Are you confused about what probiotic supplement to buy? Well, today our topic is known before you buy. You should consider five things when choosing a probiotic supplement. So stay tuned to learn more.
There’s a lot of probiotics out there and a lot of people don’t even know why they would use a probiotic and which strains they would want. So by the end of this article I’m gonna give you 5 things to know before you buy. 5 things to consider when choosing a probiotic and then help you try to find the best probiotics in the UK for you. So let’s dive into it.
Tip number one to consider
It would be what kind of health conditions you are having for example histamine. So if you have seasonal allergies, if your functional medicine provider natural Pappa. So said you have a histamine intolerance as far as you know low histamine diet then you want to consider not purchasing certain strains of partaking in certain strains of probiotics. Because they can actually make the histamine problem worse. So there are some strange in the lactobacillus family that can make it worse and they are these are all card names to pronounce.
I give it my best shot which is Lactobacillus bulgaricus that one’s not so bad. Lactobacillus and then the other one would be unlocked of the cells. So those are the lactobacillus strains that can worsen a histamine problem and then you would also want to think about some streptococcus thermophilus.
It is s another a streptococcus strain that’s in a lot of blended probiotics and the fill arguments and Bifidus like conformist. So those could raise your histamine. So if you’re having histamine issues look at the label and choose ones that do not have this. It means I’ll have a recommendation down below for a great one that is very histamine friendly.
Tip number two
Consider if you have been diagnosed with SIBO small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A lot of times people will have bloating after eating. They will just walk around bloated all the time and sometimes IBS. It’s called IBS but it may come from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Now to get that official diagnosis you’d have to do a breath test and work with the functional medicine provider or some GI doctors to do it too.
But if you have that diagnosis or if you have taken probiotics and they make you more bloated than you may have SIBO. So what I would recommend with that is to choose a probiotic that does not have a prebiotic in it.
Now generally we think of a probiotic and a prebiotic as being very symbiotic and working well together. In the prebiotic providing a portion of food for the probiotic and to learn more about prebiotics. I will link one of my prior articles on the microbiome and healthy foods for the microbiome. Because prebiotics are fibres but that prebiotics they are food for the probiotics but they can also be good for the what we call dysbiotic bacteria or the bacteria that are out of balance.
It could be considered the bad guys when they’re out of balance. So we could be feeding them too and causing more bloating because of that prebiotic. So if you are having trouble with loading or you have SIBO and you have to bloat from a probiotic then choose one without a prebiotic. Also, start low start with a low dose in and if it sounds crazy that it’s low but like 5 billion like a child’s dose would be a good place to start. If still having trouble then see your provider you may need to work on the SIBO first before you try probiotics.
So those are like health things to consider when choosing probiotic health conditions to consider. Now next let’s talk about amounts and strains and all of that. So who do you get refrigerated or do you not.
Tip number three
I would say is refrigeration versus non-refrigeration is really based on your lifestyle. So the ones that come in the blister packs where you just kind of pop one out and they’re not in a big bottle can be very safe or non-refrigerated and all of them are safe. Not refrigerated is just some of the bacteria may die off and you’re not getting on the benefits. But we have a lot of Technology over the last few years in probiotics. There’s a lot of great brands that are shelf-stable and I’ll link some of those down below the ones that I really think are our good brands. You can look at those.
I’ll link some that I like and that I’ve researched consumer reports instant studies and made sure that the brands that I’m gonna recommend have what they say they have in them. I will make sure they are the best probiotics in the UK. Shelf-stable versus refrigerated is really based on you know there are some great brands that are refrigerated that I’ll mention in the description down below.
Like mega foods mega flora and I really like that one a lot but then there’s the Garden of Life and some renew life products that I like that are shelf-stable. So as long as they’re in that blister pack they’re generally good as shelf-stable and that’s good for people that travel and even the kind that a refrigerated can stay out of the refrigerator for a few days.
Now let’s talk about dosing. So probiotics should be dosed in billion units. So if you see something in the million that’s really low actually for a supplemented probiotic. Now when we’re talking about food products like sauerkraut and kimchi and yoghurt those are usually in the million kinds of the category with dosing which is great. Because anything in a food tight is it has a lot of other nutrients and kind of symbiotic things that can help you absorb what you’re eating and help you absorb the probiotics better.
But when you’re trying to take probiotics for general health for stomach problems what I mean that you are using IBS problems or for autoimmune disease immunity in general. You do want to actually if you’re really trying to target that you do want to get the higher doses that would be in an actual supplement.
Tip number four
It would be about dosing of probiotic supplement. So we want children to be in the five billion anywhere between five and ten billion. If you have kids have asthma or really bad allergies or are celiac or have stomach problems then we will usually do up to like the ten billion. If they need it but five billion is a general health guideline for dosing for adults. You should usually be in the ten plus. So ten to fifteen usually I say like fifteen to twenty billion units twenties on the higher end and that’s more for if you are having like autoimmune disease immunity problems. Fighting like a cold season like especially if you’re on antibiotics.
You want to be in that twenty probably even higher like the 30 to 50 billion unit per capsule dosing. So those are some general guidelines for general health 10 to 15 for adults. If we’re going in for targeted kind of treatment than like 15 to 20. If you’re on antibiotics I would say like 20 to 50 even up to 90. Now targeted treatment can be even higher with certain conditions in particular with certain conditions like irritable bowel disease.
Tip number five
The last tip would be the strains. So with strains, we want a good variety, we want at least 12 different strains. I like to have a variety of lactobacillus and Bifida strains in a product and now we can again micromanage those and individualize those. But again work with your physician or provider on that because it really is dependent on you and what kind of thing that you’re trying to work on but in general, look for a big variety of lactobacillus and Bifida SIF at least 12 different strains. The balance between those two main groups is a good guideline and if you’re not having trouble with bloating with probiotics then I would recommend getting a 1-1 that has a prebiotic in it.
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