Are Probiotics Considered a Supplement?

From research scientists and beauty magazine editors to the millions of consumers who have discovered that probiotics aren’t just for gut health anymore. Probiotics have gotten a lot of good buzz lately. The more we get to know these tiny but mighty beneficial bacteria, the more astonishing their story becomes.  With the many added details…

Digestive Health in Women vs Men—Are There Differences That Matter?

There are plenty of ways that women are different from men. Physical differences, starting with reproductive organs and hormone makeup, are what first come to mind. Then there are differences in emotional needs, communication styles, and behavioral expectations that are less obvious, but equally important.   But what about digestive health? Is a woman’s digestive…

Which Foods Have Prebiotics?

Did you know that prebiotic foods may be good for digestion?  Prebiotics may play an important role in the cultivation and sustainability of healthy gut bacteria. As a source of food and proper nourishment to the good bacteria inside of you, prebiotics may help with keeping healthy bacteria alive and ready to multiply.  A prebiotic-rich…

Kefir vs Yogurt: Differences, Benefits, & Nutrition

Are you looking for ways to add more probiotics — i.e., the good bacteria — into your life through the foods you consume? One efficient way to do that is by consuming kefir and/or yogurt, both of which are sources of probiotics.  Most people have heard of yogurt, but some aren’t quite as sure about…

What Are Lactic Acid Probiotics? Everything You Need to Know

Most healthy people in the know are quite familiar with probiotics. They’re the beneficial bacteria and yeasts that form a microbiome throughout your body, but mostly in your gut. Probiotics are  best known for supporting healthy digestion and helping to ease uncomfortable issues like gas, bloating, and occasional bowel movement irregularities.  But growing research shows…

Fiber & Probiotics: How They Each Support Your Digestion

Fiber has been an age-old approach for smooth sailing when it comes to your bowel movements, while probiotics have earned their reputation as modern-day mainstays for good digestive health. But, do fiber and probiotics work together? Are they both necessary for optimal digestion? Do they help (or hurt) one another? Let’s take a closer look…

What Are Fermented Foods?

Preservation is the hallmark element of fermented food preparation. It involves a process of allowing live organisms to convert carbohydrates to organic acids or alcohol. It is a controlled environment and utilizes a system of anaerobic digestion and can be used to preserve a large variety of vegetables. The beauty of fermentation is that when…

How to Make Fermented Food Easily at Home

Wondering how to make fermented foods? Making fermented foods at home is much easier than people might think. They do not have to be complicated to taste amazing! Fermented foods at home allow you to experiment with different recipes while saving money and having fun. Fermented foods are gaining a bigger foothold in local marketplaces…

Watermelon Summer Salad

Summer may be half way over, but we’re still taking full advantage of the beautiful sunshine! Not to mention, there are still plenty of delicious in-season fruits and veggies we can enjoy as we spend relaxing end-of-summer evenings patio-side. The one thing we can’t get enough of? Watermelon! While this summer staple is absolutely delicious…

What Does CFU Mean As It Relates to Probiotics?

CFU Meaning: how many cfu probiotics should I take? Have NO clue what CFUs are? Don’t feel bad! You’re not alone. “how many probiotics should I take?” is a common question we receive. While there is no universal answer, if you’re wondering “how many cfu probiotics should I take?” a good first step is for…

Refrigerated Probiotics vs. Non-Refrigerated

Do probiotics need to be refrigerated? And if so, what happens when you don’t refrigerate probiotics?  These are the burning questions we’re out to answer for you today. Do Probiotics Need to Be Refrigerated in Order to Survive?  Let’s first distinguish between whether they need to be refrigerated once they’re in your home versus when…

Prebiotic vs Probiotic – What’s the Difference?

If you’re confused about prebiotics vs. probiotics, you’re not alone. Most people already know what probiotics are, and have probably even consumed them via foods or supplements. But when it comes to prebiotics vs. probiotics, many are less sure about the difference between prebiotic and probiotic activity, or the advantages of taking probiotics that are…

Digestive Enzymes Versus Probiotics

Digestive Enzymes Vs. Probiotics The difference between probiotics and digestive enzymes can leave many feeling perplexed. When it comes to a digestive enzyme vs probiotic supplements, they’re  both used to support digestive health, and they’re both available for consumption in supplement form, but the way that they function differs.  How do probiotics and digestive enzymes…

Will Probiotics Still Work After They Expire?

