When is the Best Time to Take a Probiotic?

clock_and_handsFor many people, taking a probiotic supplement is just part of their daily routine. After all, the friendly bacteria pack a powerful punch when it comes to maintaining a balanced digestive system and supporting immune health from one season to the next.‡ But the question we hear a lot at Renew Life is:

What is the best time of day to take my probiotic supplement?

We recently brought the question to our team of experts, and here’s what they had to say:

Take a high-potency, multi-strain probiotic in a delayed-release capsule at any time of day, with or without food.

How simple is that? And whether you have a specific need or you simply want to maintain good digestion and health, Renew Life makes it easy to choose the right probiotic supplement for you and your family.‡

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Sugar Cravings? Talk a Walk!

walkingBenjamin Franklin once said nothing is certain except death and taxes. Obviously he forgot about sugar cravings. Despite doing everything right, many of us just can’t get through the day without those pesky little hankerings getting in the way. What’s the solution? According to researchers in Austria, it may be as simple as taking a walk.

Scientists from the University of Innsbruck recently recruited a group of overweight individuals to participate in an interesting study. All of the men and women were used to a high-sugar diet but were asked to avoid sugar for three full days, after which they underwent a series of tests.

In a lab, participants were instructed to do one of two things for a period of 15 minutes: walk briskly on a treadmill or simply sit still. They were then asked them to perform specific tasks intended to produce feelings of stress—since stress and anxiety often trigger sugar cravings. Notably, the participants who had spent time on the treadmill reported only mild cravings and exhibited lower stress levels and a more positive mood.

Results of the study, published last month in the journal PLOS ONE, indicate that “short bouts of physical activity” may play a key role in helping to reduce sugar cravings in people who are overweight, especially during stressful situations.

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