How do you know if you need to take probiotics?
Probiotics undeniably can help recovery from a wide range of health conditions, and the research has clearly proven this, but how do you know if you actually need them?
The primary sign you need probiotics is that your symptoms are still there even after implementing a healthy diet and lifestyle.
We know probiotics are proven to be beneficial, especially if you’re:
Experiencing non-specific health symptoms like brain fog, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, and mood or sleep disturbances
Improving your diet, sleep, and exercise regime and still not feeling better
Correcting gut imbalances caused by leaky gut syndrome or SIBO
Have taken anti-biotics, particularly if you have diarrhoea as a result
You will notice, probiotics aren’t just a nice to have that you pick up, in passing, at the chemist. When used wisely, they can actually be effective at supporting recovery from health issues like these.
How do you choose probiotics?
First, let’s layout the ground rules for choosing a probiotic:
Don’t buy junk! Quality assurance practices do matter so that you know you are getting the potency and strains you paid for. The bottle you grabbed at the supermarket may not contain what you think! If in doubt, it’s best to get your probiotics from a trusted practitioner.
Mixing probiotics, including types of probiotics, is likely more effective than a single strain. More strains is generally better.
Please remember that while probiotics can improve chronic health issues such as IBS, SIBO and bloating, mood and skin complaints, some people need to layer in other interventions and do lab testing to see results. It’s best to do this with a practitioner.
The 3 Types of Probiotics for Gut Health
But taking probiotics doesn’t need to be complicated. Yes, there are a lot of different probiotic strains, but all you really need to know are the three main probiotic categories. Nearly every probiotic product can be classified into one of these categories.
2. Saccharomyces Boulardii (a healthy fungus)
3. Soil-Based Probiotics
One of the main effects of probiotics is that they can help to balance the bacteria in the gut (our microbiome). Many people don’t achieve this balance using just one type of probiotic or with just probiotic food alone. This may be why probiotics have not worked for you in the past. In my clinic, I usually see the best results when combining all 3 types of probiotics.
Here, in Australia, I recommend two products, to be used in combination, which will cover all 3 types of probiotics:
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How long before I know they are working ?
After a week or two on these 3 types of probiotics, you should start to see an improvement in your symptoms.
What exactly will you notice?
As probiotics can help a wide-array of conditions, what you notice will vary from person to person. Just be mindful of what is going on in your body. If you notice anything improve around this time, it’s likely due to the probiotics.
How long should I take them for?
Continue taking the probiotics for as long as you continue to improve. If you notice no improvement after a month, then they are likely not helping, and if they make you feel worse, reduce your dose or stop taking them..
If you feel somewhat better, but not completely, you can then look at other interventions or work with a practitioner on your health issues.