Do Expired Probiotics Still Work Is it okay to take probiotics once they expire? Better yet, do they still work once they’re past their expiration date? Google any of these questions and you’ll have a plethora of different resources to sift through about the shelf life of probiotics. Keep in mind that the answers may…

The Most Common Probiotic Strains (and What They Do)

It’s pretty commonly known that foods and supplements that contain the best probiotic strains may help support digestion, ease occasional gas and bloating, and even support immune function. But less commonly known are the interesting facts about different probiotic strains.  Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are the two most widely used species of probiotics from which different…

How to Take Probiotics with Antibiotics

Taking probiotics with antibiotics: Is it a good idea or a bad idea?  More importantly, is it safe to use them both at the same time? Let’s find out.  As a reminder, if you are taking any medication, always consult with your healthcare professional before taking our products. What Are Antibiotics?  Antibiotics have, undoubtedly, saved…

What Are the Best Probiotics for Pets & Other Animals?

As with humans, probiotics may support the balance of healthy bacteria in pets and animals. An animal’s gut houses trillions of different species of bacteria–often referred to as the “gut flora” or “gut microbiota.”  A balanced gut flora may offer many health benefits for animals, such as digestive and immune function support. Highly sensitive to…

Probiotics and Weight Management: Do They Help?

Probiotics and Weight Loss? Here’s What You Need to Know First If you are wondering if there are natural ways to support your weight management journey, you’ll definitely want to keep reading this. Many probiotic brands tout the best probiotics for weight loss, but there are a few things you need to know before trusting…

How to Support Your Colon Health

Chances are, you, like many others, rarely think about your colon, even when  experiencing things like bloating, stomach cramps, or other abdominal distresses. Individuals too often consider these discomforts a part of life. Others may avoid talking about colon health because of the perceived “yuck factor.”  But your colon does a lot to support you…

How to Support Your Digestive Health

Your digestive system is responsible for the breakdown of foods you consume into tiny nutrients that your bloodstream can absorb. Faulty digestion is a result of your digestive system not working at its best. When symptoms that stem from digestive issues prevail for days or weeks at a time, they could have a negative impact…

Can You Take Too Many Probiotics?

Can You Take Too Many Probiotics? Our gut is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, each playing a unique part in supporting a harmonious digestive environment so that we can approach every day feeling our best.  From supporting overall digestive health to improving nutrient absorption and supporting immune function, a balanced gut microbiome has been…

How to Take Probiotics: Everything You Need to Know

Whatever your reason for exploring probiotics, we can certainly say we think your body is going to LOVE you for it. The potential health benefits of probiotic consumption seem to be endless, especially when it comes to supporting your digestive health and immune function. While certain questions are going to be very personal to you…

Can You Take Probiotics While Pregnant?

Wondering about whether you should take probiotics while pregnant? That’s understandable! It seems the laundry list of things to avoid when pregnant seems to grow every year.  Well, you’ll be glad to know that the FDA considers probiotics to be a GRAS supplement, which means they’re Generally Recognized As Safe for all humans to consume. …

Do Probiotics Expire?

The simple answer is, yes. Probiotic products do have an expiration date. By law, all probiotic supplements must have a clear expiration date noted on the packaging. This provides probiotic consumers with a better idea of its shelf life.  Do probiotics remain alive by the date of expiration? That’s where the plot twist lies. Sometimes,…

The 8 Best Foods to Support Immune System

Needless to say, what you put in your body is extremely important. Aside from fueling your body every day, important functions–like say, that of your immune system, can be supported through eating healthy foods, living a clean lifestyle, exercising and, if you feel you may need to fill in any gaps, taking certain supplements.  Did…

Probiotics for Cats – What You Need to Know

Probiotics for Cats: What You Need to Know As probiotics continue to win the hearts and guts of health-conscious humans, it has many pet parents wondering if their pets can benefit from probiotics as well. For feline owners who want answers on whether  probiotics are good for cats, this guide tells you everything you should…

Grapefruit Kombucha Spritzers

Summer is here, which means pool days, cookouts, and other fun outdoor activities are in full swing! If you’re anything like the rest of us, warm summer days are almost impossible to enjoy without sipping on something refreshing.  Whether you’re welcoming friends to your home for a cookout or enjoying some much-needed relaxation time on…

What Is Bad Bacteria?

Understanding Your Gut Health: What Is Bad Bacteria? You know them. We at Probulin love them. And we want you to love them as much as we do. They’re your friendly bacteria. And they’re found throughout your body, making up a balanced and harmonious microbiome that supports various important functions.  Like all bacteria good and…

What Are Good Bacteria?

