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Selecting a Probiotic Supplement.

This is not a sponsored post. This is a comprehensive guide to selecting a probiotic supplement written by Reviews.com.  All products featured - under no circumstance have been selected or reviewed based on monetary compensation. Reviews.com prides their work on completely unbiased research of products and industries.

With hundreds of trillions of bacteria in our gut finding a probiotic supplement to manage the complex human microbiome can be a challenge. With so many products on the market yet little information about them it can be even more difficult making the decision.

Having a bacterial imbalance may lead to numerous health issues including arthritis, IBS, depression, etc.  It's important that we give our bodies the healthy probiotics it needs to balance our digestive tract and to support normal functions.

Thanks to a research team at reviews.com testing 277 top-rated probiotic supplements on the market. They consulted with nutrition specialists, natural medicine doctors, and microbiologists to discover the best strains that help antibiotic recovery, immune support, or stress and anxiety relief.

Here are their research criteria to selecting the best options:

  • Cut any probiotic supplement that only contained one strain of bacteria
  • Looked for guaranteed viability -- that is, bacteria that will still be alive when we swallow it
  • Cut any junk ingredients
  • Cut probiotics that contained a prebiotic

And here are the results -- their top picks for the Best Probiotic Supplements on the market:

Best Probiotic for General Health:
Garden of Life, RAW Probiotics, Colon Care, 30 Veggie Caps Price: £36.89 (£1.23 / Capsules) & FREE Delivery in the UK

Runner-Up for General Health:
MegaFood - DailyFoods MegaFlora Optimal Potency Probiotic - 60 Vegetarian Capsules Price: £33.60 (£16.46 / 100 g)

Best for Antibiotic Recovery: 11 Strain Probiotic Powder £89.93 (50 g)

Runner-Up for Antibiotic Recovery: RAW Probiotics 5 Day Max Care (75g) £31.96 incl. VAT 20%

Best Immune-Booster: Renew Life Ultimate Flora Extra Care 30 Billion £17.75

Best Probiotic for IBS/IBD/Acute Infectious Diarrhea: VSL#3 Probiotic Food Supplement by VSL Pharma £23.99

For more information about probiotics, tips from the experts, and other brands they recommend take a look at Review.com’s complete guide by clicking here.

10 hints & tips for weight management

  1. If you are hungry – eat. If not, do something else! Boredom is often a reason for eating – take a 5 minute break, have a walk, phone a friend or read a book.
  2. Drink at least 2 litres (8 glasses) of filtered or mineral water a day. Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger.  To help keep track fill a 1 litre bottle in the morning and aim for half before lunch and the remainder after lunch, and or set reminders on your (desk/phone) calendar.
  3. Eat protein at each meal and snack - eat little and often. Protein helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels, reducing energy highs followed by lows which often result in a quick high sugar snack fix to get out of an energy slump.  Protein can help keep the slumps at bay!
  4. Exercise at least 3 times a week – brisk walk, swim, gym, jog whatever movement you enjoy doing.
  5. Home-cooked meals mean you know what went into them.  If choosing ready-meal options look for low sugar, low salt and low saturated fat versions.
  6. Replace refined carbs (white/fluffy) rice, pasta, bread with complex, or wholegrain varieties (brown pasta/rice, seeds/grain bread).  These will help make you feel fuller for longer and add fibre to your diet which in turn helps your digestive system.
  7. Eat at least 5 pieces of vegetables and fruit a day.  Include salad vegetables, main meal accompaniments and snacks (potatoes don’t count though).  Cutting up veg (carrots, cucumber, courgette, peppers etc) to have in your snack box is a great way to get more into your day.
  8. Take time to enjoy your food, relax, eat slowy and chew thoroughly.  When we’re stressed we don’t digest our food properly which can lead to discomfort and indigestion.  Remember your stomach doesn't have teeth... so chew, chew, chew!
  9. Try to plan ahead – have healthy snacks/meals available – small bag of unsalted nuts and seeds, piece of fruit, oat cakes/ryvita with cottage cheese or nut butter.
  10. Believe in yourself – you can do it, give yourself time and be realistic about the goals you set. You want to succeed!

Bonus tips!

  • Get to know the 'traffic light' system on food to make supermarket shopping easier.  Red - avoid.  Orange - eat in moderation. Green - go go go!
  • Invest in a pair of digital scales to measure out your food or get to know your visual portion sizes to help avoid overeating.
  • Keep a food and mood diary.  Note what you're eating, when and the mood you're in.  This will help you to see if there are any patterns; are you eating because the clock says it's time? Because you're bored? Or because you're ravenous? Once you can see a behaviour it then becomes easier to change the habit into a positive one.

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The advice given by Lisa Chothia is not intended to substitute any medical advice. Anybody suffering from any medical condition, or symptoms requiring medical advice should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.