Take probiotics? Yes, but right! - 5 tips for taking your probiotic correctly

Probiotika nehmen? Ja, aber richtig! – 5 Tipps zur richtigen Einnahme deines Probiotikums

by Züleyha Aydin

According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), probiotics are living microorganisms that bring health benefits to humans if they are ingested in sufficient quantities. The hype about the health-promoting bacteria is great, but what needs to be considered so that the little helpers can help us to live a healthier life?

Why why why? Our 5-point list helps you avoid the 5 biggest mistakes when taking probiotics.

Content:

  1. Multiculturalism is better - also for the intestinal flora
  2. The right brand does it
  3. And the marmot greets you every day
  4. Antibiotics and alcohol have side effects - also for probiotics
  5. Probiotics are easy to keep

1. Multiculturalism is better - also for the intestinal flora

When choosing your probiotic, make sure that your product contains a sufficient amount of health-promoting bacteria. Because when it comes to probiotics, more is more. Many products contain only a small number of bacteria or unbalanced bacterial cultures, which means that the intake does not have any significant effect.

The human gut is the most densely populated place in the world and diversity is good for it. So when you buy your product, keep an eye not only on whether it contains probiotics, but also whether there are enough and different ones.

2. It's the right brand

Only trust a transparent company when buying probiotics. Because transparency affects not only the products and the ingredients, but also the information that the brand offers. With which ulterior motive does the brand approach its products? Is the company based on studies or ingredients with demonstrable positive properties? Does the company do enough educational work, whether through social media or other forms? All points that should be considered.

3. And the marmot greets you every day

Hopefully, if you follow the first two points, you've bought a good product. But only half of it is done, because probiotics must also be taken correctly. It is not enough to throw in a few pills every now and then - taking probiotics regularly is crucial.

You certainly know regularity from all other things that should do your body good, such as medication. It is no different with probiotics: it is best to take them every morning. Avoid hot foods about 30 minutes before and after ingestion. The little helpers are sensitive to heat and can only reach your intestine intact and settle optimally.But don't worry, you can drink your coffee or tea half an hour later.

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4. Antibiotics and alcohol have side effects - also for probiotics

Your doctor only means well if he prescribes antibiotics for you: pathogenic bacteria that affect your health must be killed to relieve your immune system. Undesirable side effect of many antibiotics: the digestion is turned upside down.

According to studies, probiotics appear to be the solution during antibiotic therapy to strengthen the intestine during the disease phase - inasmuch as the probiotic is taken with a delay of a few hours. If taken at the same time, the antibiotic would also eliminate the pathogens and the good bacteria.

Another disturbing factor for the intestinal flora is alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption permanently damages the intestinal barrier, which means that microscopic intestinal helpers get into the bloodstream and mutate into sources of inflammation. So do your body a favor while taking the probiotic and avoid drinking too much alcohol.

5. Probiotics are easy to keep

Whether in the refrigerator, medicine cabinet or at room temperature on the kitchen island - bacterial cultures are easy to keep. As long as they don't get over 40 ° C heat or direct sunlight, nothing will happen to the little helpers. At temperatures above 40 ° C, it is not only dangerous for human cells - denaturing probiotics.

Denaturing means that the cell structure breaks, splits or deforms. And this leads to cell death in all living things. In summer, probiotics can be kept in the fridge. On all other days, however, it will rarely happen that the little helpers no longer survive at room temperature.

Let's summarize: Find a balanced probiotic from a good company and take it daily. In addition, pay a little attention to your health and store your intestinal helpers in a cool place. Not that difficult, actually.

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The author:

 Züleyha studies chemistry and likes to spend her free time kickboxing and artistic activities. her1 supports you in research and helps in product development. With her chemical knowledge, she has already written articles, where the education is important to her. Her favorite substance is raspberry ketone. It is responsible for the smell and taste of the raspberry. The first substance that she (alone) extracted. It smells breathtaking!

 

Sources:
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization (ed.): Probiotics in food: health and nutritional properties and guidelines for evaluation. FAO food and nutrition paper, Rome 85, 2006.