Probiotics 101: 13 Things You Should Know About Before Taking Them

What the heck are prebiotics and do you need them?!
21 January 2019

Did you know that taking probiotics could potentially have an impact on your emotional health? Here’s the rundown on the things you should know.

Probiotics are a type of good bacteria that can provide you with a range of health benefits, when taken in the right amounts. These live microorganisms are said to restore the healthy balance of gut bacteria in your digestive system, regulating your stools and improving your overall immune system. Astoundingly, in some cases, the addition of probiotics are said to help manage stress levels, and control anxiety and depression.

If you’re ill, probiotics are a popular remedy for digestive problems as they can help to restore the gut flora to a balanced state. If you’re healthy, probiotics are used more like an everyday vitamin. Today, it’s easier than ever to get a probiotic boost. Consuming Yakult, eating miso or kimchi, or snacking on yoghurt with berries will all help up your probiotic intake.

Every country has a difference stance around probiotic usage, and it’s recommended to seek medical advice if you want to be absolutely certain that what you’re doing is right. As a general rule, we’ve selected 14 things you should know before you start on a course of probiotics:

By Elly Chaw, Updated by Sandhya Mahadevan, December 2018

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