Probiotics and Your Health: What Is Good Bacteria? A vast majority of people associate the word bacteria with detrimental little beings responsible for bringing illnesses to the body. The truth is, good bacteria outnumber the harmful ones in terms of number of species and quantity. Our gut alone is home to trillions of good bacteria…

What To Expect When Taking a Probiotic Supplement for Overall Support

There are trillions of bacteria living in your gut. Certain bacteria are considered good and actually beneficial for digestive health, but there are also harmful bacteria that may wreak havoc inside your gut. One way to help counter the potential negative effects of these harmful bacteria is to take a probiotic supplement.  Probiotics play an…

Everything You Need to Know About Topical Probiotic Skincare Products

As a newer staple item in the skincare industry, topical probiotic extract skincare is the perfect addition to every facial regimen. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it only makes sense to handle it with the utmost care. Prolonged exposure to the sun, topical chemicals, lack of hydration and poor habits may all contribute…

What Are the Best Probiotics for Improved Gut Health?

If you want to know where to find the best probiotics for gut health, then you’re likely aware of the gut microbiome’s important role in your immune and digestive health–along with the trillions of micro-organisms that live inside of it. When it’s not functioning at its best, beneficial probiotic bacteria may contribute to the support…

Gut-Healthy Avocado Beet Hummus Bruschetta

What is it about avocados that make them taste good with virtually any dish or appetizer? Avocados are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients. In other words, they’re great for your gut!  If it feels a sliced avocado on top of a piece of toast can get a little boring,…

Cherry Coconut Frozen Yogurt Bites

Do you find yourself craving something sweet and cool the moment temperatures start warming up? We sure do! As much as we don’t like being the bearer of bad news, it is our duty to remind you that too much sugar and sweets can really wreak havoc on your digestive system. (Sorry, we don’t make…

Spring Nourish Bowl

We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited that spring is almost here! Bring on the blossoming trees, fresh breeze, picnics, walks at the park, farmer’s markets, and best of all, fresh, in-season delicious fruits and veggies. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite fruits and veggies in season from…

Berry & Nut Butter Oatmeal

Are you eating the most important meal of the day? If you’re human, chances are, you aren’t. Finding the time––and energy––to make yourself a nutritious breakfast every morning feels like a luxury just out of reach. Reaching for a muffin often seems like the easiest thing to do. There’s a reason why they call breakfast…

Delicious Vegetable Soup

When it comes to supporting your overall health, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is very important. While this may seem like a fairly simple task, variety is the key to creating healthy meals that are both interesting and delicious.  Too often, we get so focused on ensuring we’re eating the right…

Healthy Sweet Potato Avocado Bites

During the holiday season, it’s beneficial to take a moment and see how you’re feeling about your gut and digestive health. Is your digestive system still feeling the effects of Thanksgiving? If so, you’re not alone. In the midst of the festivities, we often indulge in cookies and cocktails, feel holly and jolly without a…

No-Bake Cranberry Energy Bites

With the holidays just around the corner, gift shopping, meal planning, and tree decorating are now in full swing! Planners are filled with grocery lists, gift shopping lists, recipes, holiday activities… you name it! While there’s nothing quite like the joy of prepping for the holidays, and planning quality time with your loved ones, it…

4 Tips for Digestive Health This Holiday Season

It starts with irresistibly bite-sized candy at Halloween. Then, just as we emerge from the post-sugar slump amid piles of tiny wrappers, holiday meals and libations offer temptation all the way through to New Year’s brunch, potentially wreaking havoc on our digestive health. It’s hard to stay on track when it ‘tis the season but,…

10 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

You might not be able to avoid stress, but you can do things to reduce it. Start making your days more stress-free with these 10 simple tips: Crank up the tunes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Bach or Beyoncé—as long as it’s something you like. Research has shown again and again that music is a…

Gut-Friendly Pumpkin Turmeric Soup 

We’re almost a month into fall and the cooler weather has officially arrived! While there are so many fun things about fall (pumpkin patches, spooky movies, pumpkin spiced everything), it also means cold and flu season is very well upon us. Unfortunately, getting sick can sometimes be inevitable. There are, however, many things we can…

Immune Health and Probiotics. What You Need To Know

While not as well-known as it should be, the critical role our gut plays in immune support is not new. More than 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Our intestines contain more immune cells than the rest of our body. Probiotics—friendly bacteria—help support a healthy digestive and immune system. How probiotics work:…

How Do Probiotics Support My Immune System?

Did you know that 70% of our immune system resides in our gut? It’s true. A healthy gut supports a healthy immune system—and probiotics support both. To understand how, let’s start with the immune system. What, exactly, is the immune system? While most kids can point to parts of their cardiovascular system, like the heart,…

Homemade Fruit Popsicles – Fun, Easy, and Healthy!

Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s still pretty warm out there! We have the perfect way to help you and your kids stay cool (and healthy):  Delicious Homemade Fruit Popsicles. For these popsicles, you’ll only need frozen fruit, bananas, and almond milk! Coconut milk will work, too. Not only do fruit popsicles…

Why the Hype Around Probiotic Skin Care?

Why the Hype Around Probiotic Skin Care? Beauty editors have been buzzing about bacteria. New probiotic-based skincare products have been popping up on shelves worldwide. Why? Because people are discovering that probiotics may help skin look better. What are probiotics? The public has been learning about probiotics—“good” bacteria—since Jamie Lee Curtis started pushing Yogurt products…

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut

On top of taking a daily probiotic, there are many things you can do to support your overall health and immune health, such as getting enough sleep,  staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet!  While most people recognize that a lot of health benefits can come from eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, not…

Happy Digestion Smoothie

Looking to give your digestive system a little extra support? On top of taking a daily probiotic, healthy, nutrient-rich foods are a great way to support your digestive health.  Speaking of nutrients, we have just the recipe for you! This “Happy Digestion” Smoothie is packed with vitamins and other beneficial ingredients. Plus, it’s quite delicious,…

Can Probiotics Support My Kid’s Immune Health?

Kids’ Immune Health Kids are not simply pint-sized adults. Their immune systems are different from ours. To understand why probiotics may be such an important tool for immune support—and why childhood is a good time to support immune health—let’s take a quick look at how kids’ immune systems work. Like adults, kids have both an…

What Are the Best Probiotic Strains for Women?

What are the best probiotic strains for women? If you’re searching for the best probiotics for women, you probably already know about the microbiome—the trillions of micro-organisms at work in the gut that play a powerful role in health, from supporting digestive health, mood and immune function. Probiotics help support a healthy microbiome. Did you…

Prebiotic Power Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Are you getting your prebiotics? Prebiotics are compounds in food that nourish probiotic bacteria. Without sufficient prebiotics, probiotic bacteria would be unable to perform their functions and would either starve or be overrun by other bacteria! Fortunately, many of the foods we eat are rich in prebiotics, helping to maintain the delicate balance of gut…

Tips for Supporting Immune Health and Overall Wellness

The immune system is a very complicated and involved system designed to keep your body healthy and maintain proper balance (homeostasis). It seems like almost every year there comes a time when researchers and educators opine on the idea of what strategy will work best. The good news is that most of what we should…

Chia Seed Pudding

We can’t say enough good things about chia seeds. If you’re not incorporating these super seeds into your meal planning, you might want to reconsider… Why? Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which is why many people consider them to be a “superfood.”  Consuming…

Healthy Banana Hot Chocolate

There’s nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day! We are sharing a vegan and gut-friendly version we believe you’ll love! This recipe was found on thehealthymaven.com, but has been modified slightly. It’s so simple and takes only 7 minutes to prepare. We hope you enjoy it! *Note: The recipe…

Roasted Baby Carrot Salad

Are you looking for a new and creative salad recipe with healthy ingredients? Today, we are sharing a gut-friendly Roasted Baby Carrot Salad with walnuts, onions, feta, and more!  Onions and garlic act as a prebiotic, which is a food source for the good bacteria in your gut. Nuts and seeds are a good source…

Understanding Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Postbiotics

Understand the Relationship Between Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics Your gut is filled with a nearly unimaginable number of microscopic creatures, but don’t worry. This is a good thing. These microbes, mostly bacteria, create a tiny little ecosystem in your stomach called a microbiome. Your microbiome plays a huge role in your overall health, which is…

My Little Bugs Total Care Probiotic For Kids

Should my child be taking a probiotic? If you’re a parent of a young child, you may have already asked yourself this question. As an adult, we understand the health benefits of taking a daily probiotic – support for digestion and immune health. But do the benefits for adults translate to your child? The answer…

How to Choose the Right Probiotic

If you’re looking for the ideal probiotic dietary supplement, you’ve probably noticed the broad array of brands and ingredients available in forms that include capsules, powders, and liquids. Trying to make direct comparisons between them can be confusing – unless you know what to look for. Let’s examine some key factors that can help you…

What Is a Prebiotic?

In the world of health and nutrition, we talk a lot about the important role of probiotics in maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora, aiding digestion, supporting a healthy immune system, and promoting overall health. But there’s a similar term you may also have heard—“prebiotics.” Let’s take a look at what prebiotics are and…

Are Your Probiotics Cool During the Hot Summer Months?

