Choosing The Best Probiotics
May 10, 2008 | By Thomas Ehrman
Choosing the best probiotics, beneficial bacteria, means knowing what to look for. Supplements can come in a wide variety of styles. Should you choose the capsules, tablets or liquid forms? Do you want to deal with refrigeration or not?

The best probiotic supplements should combine two to three bacteria strains. These should include billions of lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria bifidum. Some probiotics claim to have every strain, or many different strains of good bacteria packed into their capsules. Introducing more than three strains at once can be harsh on your body.

The best probiotics should also include a form of prebiotic, inulin or FOS, to act as a food source for the probiotics. It helps the beneficial bacteria survive longer in the capsule, as well as flourish in the intestinal tract.*

When shopping for probiotics and considering prices, keep quality in mind. The best probiotics should be manufactured in a facility following Good Manufacturing Practices, certified by the National Sanitation Foundation. NSF has been providing certification for various businesses for decades. This helps to insure that your probiotic supplements meet the highest standards for safety, purity and quality.

Consuming the best probiotics, you should be able to notice results within a week or two.* While your body adjusts to the new levels of beneficial bacteria, you may experience some minor side effects, such as gas and bloating. After the excess toxins are released from your body, the side effects should disappear.

The newly introduced good bacteria produce a multitude of beneficial enzymes and vitamins that are essential for good health.* Common issues such as bad breath and body odor may be reduced with the best probiotics.* When the intestines are not working the way they should be, your skin serves as a backup plan for waste elimination, causing bad odors.

The best probiotics can't do all the work alone. With all their benefits, probiotics still require the host to give them a healthy place to flourish.
  • Dietary changes help keep the digestive tract healthy.
  • Drinking plenty of water keeps the intestines working their best.
  • Exercise supplies the entire gastrointestinal tract with blood, oxygen and nutrients.
  • It never hurts to add a daily vitamin and mineral supplement for additional support.

If placed in a healthy body, probiotics will have an easier job, making you feel better that much faster.*

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Graham
Sounds as if you made the right call. Glad you are feeling better though. @Bethany.
Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · May 26 at 12:58pm
Bethany
I stopped taking the probiotic and actually feel better.
Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · May 22 at 11:45pm
Hope Forlorn
Of my personal experience, Culturelle wasn't too bad, but you may wanna try out Nutraelle DigestiveCare. It definetely worked out better for me.
Reply · 8 · Like · Follow Post · May 14 at 11:59pm
IntelliGEnt
Culturelle gave me horrid gas and diarrhea in excess of 10 times a day. Try anything else other than that!
Reply · 10 · Like · Follow Post · May 14 at 3:12pm
QuickieMartSimp
Now I know what to look for. But which one????
Reply · 0 · Like · Follow Post · May 12 at 10:28pm

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