Probiotics: Do you really know what you are taking?

bacteriaIf you get abdominal bloating or have taken antibiotics, read on... Every garden benefits from planting healthy new seeds. If you sometimes abdominal bloating or have taken antibiotics which can upset your natural gut ecosystem, a probiotic may be just what you need to help restore your internal garden and your digestive health. Knowing the ‘strains’ of your probiotic tells you exactly what you are planting and what it could do for your digestive function.

Each probiotic strain does a different job in your body

If you want to make pumpkin soup, you need to plant pumpkin seeds in your garden; carrot or potato seeds just won’t do. If you want to help your digestive health, supporting happy healthy gut lining throughout your digestive system is a good place to start, and the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus(FloraFIT® Lr-32) is a great choice for the job. Taking any old strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus won’t necessarily do the same thing. Same name but different strain means they give you different benefits.

How can you find out the strains in your probiotic?

Easy! Look for numbers in brackets after each probiotic name on the label. Meet Lactobacillus rhamnosus(HOWARU® HN001). Lactobacillus rhamnosusis his name, HOWARU® is his trademark, HN001 is his unique strain and tells you about him. If your probiotic has identified strains, then the company who made it met and understood what they put in your supplement and why.

HOWARU: What is it and why should you care?

HOWARU® and FloraFIT® are trademarks for quality probiotics. Probiotics with these trademarks have identified strains, so you know what you are taking. Fusion® Health Probiotic Advanced contains a combination of clinically tested HOWARU® and FloraFIT® probiotics, specially selected strains that can survive the harsh digestive environment and help colonise your digestive garden.

How many probiotic strains are beneficial: you don’t need a crowd just the right people for the job

You don’t need a whole crowd to get the job done, just the right people. A good probioticgives you a variety of strains so you get the benefits of diversity, without trying to cram an unnecessary crowd into a supplement; it’s a balance between being specific and diverse.

Mr Vitamins recommends

Fusion Health Probiotic AdvancedFusion Health® Probiotic Advanced

Fusion Health® Probiotic Advanced for abdominal bloating and healthy digestive function. Find out more about Fusion Health® Probiotic Advanced Need a refresher? Find out what a probiotic really is and what it can do for you. Check if your probioticgets the 5 ticks As always, whatever questions or concerns you have regarding bloating and digestive health, all you have to do is drop by Mr Vitamins and ‘Ask a Naturopath’.


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