When asked if they should take a daily probiotic, this is what Shape magazine‘s resident doctor, Dr. Mike Roussell advised readers.
We are just starting to learn how much maintaining a healthy cohort of bacteria in our digestive tract can benefit our health and quality of life.
When people have digestive problems, they often turn to probiotic supplements to improve the landscape of their digestive tract to ease their discomfort. Even if you don’t have overt issues, taking steps to improve the trillion of organisms that live in your gut is worthwhile. These bacteria have incredible abilities; besides improving your digestive system, they can can impact your immune system, influence the foods you eat, improve blood sugar, and affect leptin sensitivity, a hormone that regulates your appetite and metabolic rate.
How to Buy a Probiotic
According Shape magazine, when buying a daily Probiotic look for:
1. An expiration date. Probiotics are living organisms. You don’t want an expired batch.
2. Get enough CFUs. Probiotic potency is measured in colony forming units or CFUs. Aim for 10 to 20 million CFUs per serving.
3. Probiotics should be refrigerated, or kept in a cool, dry place away from air/heat/sun.
4. Be consistent with your use of a probiotic. Our digestive tracts are always changing. Remember to take your probiotic daily and preferably at the same time.
Healthy Bastards Probiotic Formula meets these criteria and takes it a step further by giving you a multi-strain formula free of any fillers, binders, additives, and comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee and free shipping.
Source: Shape magazine