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Can You Take Prebiotics And Probiotics Together?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Can you take prebiotics and probiotics together? It is not required to take them together but if you do there are studies that have shown it is effective. A probiotic is a bacteria that lives naturally in your body, and it helps your intestines break down food. A prebiotic is a carbohydrate that your body can’t digest, and it is a dietary fiber. Prebiotic food sources are onions, artichokes, garlic, bananas, asparagus, legumes, etc. When you combine a prebiotic and probiotic together it is referred as microbiome therapy.

Can You Take Prebiotics and Probiotics Together?

There was a study in 2012 that showed that almost 4 million adults use probiotics for gut health purposes. Research studies show that prebiotics and probiotics have been effective in treating diarrhea, bloating, allergic disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. There has also been some recent research that probiotics has been effective in treating inflammatory arthritis. There have been some studies that has shown that probiotics and prebiotics has been used to treat obesity.

Probiotics can be obtained through food like pickles, yogurt, sauerkraut, etc. If you can’t get enough of a probiotic from any food source, you can also obtain it in supplement form from any natural food supplement store. It can come in powder or liquid form. One of the main health benefits of probiotic supplements is treating bacteria in your gut as well as helping to improve your digestive health.

If you experience any type of allergic reaction or stomach pain from it, then discontinue taking that probiotic. And then consult your doctor afterwards to let them know of your condition. Most probiotics are ok for kids except if they are under 12 years old. You should talk to your doctor before giving your child under 12 a probiotic. For pregnant women and breastfeeding taking a probiotic is safe and should not hurt you.

The Centers For Disease and Control, (CDC) considers the use of probiotics and prebiotics safe for most healthy people.

The Bottom Line is probiotics are safe for most healthy people in general. But every probiotic is different depending on the variation of the bacteria strain. If you are lactose tolerant make sure you take a dairy free probiotic.

If you have any interest in trying any of our Ethical Supplement products to help you heighten your immune system or assist you with your fitness or health goals. You can go to https://ethicalinc.com/product/probiotic/

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