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Probiotic Supplements: Take with Antibiotics?

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Source: International Probiotics Association Antibiotics kill off pathogens, saving untold numbers of lives every year....
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DNA Verification for Probiotics and Probiotic Bacterial Strains—Why It Matters

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What is a DNA-verified probiotic and why is it important? A probiotic that has been...
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The Importance of Being Regular (Yes, we’re talking about poop!)

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Although it’s known by many names—poop, turd, feces, stool—bowel movements aren’t something most of us...

Probiotic Dosage: What is Adequate?

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Source: International Probiotics Association In the past decade, probiotic supplement dosages have rocketed from millions...
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Is There a Link Between Your Gut and Your Immunity? (Plus What To Look for In a Hand Sanitizer)

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Your body is overflowing with bacteria. In fact, it contains about 10 times as many...

Diversity Matters in Microbiota

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Source: International Probiotics Association Diversity enriches our global ecosystems. It appears to be no different...

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To get the most benefits from your probiotic supplements, it’s best to take them on a regular daily basis. The benefits of probiotic supplements last while they are taken and for a short period of time after they are stopped.

There does not appear to be any concerns in taking them long-term and in fact the benefits appear to be greater when they are taken for several months. If you are suffering with a medical condition it is best to consult with your health care provide for individual advice.

When choosing a supplement, look for a product that contains clinically studied strains with guaranteed potency until expiry.

 

Yes, both probiotics and prebiotics have been shown in recent research to help support weight management. This adds to the growing list of health benefits that both pre- and probiotics offer.

Several strains of probiotics in both the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium family have been shown to help reduce belly fat and aid weight management. Lactobacillus gasseri appears to be one of the most effective. Research suggests that probiotics work by promoting the release of appetite-reducing hormones, helping reduce the number of calories you absorb from food, as well as potentially reducing inflammation, which can drive obesity.

Prebiotics are dietary fibers that nourish probiotics. They are found to some extent in high fiber foods like asparagus, bananas, green onions, soybeans and artichokes, however most people don’t eat enough of these foods consistently to realize their benefits. Studies have found that prebiotic fibers can support weight management by promoting satiety (improving the feeling of fullness). Prebioitcs also support bowel regularity and improve the bioavailability of minerals.

Taking a prebiotic and probiotic combination supplement, such as the Pro+ Synbiotic is a good way to get the benefits for weight management as well as gut and immune health.

Diarrhea is one of the most common side effects of taking antibiotics. It occurs because the antibiotics not only destroy the harmful or pathogenic bacteria but also the good/beneficial bacteria.

Probiotics help alleviate diarrhea by replenishing the beneficial bacteria that is normally in the gut.

Look for a probiotic that has clinically studied strains and provides a higher level of bacteria, such as 50 Billion CFUs.

 

They both offer benefits for helping alleviate gas and bloating, but they differ in how they work to support digestion.

Digestive enzymes help the body break down the main components of food, namely carbohydrates, protein and fat so that the nutrients can be absorbed.

Digestive enzymes are produced by various organs in our body and also obtained from food. If there is inadequate digestive enzymes available, food does not get properly broken down and the undigested food particles can ferment in the colon and cause gas and bloating.

A good quality digestive enzyme can assist the body in breaking down food.

Probiotics provide beneficial bacteria that support our microbiome and they also play a role in supporting digestion and nutrient absorption. There are supplements that combine both digestive enzymes and probiotics in one formula.

Yes, probiotics can be taken along with other supplements.

They are also safe to take with most medications.

If you are taking antibiotics, separate the probiotics by at least 2 hours.