What are probiotics, exactly?

Probiotics are the good bacteria living in your gut. When you take a probiotic, whether it’s a supplement or your favorite fermented food, you’re ingesting billions of live microorganisms that help keep your gut balanced, your waste system running smoothly, and your body healthy and happy.

Over the past decade, study after study has demonstrated just how important it is to have a diverse bacterial microbiome in your gut to support a healthy body and immune system. It has been observed that health issues begin to arise when the bad bacteria start to take over, or when there aren’t enough good bacteria present in your gut to help fight off illness and infection.

Everything from digestive problems to allergies—and even mental health issues—can be traced back to your gut and the harmonic balance of good and bad bacteria. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to your gut when you’re not feeling your best, as it’s likely there’s an imbalance in good bacteria causing you to feel out of sync.

When should I take probiotics?

Probiotics can be taken every day as part of your diet and supplement routine. They will help keep you regular, help balance your mood, promote good digestion, promote weight loss, enhance immune function and a long list of extra benefits.

If an antibiotic is necessary, we highly recommend taking probiotics during and after for at least twice as a long as you were on the medication. Since the antibiotics’ job is to kill off the bad bacteria that has caused infection, one unfortunate side effect is that they kill off all the good bacteria too. This can actually make you very prone to developing yeast overgrowth! That’s why taking a probiotic supplement is essential to restore your natural, healthy gut balance much faster.

What kind of probiotic should I be taking?

To make sure your gut bacteria is diverse and balanced, you should first and foremost take a look at your diet. There are many foods that are saturated with probiotics, including sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, miso soup, and even dark chocolate. Check out tutorials by Donna Gates for DIY fermented veg recipes. Yum!

If you’re not getting at least 1 tablespoon per day of fermented foods, start meeting your body’s needs with Ortho Biotic Capsules – 1 per day, by Ortho Molecular.

If you have any questions about your gut or want to try a probiotic supplement, feel free to give us a call at (612) 922-8100.
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