Getting older means getting wiser, and taking care of my body. That means inside and out. I recently came across a company called uBiome, who takes a sample of your stool and tells you what good (or bad) bacterias are in there. I knew having IBS, and a list of other things, that they would certainly find something. After getting my report back though, I noticed I was either missing or extremely low on several probiotics that were essential to my health. I knew nothing about probiotics at the time. I figured I would take the paper to my doctor, or to a local health store and figure it out.
So what are Probiotics?
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that support a healthy digestive system and your overall wellbeing. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” This means that a true probiotic should provide live, viable cells that arrive alive in the gut to do their work.
Why do we even need them?
With a high quality probiotic, you can help to support less digestive issues, such as bloating, constipation or gas, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. With more than 70% of the immune system located in the gut, immune health is another great benefit of certain probiotic supplements. Many people say they feel more energized and happier when gut health is addressed.
PROBIOGEN provides true, living spore probiotics where you need them most for a difference you can feel. Probiotics begin to do their work once they’ve arrived in the gut. Our Smart Spore™ strains have a clinically proven 99% survival rate in the gut, which is 100x better than leading brands and yogurt, who use inferior strains that just don’t make it past the harsh stomach acid.
We DNA verify every strain in every batch, ensuring what we claim on our label is actually in our product. Scarily enough, that’s not required in the industry and almost no one is doing this testing! Studies show that the vast majority of products tested do not meet the label claim, meaning that what the companies claim on the label as the strains in the product are not actually the strains found in the capsules.
PROBIOGEN is also unique in offering tailored probiotics for specific health needs. We have formulas for men and women, as well as support for healthy mood, immunity, and a healthy weight. What’s unique is that true probiotics actually enhance the absorption of these key nutrients, making them much more effective (and convenient).
Now that I knew what a probiotic is and why I needed it, did it work? Short answer- YES. I am taking vitamins (just simply daily ones from HUM) and the Probiogen Women’s Probiotic each day. I have not had any bloating, significantly less gassy feeling, and nearly zero IBS issues! (Please understand I have done my own research, and seen my own doctor who approved this method for me. Seek guidance from your PCM before starting anything new.) I have seen a huge improvement in my gut health just from adding back the good pieces I was missing or lacking. Also, Probigen costs less than the brand I was going to purchase in the store. (Hey, saving money is a good feeling too!). I think I would like to add the Stress & Mood Probiotic and also the Weight Management probiotic!
Probiogen sent me a few of their products to try out in exchange for my review. I absolutely would recommend them!
Side note, if you are a woman interested in the uBiome testing, they do also have a SmartJane test. I have taken both and been very pleased with results from them. Ubiome tests bill insurance providers.
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