You've most likely heard of the benefits of incorporating a probiotic into your daily routine, but what exactly are probiotics? And what should you be on the lookout for when choosing one?
Let's start with the foundational elements.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are found in many forms and are made up of a multitude of microorganisms that are considered to be beneficial bacteria for your gut health. These friendly bacteria can provide a long list of benefits to your overall health.
The most well known, being supplement form, usually in a capsule. Probiotics can also be found in fermented foods, like sauerkraut or coconut yogurt, or in dairy-based products like kefir.
There are many different ways to get these bacteria in your system to reap the benefits, but some forms are more beneficial than others.
Which leads us to the next item - what to look for in a probiotic?
What to Look for in a Probiotic:
1. Strains Matter
With billions of bacteria out there in the world, one of the most important factors in choosing a good probiotic is the strains of bacteria it contains.
Many probiotics are specialized to benefit certain conditions or areas of the body. Some strains have been studied much more than others for efficacy and ability to successfully survive the acidity of our human stomachs.
Ensure your probiotic contains bacterial strains that'll have the most benefit, with the scientific research to back it up.
2. Grown with Love
Secondly, determine how the probiotics were grown.
Probiotics are given food (the bacterial growth medium) to help them grow so they can be made into supplements. The problem is that many probiotic bacteria are grown in media that contain common allergens, like dairy and gluten.
With 65% of the adult population being lactose intolerant the question is: why are probiotics being made with dairy?
If in doubt, ask the company how they grow their probiotic bacteria. It's counterproductive to take a probiotic containing the very ingredient that can irritate your digestive system, to begin with.
At Ora Organic we've made our probiotics with two of the most highly studied strains of bacteria proven to support digestive health and boost overall immunity. They’re also clinically shown to be able to survive stomach acidity.
And everything we make is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
No lactose or gluten here.
We’re building a company that we'd be proud to buy from. It's why honesty and transparency are so important to us.
No dairy, non-GMO, no peanuts, no soy, no wheat, no gluten, no egg, no tree nuts, no fish, no shellfish, no artificial colors or flavors, no added sugar, no parabens, and no pesticides or herbicides. Ever.
We're vigilant about what we put in our products so that you don't have to be.