What are the Effects of Taking Probiotics?

woman_pillsNowadays it seems like we hear about the benefits of probiotics everywhere we turn. New studies continue to find a strong connection between a balanced gut and overall well-being, and more and more health practitioners are recommending probiotic supplements to their patients to help balance the gut and promote good digestive health.‡ Still, many people question whether or not there are any probiotics side effects. Here is the answer:

“Side effects” is actually a medical term used in the labeling of various pharmaceutical products. Probiotics are not pharmaceutical drugs. They are dietary supplements that have many beneficial effects on the human body.‡ Some of those effects include better elimination, changes in bowel habits, and—similar to when you consume a new food—they may produce occasional gas or bloating.‡ Also similar to consuming a new food, eating too much may present digestive challenges for the first-time user.‡

Essentially, it is possible to consume too much for your constitution the first time, and a way to address that and improve the effectiveness of your probiotic supplement is to decrease the dose by half or more in the beginning. Then, gradually increase the amount each day until your body adjusts and you are satisfied with the results.

Remember: probiotics are the “good” or “friendly” bacteria that occur naturally in the gut, but factors such as age, poor diet, stress, and the use of certain medications (including antibiotics) can deplete our bodies of billions of good bacteria and upset a healthy digestive balance. Ninety percent of digestion and up to 80 percent of immune function occurs in the digestive tract, so having a good balance of bacteria is important to our digestive, immune, and overall health.‡

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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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