Summer is a time we can all use a little relief from the heat. But for probiotic products, staying cool isn’t a matter of comfort—it’s a matter of life or death. Probiotics are colonies of living organisms (measured in colony-forming units, or CFUs) that must reach your gut alive in order to confer their many…

How Do You Know Your Probiotics Are Reaching Your Gut?

If you search online for “probiotics” you’re likely to find a wealth of information on the health benefits that these “good bacteria” confer when taken as a dietary supplement. They maintain balance in our gut flora, promote healthy gut motility, and support a healthy immune response, to name a few. But to achieve any of…

Why Digestive Health Is Essential to Overall Health

We often tend to think of our body’s many systems—digestive, immune, circulatory, neurologic—like workstations on an assembly line, each contributing separately to our overall health and function. But, in fact, these systems are far more interconnected with multiple channels of communication, feedback, and gatekeeping. It is this delicate web that helps us maintain both health…

Topical Probiotics: The Skincare Revolution

Most of us have grown up thinking of bacteria as “bad”— a source of food spoilage. And in some cases, this is true. But it is only one small part of the overall picture. Many forms of bacteria that live within and on the body are helpful, to support health and wellness.   According to…

4 Keys to Choosing a Probiotic

There are hundreds of probiotics available to consumers today, and there are some key differences among brands. It’s essential to make informed choices when selecting the best probiotic products for you. Here we’ll look at 4 important criteria you can use to help you select the highest quality and most beneficial probiotic products on the…

Why Does the MAKTrek® 3-D Delivery System Make a Difference?

The health benefits of probiotic bacteria are manifold. They help maintain gut flora, support the immune system, help address occasional gastrointestinal challenges. But to perform these vital functions, health-promoting bacteria must arrive alive and healthy in the gut. This is no small challenge, considering the extremely acidic and hostile environment of the upper digestive tract….

The Nourishing Effects of Marula Oil

In the lovely Miombo woodlands in southern Africa grows a modest tree called the Marula. It’s related to both mangos and cashews. Inside the fleshy, tart fruit lies the stone, which is rich in marula oil — an incredibly nourishing oil that has been used by women for millenia to keep their skin looking healthy….

Why Probulin Packs Our Products On Ice

Much has been written about the health benefits of probiotics, like those contained in all Probulin® Probiotic Digestive Products. These are living bacterial cultures that must be consumed alive in order to convey their many health benefits to you, the consumer. But surviving the long journey from the manufacturer to the retailer to you isn’t…

The Health Benefits of B. Bifidum

You’ve probably heard a great deal lately about probiotics and how beneficial they are for pretty much every part of your body. But not all probiotics are created equal. Let’s take a look at one we use here in our Probulin digestive probiotics, and why it’s so effective. Bifidobacterium bifidum (B. bifidum) is a probiotic…

How Probiotics Are Changing Skin Care

When it comes to probiotics, most people think of digestion. We get it — after all, Probulin is all about digestive care. But we’re also thinking about your external health. Probiotics are changing skin care. Your skin, as you know, is your body’s largest organ, and in many ways, the most vulnerable. The skin is…

Can Probiotic Extracts Help My Skin?

Your skin is your first line of defense against pretty much everything. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and has its own complex ecosystem that keeps your skin looking healthy. At any given moment, the good bacteria (the natural flora that maintain healthy looking skin) are fighting an array of foes…

4 Benefits of Taking a Daily Enzyme

Digestive enzymes aren’t just important to your health, they are essential!   As a digestive care company, Probulin is often asked the ways enzymes benefit digestion. To be sure, a daily enzyme is a great way to support your digestive function. Enzymes help your body break down difficult-to-digest starches, fats, sugars and proteins like lactose,…

Health Benefits of Lactobacillus

Okay, so what is this Lactobacillus Acidophilus? No, we are not talking about an ancient Roman dairy and citrus farm. We are speaking of one of the most important immune supporting probiotics in your body. This “beneficial” bacteria is a powerful soldier in your never-ending quest to support your immune system. A Closer Look at…

What’s the Best Time of Day to Take a Probiotic?

Is there a best time of the day to take a probiotic? Can probiotics be more effective in the morning, before you eat your first meal of the day? Is it better to take them in the afternoon in preparation of dinner? Or maybe it is in the evening before bed, so it can work while…

Is a Higher CFU Count Better?

Who deals with numbers like 10 Billion, 50 Billion, and even 150 Billion on a daily basis? You can go years without using numbers with three commas in them! Yet, when it comes to understanding how many CFUs you need in your probiotic, you’re presented with these numbers as if you are supposed to understand…

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