The gut is essentially the powerhouse of the body and immune system. A healthy gut ensures normal functioning of the body, digestive system and is linked to many other benefits for the body. Probiotics are the live, active bacteria that the gut needs to restore gut health and fight the bad bacteria. A lack of probiotic bacteria can lead to some uncomfortable symptoms, like bloating, gas and digestive issues.
Eating a balanced, healthy diet can help improve gut health. Probiotics occur naturally in many foods, which you can add into your diet. These foods include:
Probiotic supplements are another helpful way to get additional probiotics to the gut, if, because of allergies and dietary requirements, you can’t add them naturally to your diet. They come in a variety of forms to make adding them to your routine easy – powders, tablets, capsules and liquids. Many of them are also vegan-friendly.
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Is it okay to take a probiotic every day?
It is perfectly safe to take a probiotic supplement every day, and is recommended for consistency. However, this is only necessary for individuals who are experiencing issues and an imbalance of bacteria in the gut.
What are the signs you need probiotic supplements?
If you’re lacking in probiotics and require supplements, your body will let you know. Signs include:
- Digestive irregularity
- If you’ve taken antibiotics (you need probiotics to balance out the bacteria)
- Skin problems (e.g. rashes, irritation)
- Regular gas, bloating and heartburn
- Feeling tired and sluggish
If you’re unsure about whether you need supplements or not, check with your GP as they can inform you on the best options and test for various conditions.
What happens when you start taking probiotic supplements?
Bodies need time to adjust when taking new medications and supplements, so when you first start taking probiotic supplements, you may notice some symptoms. Some people will experience bloating, gas or diarrhoea as the gut gets used to the increase in good bacteria. These side effects should clear up within a few days or weeks at most. If you experience continuing discomfort and side effects, consult your doctor.