Do you have stomach problems? Are you hoping to boost your metabolism and you strengthen your immune system?
If so, you should consider taking probiotics.
In this article, we’ll talk about what probiotics are, how you’d benefit from them, and when you should take them.
What Are Probiotics For?
Probiotics are a kind of bacteria. But not the kind that leads to sickness, infection, or disease. Probiotics are the good kind of bacteria which help make you healthier. Probiotics live mostly in your stomach and help digest and break down your food.
Your stomach has a certain amount of probiotics that you increase with a mix of diet changes and supplements. Foods that are rich in probiotics include:
- Other fermented foods
One of the main problems for many people is that most of the fermented foods that are rich in probiotics are an acquired taste. So if you’re not a huge fan of tempeh and kimchi, consider a probiotic supplement. You get the benefits of probiotics in a concentrated form, without the taste of fermentation.
What Are The Benefits Of Probiotics?
The main benefit of probiotics is that they help improve your gut health. The overall health of your digestive system is important because your stomach is what supplies the rest of your body with the nutrition it needs. The healthier your gut is, the healthier you will be.
There’s plenty of studies out there that show that supplementing your stomach’s current probiotic levels with probiotics from supplements helps improve your overall health. That’s simply because your body has access to more nutrition which means it can satiate all of its health needs.
Probiotics can also have a positive effect on weight loss.
The more efficient your digestive system is, the better it can utilize the calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients for proper everyday function. Helping with proper hormone production, metabolism, energy production and more! In some cases, individuals are able to actually burn more calories than before.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can stop eating right or exercising because probiotics are certainly not magic… But probiotics are a supplement that can be added to your routine and help with results.
So if you’re looking for an extra edge in weight loss, muscle growth, or just feeling better… you should consider probiotics.
What do probiotics do?
Probiotics offer a wide range of benefits other than helping with weight loss and how your body handles calories and nutrients. Some of those benefits include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Lessening depression
- Easing anxiety
- Lowering blood cholesterol
- Reducing blood pressure
- Enhancing immune function
- Improving skin health
There are so many upsides to supplementing your probiotic levels in conjunction with good nutrition and workout routine.
When Is The Best Time Of Day To Take Probiotics?
There are different theories on when you should take probiotics.
Some experts make the argument that you should take them first thing in the morning. These people usually say that you should take them on an empty stomach. The idea is that your stomach is empty so your stomach acid levels are at the lowest point during the day. Stomach acids are bad for probiotic supplements because they kill a lot of the good bacteria before they can start working.
Other experts say you should take them at night, with food. The idea is that, if you take your probiotic supplements with food, especially foods rich in good fats, they’ll be able to be better protected from the stomach acids in your body. This protection allows more of them to survive long enough to start working.
As you can see, the two strategies are basically looking at the pros and cons and favoring some over the others. Some people say a lack of stomach acid is more important than protecting the probiotics with food, others are saying protecting the probiotics is more important than the amount of stomach acid your body is releasing.
The best strategy, however, is to simply follow the instructions on your supplement’s container. The creator’s of your supplement probably know what’s best to do for their specific formula.
1st Phorm has a probiotic supplement that’s part of our Foundation Series, and we recommend that you take 1 capsule one or two times a day with 12-16 ounces of water,
Need Probiotics? 1st Phorm Has You Covered!
If you’re looking to promote healthy metabolism, strengthen your immune system, and improve digestion, you should consider probiotics. And if you’re looking at probiotics, 1st Phorm can help.
Our Probiotic supplement contains 8 billion CFU and can be used in conjunction with Micro Factor, Opti-Greens 50, or any other 1st Phorm Supplements.
Come and give 1st Phorm Probiotics a try today!
*This post was written by Will Grumke. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.