By Molly Knudsen, MS, RDN
Between trying to eat a balanced diet, getting enough exercise, and sleeping a sufficient amount, is remembering to take a probiotic every day really essential for your health?
Probiotic studies usually research the effects of taking probiotics daily, so occasional use isn’t likely to have the same positive health outcomes.
Here are three research-backed benefits of having specific probiotic strains daily:
Are similar benefits observed when consuming fermented foods?Fermented foods may contain live microorganisms that act as probiotics. However, food manufacturers rarely disclose the genus, species, and strains of bacteria in their products. It’s important to remember daily consumption of specific probiotic strains produced the health benefits found in research. You may have to do some digging to determine if fermented foods contain clinically studied probiotic strains.
What else can I do to support my gut?Discussing a well-researched probiotic with your healthcare practitioner is a great start to achieving your health goals. But there are additional steps you can take toward keeping your gut healthy and happy as well.
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