Probiotics have made the news and judging from recent research, there is good reason. Studies are now showing the importance of having a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract. Your overall health, physically, emotionally and mentally depends on it.
But how do you choose between all the new brands that are popping up everywhere? How many billions of good bacteria should you look for? How many different strains should be listed on the label? Does it really matter where they are manufactured?
You want to be sure your probiotic supplement is not manufactured in China. Many corporations have taken their business overseas and the quality is, oftentimes, doubtful. You want to be sure your probiotic is created with the best ingredients available under strict quality guidelines.
Experts recommend at least 5 billion CFU (colony forming units) as a minimum but 10 billion per day or more is preferable. It may take a few days or a few weeks for these amazing little bugs to colonize and restore balance to your gut. Once you notice a positive difference in how your feel, how regular you become and how the bathroom smells when you are done, you will know that those friendly bacteria have done their work.
When looking for a probiotic, how do you decide which one to choose? Some have 20 strains, some have 1 strain and there seems to be a huge range in between.
Think of it this way. If you are building a house, do you want your framer to do the electrical? Or would you like your plumber to also do your tile work or build your kitchen cabinets?
No. Each contractor has an area they specialize in. It is the same with probiotic supplements. There are different strains and they have different jobs in different areas of the digestive tract. It is recommended to look for a probiotic with at least 5 strains that number in the billions for each one.
L. Acidolphilus works to adjust the PH level in your body, destroying pathogenic microbes.
L. Casei promotes the growth of L. Acidophilus and helps with protection against pathogens
Bacillcus Subtillus activates the human defence systems, fighting off viruses, yeast overgrowth and pathogens
L. Plantarum protects against yeast overgrowth from antibiotics, both prescribed and from the meat we eat.
Other probiotic strains to look for are L. Rhamnosus and B. Breve