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5 Common Probiotic Mistakes You Are Making

Having problems with your probiotics? Here are some common mistakes people make when using probiotics.


Mistake #1 Overlooking the instructions


Probiotics aren’t created equal, therefore each one will come with different instructions for use. Taking them incorrectly because you failed to read the instruction can make it less effective and not to mention the money you’ve spent.

One important thing to look for is whether you need to take them with or without a meal. Some must be taken with food to stabilize the stomach environment; others are stable even without food. Also, be sure to check the expiration date. The potency of your supplement will degrade if you haven’t finished your supply by the manufacturer’s recommended date.


Mistake #2 Stopping your probiotics when taking antibiotics


It is a common myth that you should wait until your antibiotics are finished before taking probiotics. Antibiotics can indeed kill probiotics, but probiotics can ease the side effects of antibiotics such as stomach upset, diarrhea, and more. To increase the chances of the beneficial bacteria to survive, wait two hours after taking antibiotics and allow the antibiotic to get through your system. Continue taking them even after your antibiotics are finished to ensure their effects are gone.


Mistake #3 Selecting the wrong probiotics for your condition


Not all probiotics will provide the same benefit. There are hundreds of different species and strains of bacteria and not all have the same health benefits. Some are for immune support; some are for weight maintenances while others are for digestive issues and more. So, before you go for probiotic shopping, check the packaging or double-check with the pharmacist to make sure what you are buying is what you need.


Mistake #4 Taking more than one type of probiotic supplement


Different bacteria can interact. So, think twice before considering taking different probiotic supplements at the same time. We take them to help fight off other bacteria but there is a possibility that in a multi-strain product, the two different probiotics products can out-compete one another.


Mistake #5 Being inconsistent


If you want them to work effectively, take them consistently every day. Probiotics cannot work if you do not routinely consume them. Create a ritual that integrates your supplement intake with your everyday routine. If it must be taken with food, always take it with breakfast. In the case of a freeze-dried strain, don't forget to take it right before you start work.


Mistake #5 You’re not getting enough fiber


Gut health is more than just taking probiotic supplements. It’s also important that you get enough fiber to feed the friendly microbes in your gut. Fiber-rich foods or prebiotics are foods for good bacteria. To get the most from prebiotics, make sure to eat a diet high in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. High-fiber foods nourish the good bacteria and give them the energy they need to help you maintain a healthy digestive system.

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