By: Richie Anderson
Let’s talk about one of the newest (and most interesting in my opinion) areas of health and wellness, gut health.
The study and application of probiotics and gut health has been on the rise in recent years. Lets understand probiotics first and then see what the research tells us, and how they are being used in application.
Probiotic is a blanket term used for live microorganisms, including but not limited to yeast and bacteria, that reside in your gut (intestines)
1. Probiotics have gained popularity recently due to research implying that gut health can impact metabolic diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and others
2. Probiotic supplementation is the concept of assisting the body with proper microbiome in the gut, to promote healthy digestion, increase energy, and promote the decrease of certain comorbidities and life altering ailments1.
Unfortunately, the distribution and sales of probiotics is still the wild west3. Studies have shown that most probiotic supplements contain contaminants that are not on the label, so make sure you find a trusted source!
So how much should you take?
This is a very specialized question, because probiotics contain such high numbers of units. An average adult is recommended to take 10-20 billion units per day. This can cause food labels for probiotics to look overwhelming, with serving sizes using different units and having such large numbers.
If you have more questions on probiotics, please ask your Pulse Fitness Trainer, or be on the lookout for our podcast on Probiotics!
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