You've probably heard of the benefits of probiotics to your digestive system. Maybe you're using some supplements right now. However, you need to be cautious to ensure you're using them correctly.
They should make their way from your mouth to your gut, while fully intact. Otherwise, they'll all go down the toilet (literally) through your pee.
Choosing the best probiotic for you is the most crucial step when you're taking probiotics.
The issue with probiotics
Keeping the probiotic capsules intact as they pass through the digestive tract is a challenge, due to stomach acid and digestive juices.
Here are 3 things to remember when you take your probiotic supplements.
1. Avoid hot drinks and caffeine
These drinks will break down the capsule if you take them simultaneously. Instead, opt for water.
2. Take with a meal or on an empty stomach
During these instances, your stomach is at its least acidic. The best time to take the supplement is 30 minutes before the meal. For best results, the meal or drink that has some fat content. Alternatively, take your probiotic first thing in the morning with a glass of water.
If you take dairy, it's excellent for transporting probiotics through the gut. Go for 2% or full-fat yogurt.
3. Eat lots of fiber-rich foods
Getting the probiotics into your gut while intact is only half the job. Once they get there, they need the right environment. Eat a high-fiber diet to support your body before and after taking probiotics.
WHAT ABOUT YOGURT?
Most conventional yogurt has few probiotics. Eating a good quality yogurt is a much better food choice. However, this still doesn't provide the same level of benefits as a probiotic food or supplement.
OPT FOR A PROBIOTIC
The best option would be to take a great quality probiotic and then eating a meal rich in fiber, with whole fruits or vegetables- daily.
If your digestive system feels sluggish, why don't you try probiotic food or supplement? Your stomach will thank you.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team