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Choosing the Right Probiotic

Dr. Shawn Talbott
Dr. Shawn Talbott
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(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Probiotics are one of the hottest health trends – but choosing the right probiotic can be a confusing undertaking. Dr. Shawn Talbott is a researcher who uses nutritional biochemistry and nutritional psychology to help people improve their physical and mental wellness. Dr. Talbott joined Kari & Brooke on Fresh Living to help figure out what probiotic is right for you.

Probiotics are healthy or beneficial bacteria that live in the gut and deliver a range of health benefits including improved immune system activity, better gastrointestinal function such as preventing diarrhea or constipation, reduced inflammation, and even better mood and mental wellness.

However, to get the right benefits, you need to follow a few simple tips:

  1. Eat Fermented Foods (yogurt, kombucha, kefir, etc).
  2. Benefits are Strain-Specific – so while one strain might help with constipation, another strain might help with depression.
  3. Consider CFUs – or “colony forming units” – which is a measure of the strength or potency of the probiotic (typical ranges are 3-10 billion CFUs) – and ensure that the CFUs are guaranteed at the end of the product shelf life.
  4. Follow the Research – reputable companies will highlight the research supporting the health benefits of the specific probiotics in their products – so avoid products without documented evidence for effectiveness.
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