In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the most commonly asked questions by new parents when it comes to probiotics.
Question 1: What kinds of bacteria might be in a probiotic?
Answer: Both the type and number of bacteria in probiotics is highly variable. A lot of different brands contain one or two strains of bacteria, and some companies even offer all-in-one products that contain a single strain. Because all strains are not created equal, it’s important to remember that just because one type may cause diarrhoea when consumed without food, others may have no effect at all. Additionally some strains may be “good” or “bad,” and not all of them will survive the digestive tract. Additionally, there is no standard playing field when it comes to probiotics, because each individual has a unique set of gut flora that can’t be easily replaced.
Question 2: Do the health benefits of probiotics come at the expense of our ability to digest food properly?
Answer: Not really. In fact, probiotic bacteria are often associated with higher levels of fibre in the diet which actually helps normalise digestion. Additionally, eating foods high in fibre and fat will also help increase your intake of certain beneficial bacteria that you may need for optimal health.
Question 3: How much probiotic supplement do I need to take?
Answer: As much as you want. The amount of bacteria you actually consume from your diet is likely several orders of magnitude more than the bacteria you’ll ever get from a diet-supplement. Larger doses may seem to be necessary for some people, but it’s best to just increase your intake rather than increasing your dosage. There is no evidence that large doses are any more effective or cause any health problems, and too high of a dose could actually be harmful or lead to unwanted side effects. So just take it when you need it.
Question 4: What do I look for when buying probiotics?
Answer: There are several things to look for in a probiotic, including: Whether the product has been tested and approved by regulatory bodies such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Health Canada, whether it contains live organisms, whether the strain of bacteria is known to be safe and effective, how often the bacteria is “expected” to be replaced by the consumer (i.e. what’s on the bottle doesn’t mean that you’ll see those bacteria in your body), and how many bacteria strains are in the product.
In conclusion, baby probiotics and organic formula are great for promoting health and reducing the risk of disease when taken in the right amounts, but since there is a lot of variation in how probiotics actually affect your body it’s important to choose a product that is effective and safe. With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to differentiate one product from another based on marketing alone, so it’s best to consult with your physician or a nutritionist to determine which supplement is right for you.