While some fermented foods may contain a higher number of probiotics than found in certain supplements, their efficacy is also up for debate. Unfortunately, the naturally-occurring probiotics in fermented foods have reduced survivability rates when passing through stomach acid. Even yogurt, long-touted for its probiotics, often doesn’t make it long enough to colonize your intestines.
So, what does this mean? You may achieve some benefits as the ingested probiotics from fermented foods begin communicating with your existing gut bacteria, but they’re less likely to improve your microbiome by recolonizing good bacteria. Even if some of the introduced bacteria survive your stomach acid, the positive benefits you experience will need ongoing support. Your gut bacteria are in constant evolution and some bacteria are excreted on a daily basis. As soon as you stop taking the fermented products, your system will be clearing some of the beneficial bacteria that you have ingested.
Survival of the Fittest
Probiotic supplements are the best way to ensure your probiotics are colonizing to promote gut health, but not all supplements are created equally. When choosing which probiotics to take, it’s important to look at a few key factors:
- Probiotic Species: Not all probiotics have the same properties. Certain strains offer a naturally higher acid-resistance, which increases their chance of surviving your stomach. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are the two to look for.
- Colony-Forming Units (CFU): The standard measurement used for probiotics, a colony-forming unit is a bacteria that is able to live and reproduce to form new colonies. Look for products that contain the CFU count you want within one serving size so you can avoid having to measure the correct dosage.
- Dosage: For the most benefit, it is recommended to consume between 5 – 10 billion CFUs daily or every other day. Maintenance dosages can be smaller, but if you are addressing a specific problem, talk with your doctor about a temporary increased dosage.
What Makes H2PRO Different
H2PRO’s unique blend of probiotics were specifically chosen and prepared to survive the high-acid environment of your gut. Our formula includes Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, two probiotic strains that are acid-resistant and have high survivability in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
To further increase survivability, we lyophilize our probiotics. Lyophilization, or freeze-drying, is the conversion of water from a frozen state to a gaseous state without going through a liquid state. This process removes moisture from the cells while the live bacteria remain frozen. The lyophilization process was uniquely developed to preserve microorganisms of excellent quality, with longer shelf life, improved biological stability, and a higher acid-resistance.
Lyophilizing H2PRO’s already acid-resistant probiotic species has been clinically-proven to create a high survivability rate when passing through the acidic environment of the GI tract and the bile acids of the duodenum.
Tips for Increasing the Efficacy of Your Probiotics
Although the formula you choose plays an important role in how effective probiotics will be for you, your habits can also have a large impact. When taking probiotics, there are a few things you should remember:
- High-temperature food or drink can kill probiotics, so be sure to avoid adding your supplement to hot items.
- Refrain from mixing your powder or supplement with alcohol, which can drastically reduce the efficacy of the bacteria.
- The number of CFUs applies to the product at the time of manufacturing, and probiotics do have a shelf life. Be sure to check expiration dates and don’t leave your powder or pill exposed to the elements.
- Taking your probiotic supplements with food will further improve survivability in the high acid environment of the upper GI tract.
Armed with the correct information, a discerning eye, and a few simple guidelines, you can have better digestive health with probiotics. #loveyourguts!