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What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics contain live active cultures. They help support a healthy digestive system by maintaining the balance of "good" bacteria in your gut. This in turn can help to boost your immune system and reduce digestive issues. Probiotic pills are a dietary supplement designed to be taken every day. Keep in mind that while probiotics have been researched and are generally safe, research is still ongoing and the FDA has not evaluated any of these claims. You should always consult your doctor before starting any new treatments, including probiotics.
What are Probiotics Good For?
Since probiotics contain beneficial bacteria, they provide you with a wide range of health benefits. Taking probiotics can help you maintain a healthy balance, which in turn may improve the strength of your immune system to help you fight infections. Probiotics can also reduce and control inflammation, which may also reduce pain in the body. They also assist the body naturally by helping it produce higher levels of vitamins in the blood. This supplement is also great for supporting the cells that line your gut, protecting your body from letting bad bacteria enter into the bloodstream.
What is the Best Time to Take Probiotics?
It's best to take your probiotic every day and to take it as directed. In order for the probiotics to be effective, they need to get through your stomach acid as quickly as possible. When possible, take your probiotics on an empty stomach. This means you should take it around two to three hours after your last meal, and about 30 minutes before your next meal. When you take it on an empty stomach, it allows the probiotics to move through your stomach fast so they can get to work.
How Often Should You Take Probiotics?
In order to ensure maximum effectiveness, probiotics should be taken every day. Choose a brand and formula that you like and stick with the same brand for at least four weeks in order to feel the effects. It's best not to switch brands until you've tried the same one for at least four weeks. If you're unhappy with the brand at that time, you can always switch to another one. The type and the number of strains that your probiotic contains will vary, so be sure to read labels carefully for dose information. Ideally, you should continue to take a probiotic every day in order to keep your immune system strong and your body healthy.
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CVS carries all the best probiotic brands for you to choose from. Probiotics commonly come in tablets and capsules, but gummies and powders are also available. Antibiotics, health concerns, and other factors can cause the balance of bacteria in your gut to shift. If there is more non-beneficial bacteria than "good" bacteria present, you become vulnerable to a host of digestive and immune concerns. Probiotics work by delivering live cultures of "good" bacteria to your gut. This "good" bacteria will naturally replace the non-beneficial bacteria in your gut so that your digestive system stays properly balanced.
Probiotics for Kids
Probiotics aren't just for adults. Probiotics for kids are designed to balance their gut bacteria, support their growing immune systems, and keep their digestion running smoothly. Children's probiotics are formulated for their smaller bodies, and are available from many popular brands, such as Culturelle Kids and Renew Life. Children's probiotics, just like those for adults, are generally taken daily. Keep in mind that while probiotics are thought to enhance health, the FDA has not evaluated these supplements. Be sure to consult your child's pediatrician before administering probiotics.