strain on the market.
- Bacillus strains keep bad bacteria away. According to studies, bacillus strains stop the growth of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.
- Bacillus strains can fight SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO causes diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain among other symptoms. Other probiotics might increase SIBO, but there are specific bacillus strains that don’t such as Bacillus Clausii.
Overall, spore-based bacillus strains are helpful if you are on the journey to healing your gut so that you can reap the maximum benefits of a healthy microbiome.
I pick brands that I believe are worth the price and get the best health benefits. So with probiotics, I choose MegaSpore Biotic by Microbiome Labs. They have tons of legit research to back up their claims and I’ve seen great results with it.
It is recommended that you ease in with new probiotics rather than starting at the full amount on the label and I doubly recommend working with a practitioner to get the most out of your supplementation.
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