It’s a familiar scene: we’re out shopping for food, and suddenly we’re face-to-face with a wall of diet supplements. They promise the world, but can they deliver? How can you tell you’re not being fleeced out of your money?
The consequences of taking tainted supplements could include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, night sweats, and, in rare cases, death. The FDA routinely issues warnings to supplement companies that make false health claims.
So what’s the average consumer to do? Research is key. The more you know, the safer you’ll be.
Why Gut Health Is So Important
Probiotics are widely recognized as being vital to health, but what exactly are they? Basically, probiotics are yeasts and bacteria that help with digestion and make important nutrients for the host such as short-chain fatty acids and vitamin K. Foods that are high in probiotics include:
- Yogurt and kefir
- Sourdough bread
These foods have been used to aid digestion for centuries, but now we finally know why: they all have high concentrations of probiotics.
If these foods are high in probiotics, then why take dietary supplements? Probiotic supplements contain a mix of microorganisms that may not be present in even the healthiest of diets. They also support healthy digestive function in people who take prescription medications (which can sometimes kill healthy bacteria).
Quick Quiz: Do you have digestive problems?
Do you often feel bloated after eating? Do you regularly experience constipation or diarrhea? Either end of this spectrum could indicate the need for probiotic treatment.
Some common symptoms of digestive malfunction include undigested food in the stool, Acid reflux, and poor nutrient absorption. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule a meeting with your doctor as soon as possible.
They may prescribe probiotic supplements but they may also prescribe probiotic foods. Yogurt may not seem like medicine, but it may be just the ticket.
How to Find Good Diet Supplements
To find the right probiotic diet supplements, talk to your health care provider. They will have a list of supplements that they recommend. In general, supplements should be approved by a third party to make sure they work the way they should.
Be wary of inexpensive supplements or mail-order medicine. There is nothing standing in the way of companies selling pills with toxic chemicals and fillers. The FDA does not monitor vitamins or herbal supplements, but they do maintain some oversight when it comes to probiotics.
The short answer is that you should only trust probiotic brands that your doctor or naturopath recommends. They will make sure that your prescription medication works well with all your supplements and that you’re receiving the right doses.
Your Trusted Probiotic Provider
The Elements Store is happy to provide supplements with no toxic fillers. We know exactly what is in our products and we trust our manufacturers. Our product line has been selected by a team of doctors and natural health practitioners to ensure that it is effective.
The Elements Store team is available to talk to you about your health concerns. We provide affordable, effective probiotics that positively impact gut health.
Visit the Elements Store today or give us a call at (401) 443-4007 for more information about our probiotic dietary supplements. We’re always ready to help you improve your health with products that you can trust.