Probiotics (also more recently referred to as Poly-biotics) are live bacteria, predominantly known as good bacteria, that are proven to help your digestive system and aids toward a healthier gut. The human body has over 100 trillion bacteria in and outside of it. Of that 100 trillion, there are over 1,000 species and between 7,000-9,000 strains of bacteria. The human body has more good bacteria than bad bacteria, which are essential to our survival. It is, however, important to ensure that the human body gets enough probiotics inside of it to maintain this.

Probiotics and probiotic supplements are becoming more and more popular each day. The probiotic industry itself is booming, with people seeing the positives it can have on their health. However, there’s an increased amount of misinformation, particularly around probiotics.

Below are six myths that we’ve debunked to give you a greater understanding of the benefits of probiotics and probiotic supplements

Myth #1: All probiotic supplements have the same effect

This could not be further from the truth; it’s actually the opposite. Very few probiotic supplements on the market are the same. All strains of bacteria have distinct properties, meaning that they have a different effect. Not only that, but some probiotics supplements only have a single bacteria strain in them, whilst others have various. This means that certain supplements are targeted at supporting specific bacteria, whilst others target multiple.

Myth #2: PREbiotics and PRObiotics are the same thing

Whilst this is a common misconception, the difference between the two is quite astounding. Probiotics are live bacteria that are found in certain foods or supplements which provide numerous health benefits. Prebiotics are substances that come from types of fibre, which humans cannot digest. These fibres provide nutrition to the good bacteria in your gut, having a good balance of both (probiotics and prebiotics) can steadily improve your gut health.

Myth #3: Probiotics need to be refrigerated

Refrigeration doesn’t mean ‘freshness’ or ‘superiority’ in the case of probiotic supplements. The bacteria stored inside supplements are fragile against a number of natural things, such as light, moisture and temperature. However, many probiotic supplements don’t require refrigeration due to technological innovations, such as Kinerva’s patented Dual-Coated Technology. The most important thing to look for in a supplement is survivability. This will increase the likelihood that the bacteria entering your body are prone to survive, whilst increasing the likelihood of the supplement working.

Myth #4: All yoghurts are a good source of probiotics

A yoghurt a day doesn’t keep the doctor away. Yoghurt is still the best food source for probiotics, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean all yoghurts are beneficial to your gut health. Yoghurts can contain unknown strains/species, with very little being known about what or how much/little bacteria are actually in each serving.1 That’s why it’s important to still take supplements.

Myth #5: Probiotics are only necessary for people with digestive problems

Many see probiotics as a more natural way of curing temporary issues, such as stomach cramps, diarrhoea and wind. Others see them as cures for more serious issues such as IBS and travel diarrhoea.2 However, probiotics are useful for so much more. The gut has more of an effect on the human body than people realise. A healthy gut plays a vital role in increased energy levels, weight loss, better sleep, cleaner skin, a stronger immune system and even mental health.3

Myth #6: Probiotics shouldn’t be used after taking antibiotics

Probiotic supplements are filled with good bacteria that help boost your immune system and gut health. Antibiotics are used to rid the body of invasive bacteria that cause illness and disease. A major problem with antibiotics in your body is the fact that it cannot differentiate between the good and the bad bacteria in your system, meaning it destroys both. While taking them together may not be useful, taking probiotic supplements after taking a course of antibiotics can be useful to your gut, ensuring that any good bacteria that was lost in your body is replaced or rebuilt.

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030214002549
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2949774/
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

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