Most people didn’t know about probiotics when they were growing up, so there’s a good chance your mother made you take chewable vitamin C tablets and even cod liver oil, but not probiotic supplements. However, if you have occasional digestive issues, probiotic supplements may soon become your best friend. Probiotics are the good bacteria that you need for balance in your digestive flora1. Read on to discover more about probiotics and how they work in the gastrointestinal system.
Why You Need Probiotics
Your digestive system relies on a balance of both good and bad bacteria to do its job. However, a bacteria imbalance can lead to all kinds of gastrointestinal issues2. One way you can support your gut balance3 is by taking probiotics, which are available in foods as well as supplements.
Two Kinds of Bacteria
There are many different kinds of probiotic supplements on the market, but many of them include a wide range of bacteria strains and take a scattershot approach to treating gut problems. This is like overpacking your suitcase for a short trip, just in case it rains or snows, is sunny or windy, or is hot or cold. These probiotics may simply be too complex for most people’s needs.
Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Digestive Probiotics includes just two strains. Lactobacillus plantarum works in the small intestine to naturally help relieve occasional gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.† Bifidobacterium lactis works in the large intestine to naturally help relieve occasional constipation and irregularity.† In the analogy above, consider it the waterproof jacket with zip-out lining that keeps you from packing too much.
These bacteria may also be found in some fermented foods such as yogurt and cheese, but most people aren't sure how much they need to eat to get the necessary probiotic benefits. Because of this, supplements are typically an easier option.
How It Works
Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Digestive Probiotics are formulated to get to where they need to go in the gut.
While many single-strain formulations only support digestive balance or regularity, Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action’s double-strain formulation means that it gives probiotic coverage to both the small and large intestines†.
The goal of probiotics is to support the colonization of healthy bacteria in the small and large intestines. To accomplish this, you can consistently and continually consume probiotic supplements such as Nature Made® Dual Action probiotics. Take the supplement daily, along with a meal, to support a healthy microbial balance in your gut and support regularity†.
1Magee, E. (2009, January 21). Probiotics Supplements Benefits, Types, and Safety. Retrieved August 10, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/answers-to-your-questions-about-probiotics?page=1#1
2Collins, S. (2014). What Is Your Gut Bacteria Telling You? Retrieved August 10, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/news/20140820/your-gut-bacteria Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH
3Sly, B. (2016). The Four Rs: How to Restore Optimal Gut Health. Retrieved August 10, 2016, from http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/the-four-rs-how-to-restore-optimal-gut-health
How to Get the Most Out of Taking Probiotics
If you’ve been taught to view bacteria as a bad thing, you’re only half right. There are both good and bad bacteria in your body. These good bacteria are known as probiotics, and they help keep your digestive system healthy and functioning well.
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