Are Probiotics necessary?

Taking a probiotics:

Improves the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut and vagina*

Strengthens immune response*

Enhances regularity and bowel comfort*

The only catch is that the improvements are “transient,”meaning they only last as long as you take the probiotic.

The study notes that gut bacteria are “sensitive to multiple factors, such as lifestyle, aging, and disease.” Changes in diet, as well as alcohol consumption, can upset the ratio of beneficial to harmful bacteria in your system. Plus, as you age, your population of gut bacteria changes. That’s why proactive steps to maintain a good bacterial balance—like taking a probiotic supplement—are so crucial to your health.

There are two practical takeaways here:

Unless you’re addressing a temporary digestive challenge, taking a probiotic is like taking a multivitamin. It’s a long-term commitment to protecting your overall wellness.*

To help the beneficial bacteria in a probiotic supplement survive and thrive in your gut, it’s important to down enough fiber from whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Why? Because fiber is what bacteria eat. They’ll stick around longer if you feed them.

Probiotics are not all the same; different strains have different benefits. To get an idea of which probiotic is right for you, take a look at this list of some of the most-studied strains:

Bifidobacterium bifidum

Promotes healthy weight gain and gut health in babies*

Helps relieve gas, bloating, and occasional constipation/loose stool in grownups*

Works in the young, middle-aged and elderly to give the immune system a boost*

Bifidobacterium breve

Helps open up the airways so kids can breathe easy*

Bifidobacterium longum

Promotes digestive comfort for tiny tummies*

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Helps folks suffering from lactose intolerance enjoy dairy products again*

 Lactobacillus casei

Provides nasal comfort and sinus relief*

Firms up occasional loose stool*

Supports your pearly whites by improving the bacterial composition of your mouth*

Lactobacillus plantarum

Soothes dry, irritated skin*

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Comforts sensitive skin and firms up loose stools*

Protects kiddos’ teeth by improving the bacterial composition of their mouths*

Supports vaginal health and comfort*

Lactobacillus salivarius

Makes you more regular*

Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardi

Firms up occasional loose stool*

A full line of probiotics:

Flora offers a wide array of refrigerated and shelf-stable probiotics—11 in all—with strains tailored for people of every age, from our Toddler’s Probiotic to our Advanced Adult’s Probiotic. We also make customized blends for specific times in your life, such as Pregnancy Care Probiotic and Travel Care Probiotic.

Probiotics work, but only if you make them a regular habit. Just like eating right and exercising.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.