Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when ingested, may provide a variety of health benefits.* In Greek and Latin etymology, probiotics translates to “for life.” These healthy, friendly bacteria help support a variety of functions throughout the body by helping the gut microbiome to repopulate with healthy, diverse microbes.*
There is a lot of information available about probiotics, and you may see a lot of terminology used. The list below will help us better understand probiotics so we can delve into their various health benefits:
Probiotics: The body naturally contains both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are good, friendly bacteria that can be found both within the body as well as in the diet through certain fermented foods or dietary supplements. When consumed, probiotics can promote a variety of health benefits by supporting a healthy gut flora balance.* You may find probiotics in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha and other fermented foods.
Gut Flora: Also called gut microflora, intestinal flora, intestinal microflora or microflora. The gut flora consists of bacteria and other organisms that live inside the intestines to help digest food and even make some vitamins, such as vitamin K and biotin.
Gut Bacteria: Gut bacteria consists of 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria that use their metabolic activities to influence food cravings, satiety, and break down complex molecules in meats and vegetables. The diversity of the microbiota correlates with diet.
Microbiota: The combination of gut bacteria and other microorganisms and their their genetic material that naturally exist within a specific environment, such as gut microbiota, which is the main location of microbiota in the human body.
Microbiome: The total collection of microorganisms present in the human body or part of the body.
Probiotic Strains: The genetic subtypes of probiotic species that have different effects in the body.* You will see the probiotic strain names on food or supplement labels, along with the species name.
Colony Forming Units (CFUs): The number of live and active microorganisms that can be found in each serving of a probiotic supplement.
Why Supplement Probiotics?
As we mentioned above, the diversity of the microbiota correlates to a diverse diet. Various factors of modern life such as stress, poor sleep patterns, processed food and excess sugar can cause imbalances in the gut microbiome.* When the gut microbiome is imbalanced or lacks enough diversity, adverse health effects such as gastrointestinal distress, sleep disturbances, fatigue, skin conditions and food intolerances can occur.*
Supplementing with probiotics can support a healthy and diverse gut microbiome.* Including fermented foods or probiotic supplements can help maintain the balance of the intestinal microflora for overall digestive health, as well as a host of other wellness benefits.* Benefits may vary depending on the strains and quantity of live probiotics consumed, so it's important to include a variety of probiotic cultures in your wellness regimen.*
The Benefits of Probiotics
The gut is the largest organ in the body, home to over 100 trillion gut bacteria. The gut microbiome can impact diverse functions throughout the body including digestive health, immune health, sleep support, cardiovascular health and more.* That's why it's important to maintain a diverse, healthy and balanced gut microbiome.* Supplementing with the right probiotics can help support this balance to promote general wellness.*
When Should I Take Them?
Consistency is key with any wellness regimen. Each probiotic supplement may come with different directions on dosing and timing. Some may suggest taking probiotics on an empty stomach before breakfast, while others may not have a specification. The most important advice is to find a time and routine that works best for your wellness regimen.
The Nature's Lab Gold Difference
Nature’s Lab Gold offers two probiotics products containing patented Floradapt™ probiotics. The specific probiotic strains in these formulas have been isolated and purified into clinical strains to support gastrointestinal health and cardiovascular health, respectively.* Both Nature's Lab Gold Intensive G.I. Probiotics and Cardio Probiotics contain clinically tested and patented formulas with three strains of diverse probiotics.*
Cardio Probiotics contains a patented formula of probiotic strains that support the production of an enzyme that may promote heart health and healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels (already within normal range).* This product contains 1.2 billion live CFUs per serving.