You’re not alone if you have stomach problems like pain, bloating, cramps, or mild constipation or diarrhea. There are millions of people in the United States who are much like you. Even if your digestive system ran like a well-oiled machine when you were younger, it’s not unusual for these problems to become more regular as you get older.
These days, it’s difficult to turn on the television without seeing advertisements for probiotic-fortified yogurts or probiotic supplements. Perhaps you’ve also attempted one of these widely promoted “solutions,” only to be left wondering why everyone on your television seems to be so satisfied and active while your digestive issues continue to worsen.
To get the probiotic amounts needed to correct stubborn intestinal problems, you’d have to consume yogurt by the gallon. Many probiotic supplements still lack the targeted strains and “extra power” that many senior citizens need.
Let me ask you a question if you are doing something to help with your digestive issues:
- Does it become obvious that your digestion has improved significantly?
- Are you experiencing real relief from gas, bloating, or cramps in your intestines?
- Is your immunity to colds and seasonal viruses much stronger than it used to be?
- Do you still have problems with heartburn, belching, and acid indigestion?
if the answers is no , you should look for alternative solutions.
And don’t misunderstand me. Probiotics, in my opinion, may have a significant impact on digestive and immune function. They become ever more critical as we get older and our intestinal function and tolerance continue to decline.
However, probiotics are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Please continue reading if your daily regimen isn’t supplying you with relief from intestinal pain. I’ll tell you about a specific “extra-strength” solution that your body might like.
Taking Impressive Clinical Research and turning it into a Practical Everyday Solution
Probiotics have been shown in hundreds of trials to enhance gastrointestinal wellbeing and encourage greater resilience to illness.
Probiotics are useful for easing and avoiding gastrointestinal conditions, according to a 2012 meta-analysis of 84 gold-standard trials.
Probiotics can improve immune function and reduce the risk of colds and other respiratory disorders, according to a second study of studies published in 2015. According to other studies, they can also have a beneficial effect on mental health. 
However, research are one thing, and the experiences are very different. If your probiotic isn’t working for you, you’re probably wondering…
“How come probiotics seem to perform so well in research but not mine?”
Probiotics: 4 Research Secrets to Getting the Most Out of Them
Many businesses, in particular, enjoy riding on the backs of all of the optimistic studies I mentioned earlier. Their probiotics, on the other hand, are insufficient.
So, how do you get the outcomes you desire? Simply follow the lead of researchers. You will use the same four guidelines to look for and choose a probiotic formula that will finally satisfy your needs.
Secret 1 : lock for high-quality products.
Researchers don’t just take the first probiotic supplement they see on the table, and you shouldn’t either. To achieve these fantastic results, scientists use the highest-quality probiotics available.
Using low-quality strains makes no sense to a researcher, but it makes perfect sense to a lot of probiotic suppliers. It’s one way they can save money. However, it reduces the impact, and you end up spending a lot of money for very little relief.
Are you concerned about the cost? Don’t be scared. You don’t have to pay a lot of money to get premium quality. What you have to do is know what to look for. I’ll get to that in a minute.
Secret 2: Don’t Underserve Your Daily Serving Size
Since these amounts have been proven to be healthy and reliable, some of the most impressive research is focused on a daily serving size of 20-25 billion CFUs (colony forming units).[3,4]
This is essential since many probiotics fall short of delivering beneficial amounts. Two famous brands, for example, both have a regular serving of just 1.5 billion CFUs. 
One or two billion CFUs may seem to be adequate before you see the amounts that most researchers measure, at which point you realize how insufficient it is. A regular serving of 10-20 billion CFUs is closer to the mark, and many people have good results at this amount.
However, many people, mostly older adults, profit the most from an “extra strength” daily serving of 20-25 billion CFUs, in the last studies. That may seem like a lot, but when you remember that the number of friendly bacteria cells in your body outnumbers the number of human cells by a factor of ten, it makes sense. 
Secret 3 :Check to See if The Probiotics Are “Healthy”
Probiotics, as you already know, are living microorganisms that need special attention as opposed to other supplements. As a result, you can guarantee that scientists ensure that any batch of probiotics they use is in the best possible condition.
This is in complete contradiction to many store-bought probiotics. According to a 2013 study by a leading consumer watchdog group, approximately a quarter of the probiotics studied included just 56% or less of the living CFUs claimed on the label. One brand has just 16 percent of the probiotics! 
Even, when contained in a tablet, probiotics need ample food to thrive, which should be present in any probiotic product. In addition, the best probiotics use advanced encapsulation to shield the cells during storage and reduce their susceptibility to stomach acids when eaten. Probiotics that are too cheap normally fall short on one or both counts.
Finally, I’ll reveal the fourth study secret…
secret 4 :Take a Multi-strain Formula for Best Results
Several of the most interesting experiments I’ve seen combined different strains. [1,11,15] .That’s why any probiotic formula you select should include strains from both the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacterial families, which are located in the intestines.
Lactobacillus strains are more aggressive in the small intestine, while Bifidobacterium helps to maintain colon health. When you combine the two, the entire digestive tract is supported, and the various strains foster a wider variety of beneficial effects.
I also recommend using strains that have been found to help the body’s immune system, which is primarily located within your intestines. You can take advantage of certain strains that have obviously shown a superior capacity to encourage disease resistance.
8 Strains for Superior Digestive and Immune Health
Although the names of the different probiotic strains can be confusing, I believe these eight strains really stand out for both gastrointestinal and immune health help, based on the comprehensive clinical studies I’ve checked over several years:
- Lactobacillus Shown to reduce urgent bowel “emergencies” brought on by antibiotic medications, and even promote stronger emotional health.[14,3]
- Lactobacillus acidophilus. Produces vitamin K and the enzyme lactase that help you digest lactose in your food. It’s often recommended for yeast issues.
- Bifidobacterium bifidum. Shown to promote healthy regularity and reduce bowel urgency, and strengthen immune health, too.[10,11]
- Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04™. Promotes immune health benefits as well as digestive support. An Australian study found that daily intake resulted in a significantly lower risk of catching colds.
- Bifidobacterium longum. Supports healthy regularity and lactose digestion, and may work to inhibit harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract.[21-23]
- Bifidobacterium longum BB536™. Promotes healthy regularity and stimulates the immune system. One study of elderly patients found that it reduced the risk of a common seasonal illness that is particularly risky for older adults.[4,8,9]
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Helps ease intestinal bloating, pain and gas. It has also demonstrated promising results in easing urinary tract problems among postmenopausal women.
- Lactobacillus plantarum. Promotes less abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, and a greater normalization of stools.[17-19]
You, too, will achieve superior results if you follow these guidelines.
I hope that these “inspection secrets” will help you better appreciate and compare the various probiotic products on the market.
As I was looking at the various choices, I was astounded by how many low-quality probiotics there were, and how pricey the ones with several high-quality strains and high CFU counts were.
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