The gut (or the gastrointestinal tract) is an ecosystem that has millions of microorganisms. This includes probiotics, or “good” bacteria that offer a health benefit. Having a healthy gut means having a balance in the microorganisms. This affects your overall health, and ensures that your body is functioning properly.
That’s why having enough probiotics in your gut is essential. If the balance is compromised, the “bad” kind of bacteria can manifest and result in several forms of digestive trouble: indigestion, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
The solution? Taking probiotics may help boost the numbers of these healthy bacteria that naturally live in our bodies. There are several foods that are rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Another way to ensure that there are enough “healthy bacteria” in the body is through probiotic supplements.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN TAKING A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT
IMPORTANT: Please consult with your healthcare professional before using any dietary supplement.
One thing to take note of is that different strains of probiotics offer different benefits. The two commonly known types of probiotic strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus is a type that helps reduce cholesterol and combat irritable bowel syndrome while Bifidobacterium helps digest fiber and prevent infections.
Another important term to know is the CFU (colony-forming unit), in which probiotics are measured. While the recommended amount differs to each person, depending on factors such as age and diet, an estimated range of about 10-15 million CFUs that can help improve gut health.
So, is it time to go with a healthier gut? Here are two probiotic supplements we recommend!
Bioplus Probiotics (60 Capsules), now on sale at P1,296 (limited time only)
Each capsule of Bioplus8 contains 10 billion probiotic bacteria, including several strands of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. It also contains perilla leaf and pine bark, which helps reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar levels.
“I was always gassy, I often suffered from constipation, and I didn’t feel good about my digestion at all. I’m on the petite side, but I often felt so bloated. Today, I wake up feeling so light. Probiotics also help reduce belly fat, and I’m confident that it had this effect on me too! And what good timing, too, since I have a couple of beach trips scheduled.” - Cathy Dario
Huga Nutrition Probiotics Gummy Vitamins Yogurt Flavor (60 Gummies), now on sale at P485 (limited time only)
This yogurt flavored probiotic contains 2 billion CFU probiotics per gummy. This is recommended for those who don’t require a large dose of probiotics in their diet, or who regularly consume food and drinks that are already rich in probiotics. One thing to take note is that these gummies are coated in light sugar, but there’s no denying that it’s a more enjoyable and yummier way of taking your probiotics.
“Bloating has always been an issue of mine. Even if I don’t eat a lot, my stomach always looks and feels like it ballooned up. So, I’ve been proactively taking steps to reduce bloat: drinking more water, reducing my sugar intake, and taking a probiotic supplement daily Ever since I started taking Huga Nutrition’s Probiotics Gummy Vitamins in the morning, I noticed that my bowel movements became regular fast—and it’s always a smooth experience! I would always feel lighter and my stomach doesn’t feel plugged up. It’s a great way to start the day! The gummy vitamins also taste like Yakult, which is a pleasant surprise.” - Angie Garcia
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