The short answer is yes. Probiotics are not the same in every food and supplement. I explain why you may want to consider supplementing in order to achieve …
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– Hi, everyone, I'm Dr. Laura Belus.
Thank you for tuning in to today's video.
The topic for today was a quick one
and something I just wanted
to do a couple minutes on
because I get asked it a lot
and I hear about it a lot:
people are always talking
about the topic of probiotics.
Now, the thing that I hear a lot about,
from a patient perspective, is:
"Oh, I don't need to take
probiotics; I eat yogurt",
or: "I eat fermented
cheese or sauerkraut",
or: "I have kombucha",
which is a fermented drink,
"once or twice a week."
Now, those are all
probiotic-containing foods;
however, they are not the
same across the board.
All probiotic-containing foods,
A: do not contain the
same amount of probiotics
and the same strains or the same types
of bugs in all of those products,
and they don't all
contain the same amounts
or the same concentration.
Now, for a healthy person who
has no digestive concerns,
no leaky gut, no concerns
about weight loss,
or having difficulty losing
that midsection weight
or feeling sluggish,
for those healthy people
having a regular consumption
of fermented foods is
encouraged, is highly encouraged.
I actually recommend two
to three fermented servings
of foods for most of the week.
The reality is most of us have issues
in the areas I just mentioned.
We have digestive concerns:
bloating, gas, cramps.
We can't tolerate certain foods.
We have poor memory or sluggish brain fog.
And all of those things
could potentially be linked
to dysbiosis, or what
we call a disimbalance
with the good and bad
bacteria in your gut.
So this often can happen
from prolonged stress,
chronic illness; most
commonly, especially in kids,
overuse of antibiotics
without supplementing
with probiotics shortly after.
So if you fall into any
of these categories,
you may have already been
to a healthcare practitioner
that's told you there's definitely
an imbalance in your gut flora.
So for these individuals,
which is unfortunately a lot of us,
we need to be considering
taking a high-quality probiotic.
Now, this includes a probiotic
that is enteric-coated,
which means it doesn't get eaten up by
the stomach acid in your stomach
and in fact will get absorbed
in the digestive tract,
and again, needs to be tested
for purity and for quantity.
A lot of probiotics out
there will say "100 billion",
and they're not coated enterically,
meaning you absorb 100 billion,
or you ingest 100 billion,
but by the time it gets
to the digestive tract,
the small intestine, you
actually may be lucky
to see 10 or 15 billion of that.
So that means 90% could be wasted
on its way down to where it should be.
So there's two things to consider here;
the first is: are you getting the amount
that the label says you're getting?
So if you're buying 100
billion, I really hope
there's actually 100
billion in your probiotic.
This is so oftentimes not the case,
so always buy a brand
that you know and trust
and that explicitly states that they test
and guarantee the quantity of
probiotics in their capsules.
And number two, make sure
that it's enterically-coated.
Make sure that it actually
will pass through the stomach,
which most oftentimes
probiotics are not needed
and will pass through the digestive tract
to the areas that it is needed.
So the amounts that you're
buying you wanna actually
make sure get absorbed in
your body where they should.
So, to answer the question
and to respond to the comment
of "I don't need probiotics
'cause I eat yogurt":
may not be good enough for most of us.
So I hope this helps clear up
some of the fog around probiotics.
And if you have any comments
about what's worked for you,
please leave them in the comments below.
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