If you have ever had tummy trouble after taking antibiotics, you might have been advised by your healthcare provider to try probiotics. But what are these supplements, and are they helpful for dieters?
Your digestive system contains a wide range of bacteria, which have functions ranging from assisting your immune system to keeping your intestines functioning smoothly. If you get sick, take antibiotics or have intestinal issues, the balance of “good” bacteria can get upset. And that’s where probiotics can help.*
Even if you don’t have problems, taking a probiotic supplement can help support healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in your body and may support overall digestive and immune health.* Choosing a good-quality supplement is important.
For example, Nutrition Now PB 8® Pro-Biotic Acidophilus For Life is gluten-free, soy-free and milk-free. Be sure to refrigerate it after you open it to preserve the bacteria. You could also try Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus, which features eight different probiotics and is room temperature stable–no refrgeration required!
Do you suffer from occasional as pains or constipation? Acidophilus, available in products such as Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls may help.*
And consider taking prebiotics, such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which can help support the growth of probiotics such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. Kal NutraFlora® FOS is a convenient powder that can be added easily to smoothies and cold beverages.
If you have a child, ask your pediatrician about the potential benefits of kid-friendly probiotics, such as Amerifit Nutrition Culturelle® Probiotics for Kids.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.