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What to Know About Probiotics

In Partnership with Phillips® Colon Health

I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of Phillips® Colon Health to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

As the importance of gut health gets highlighted more and more each day, I’ve also noticed a surge in clients asking me about probiotics. Most of my clients know that I don’t recommend supplements – personally, I feel that, unless we’re deficient in something, most vitamins and minerals that we need can be obtained from food. That said, I have one major exception to that guideline – probiotics. Probiotics are one of the only supplements that I think everyone can benefit from. They restore good bacteria to the gut to help with any discomfort or stomach issues and honestly, it really just can’t hurt to take them – there’s no downside.

With the growing popularity of probiotics, it’s more important now than ever to know exactly what you’re taking and why. So, when Phillips’® reached out to me about their Colon Health® Probiotic Capsules, I was definitely intrigued. Here’s what I learned out this specific probiotic.

What’s In It

Specially selected probiotics: Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium longum. In plain English, these species of probiotics are similar to the beneficial bacteria that are naturally found in the GI tract. Consequently, they’re also 3 of the most commonly used types of probiotics.

Additionally, these probiotics contain 1.75 billion CFUs. I know: sounds great, but what are CFUs?! CFUs, or Colony Forming Units, show how many bacteria in probiotics are able to divide and form colonies (which we want!). In general, a good probiotic should have at least 1 billion CFUs – so this one definitely fits the bill.

How to Take It

Phillips’® Colon Health® Daily Probiotic claims to help with occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. It’s recommended to take the pills with food at the same time every day. What I love about Phillips’® Probiotics specifically is that they’re realistic – they don’t promise life-changing results after a day. Instead, they note that the probiotics do not “work” immediately, and that if often might take some time for you to feel their benefits (which is much more normal and realistic!).

To see if these probiotics were really as good as they seem, I’ve been trying them each morning with my breakfast. It’s only been about a week, but I’ve started to notice that my stomach feels more settled during the day. That said, I’m super excited to see how I feel after a few more weeks!

As a disclaimer, everyone is definitely different. You might feel an effect from probiotics sooner or later, or maybe not at all. The good news is, like I mentioned before, is that there’s only a benefit to taking a daily probiotic. It can’t hurt to try. On the off chance that you don’t feel the benefits, or if you really want to go all in with digestive health, here’s what else you can do for a healthy gut.

What Else You Can Do

Try eating more gut-friendly foods. Probiotic-containing foods are a simple way to add more probiotics to your diet, even in addition to taking a daily supplement. This is as easy as adding more foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso and even soft cheese to your diet. Prebiotics are the precursors to probiotics, AKA the foods that can help form more good bacteria in the gut, and found in many common foods too. Try eating foods like onions, garlic, artichokes and oats more often to get their prebiotic functions.

It can also be helpful to eat more veggies (something I’m always in support of!). A healthy diet in general supports a healthy microbiome. Plus, the fiber in vegetables feed our gut bacteria, making them thrive and increase. Fiber also helps everything in the GI tract run smoothly, which is super beneficial for a healthy gut. Finally, make sure to drink enough water! Getting enough water is crucial for all of our body’s function, including supporting healthy gut bacteria for overall digestive health.

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