Probiotics–-you’ve heard the term and you’ve probably heard that these live bacteria and yeasts are good for your health, especially your digestive system.
But when you go to the store, you can be overwhelmed by a whole range of probiotic choices. Yogurts, fermented foods and drinks, supplements. Choosing the right probiotic can become a daunting task. To make sure you always choose a quality probiotic supplement that enhances optimal digestive health, stick to the following guidelines.
Probiotics and Your Gut
A healthy gut is a healthy person. Your gut comprises about 70% of your immune system and is critical for brain function, body chemistry balance, and getting nutrients into a usable form for the body to absorb. When your microflora, or gut bacteria, become imbalanced, your health suffers.
Probiotics are invaluable in replenishing and restoring microfloral balance. However, many of the probiotics on the market will not help you achieve healthy microflora. For example, many commercially available yogurts cannot supply live, healthy microfloral strains and are generally loaded with sugar.
Guidelines for Choosing the Right Probiotic Supplement
To find a probiotic supplement that does replenish and restore microfloral balance, choose a one that has all of these key features:
- Stability – Make sure the bacteria count is guaranteed through the product’s expiration date, not just at the time of manufacture.
- Heat Resistant – Probiotics should be stable at room temperature and heat resistant.
- Suitable for Travel – Look for a probiotic that has no refrigeration required so you can take your supplement with you wherever you are. It should be taken every day.
- Packaged in Glass – Find a probiotic that is packed in glass to avoid antibiotic deterioration. Plastic bottles can allow moisture in, which results in the destruction of antibiotics.
- Dairy Free – Make sure you find a dairy-free probiotic: dairy by-products used in manufacturing can easily kill off helpful probiotic strains.
- Human Strain – When looking for a probiotic, look for a human strain supplement. These implant naturally in the intestine and produce better long-term effects and outcomes.
- Formulated for all ages – Get a probiotic that is suitable for the entire family to ensure that all your loved ones can be proactive about their gut and overall digestive health.
Quality Probiotic Options Available
So with these 7 key guidelines for probiotics, what probiotic supplement should you choose? Consider Kyo-Dophilus probiotics from Wakunaga of America, Co. Ltd., a trusted brand that has been the innovator in this field for thirty years.
Kyo-Dophilus contains “The Friendly Trio” of human strain organisms – Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. The blending of these three probiotic strains together provides superior microfloral support, protects and nourishes your gut, improves your immunity, and improves your metabolism. Kyo-Dophilus contains 1.5 billion cells per capsule, is dairy-free, packaged in glass, shelf-stable and needs no refrigeration.
Kyo-Dophilus meets all 7 of the key guidelines for choosing a quality probiotic and is a superior probiotic choice for you and your family. For adults, I recommend taking 1 capsule, 1-3 times daily with meals. You can also purchase a vegetarian version of the formula, Kyo-Dophilus Chewable Tablets or Kyo-Dophilus One Per Day to receive the same benefits. For children, Wakunaga also makes a Kid’s Kyo-Dophilus, with 1 billion cells per tablet that can be taken once daily. Adults can also choose to take 1 capsule of Kyo-Dophilus plus Enzymes with meals twice daily, to reap the rewards of The Friendly Trio and a broad range digestive enzymes for further gut support.
Human clinical research studies support the probiotic mixture of “The Friendly Trio” found in Kyo-Dophilus. Lactobacillus gasseri, B. bifidum and B. longum combined together as a dietary supplement is reported to (1) improve immunity (2) shorten the duration of the common cold and reduce severity of symptoms (3) improve quality of life in those with seasonal allergies (4) decrease GUT inflammation, (5) reduce symptoms of IBS – irritable bowel syndrome.
Improve Your Gut Health With a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle
As with most all health conditions, a healthy diet and lifestyle also play an important role in supporting your gut microflora. Preserve your gut microflora by doing the following:
- Eat a diet low in refined sugars and carbohydrates and low in inflammatory foods. Reduce your intake of sugary drinks, white breads, baked goods, and pretzels or chips. Inflammatory foods include red meats, vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, fried foods and fast foods, dairy, artificial sweeteners and colors, saturated fats, processed or preserved meats and alcohol.
- Avoid over-training when exercising and don’t take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil ) and naproxen (Alleve). Over-training and taking NSAIDs is reported to damage intestinal cells and lead to microfloral imbalances.
- Avoid using over-the-counter drugs for stomach ulcers or acid indigestion. Drugs such as Zantac (ranitidine) and Tagamet (cimetidine) can cause microfloral imbalances.
- Be aware that birth control pills and “steroids” (corticosteroids like prednisone and cortisone) can also kill off “good” microflora.
In closing, remember to choose wisely when purchasing a probiotic supplement…and know the wise choice is Kyo-Dophilus!
James LaValle R.Ph., C.C.N
James LaValle is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board-certified clinical nutritionist, and founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment.
This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.