The supplement world can be a murky business.
As we continued to expand the range of supplements that we offer one thing we found very hard to come by were manufacturers within the UK who are able to put together good quality supplements, with good quality ingredients, without adding a lot of rubbish to them.
It has truly shocked me just how unconcerned these businesses are about what they are putting into a product, just so long as it had a fancy name and label.
And even then very often companies will put very misleading labels on their products (many of the brands on Amazon seem the worst for this because they can get away with it).
This sad fact could not be more true than it is with regard to probiotics.
Most people have either used, or considered using, probiotics at some time.
However, it can be an extremely confusing area, not to mention one where you can waste a lot of money.
Therefore, today I thought I’d help to clear up some of that confusion for you with these 4 tips…
Probiotics don’t just come from supplements
There’s no doubt that when the right ones are used, for the right person, at the right time, in the right dose, then probiotic supplements can be beneficial.
But, remember that certain foods can also be a very good source of friendly bacteria.
Things such as kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi can all be beneficial.
They generally aren’t as strong or effective as a good supplement but for general inclusion in the diet longer term they can help.
Some of these can be made at home if you so desire, but its normally much easier to buy online or from a good quality health food store.
However, I would add that many of the “probiotic” yoghurts and drinks that you can buy in many supermarkets are, for most people, largely ineffective.
That’s because they are filled with sugar, and by the time the supposedly beneficial live bacteria reach your gut, they are completely dead and, therefore, not of any real benefit.
What do YOU need?
The fact is that probiotics will work for some people, and not for others.
And certain brands and types of probiotics supplements will work some people, and another brand will work for others.
This is because we are all different and need different things.
Different probiotics provide different strains and amounts of bacteria, which we will all react differently to.
There can certainly can be an element of trial and error involved based on how you respond.
Address the cause
When people benefit from probiotics, it’s for a reason.
And that reason is that their good bacteria levels were lower than they need to be.
That could be due to poor diet, chronic stress, toxin exposure, medication, antibiotics, bacterial infections, parasites, heavy metal exposure, and much more.
Therefore, if you aren’t addressing those things then probiotics will only have limited effectiveness.
If you do take a supplement, the quality of that supplement is very important.
In particularly the delivery of it and how much beneficial live bacteria actually reaches your gut is essential for you to derive the benefits from it.
Unfortunately, there are very few on the market with sufficient quantities of bacteria in in the first place, or sufficiently designed to survive transit through the body.
As you can see, using probiotics can be a complicated area, and a very easy way to waste a lot of money, but they can also be extremely beneficial.
Hopefully this has helped!