The truth about changing your probiotics on the regular:
All of us at LoveBug labs are incredibly passionate about gut health. We get exposed to cutting edge microbiome research, and kept up to date on the latest developments related to gut flora. We’re surrounded by really smart people who make it their mission to be in the know about all things related to microbiome health.
There’s a lot of information out there about gut health and probiotics: some accurate and some not as accurate. Educating and surrounding ourselves with the best is great, but what good does it do if we don’t share that with you? It’s our mission to curate the hoards of articles, tips, research, and advice, then pick out what’s important so that we can bring it to you without the scientific jargon that might mask the message. Working together, we can make sure that our children and families are healthy from the inside out.
Quick recap: we’ve told you what probiotics are, and we’ve handed you our dictionary to gut health. We’ve answered: when is the best time to take probiotics, and we’ve discussed how an unbalanced microbiome can affect your mood. Perhaps most importantly in today’s world, we’ve documented how the overuse of antibiotics has created deficient microbiomes, and the ways in which this affects your overall health.
But what about this question, resulting from a common misconception: should you change your probiotics every few months?
Not all probiotics are created equal.
One of the common reasons people are told to change their supplements is because a lot of probiotics on the market today are single strain formulas.
Single strain probiotics are just what they sound like: only one strain of bacteria is contained in each dose. What’s the problem with that? Your microbiome is like an ecosystem in which diversity is required. Exposure to a diverse blend of the right strains of bacteria will create a healthier microbiome. Like in nature, when certain species in an ecosystem are missing the entire system is compromised. However, unless you undergo an expensive gut flora analysis, it’s difficult to know which strain(s) your microbiome is lacking.
That’s why all of LoveBug’s formulations are multi-strain probiotic blends, geared to meet the specific needs of each stage in life. We’re committed to meeting the needs of everyone’s gut flora, and that means offering a scientifically-formulated, multi-strain blend.
Throwing as many strains as possible together into one dose of probiotics sounds great, right? After all, we just said diversity is important to the microbiome ecosystem. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as merely gathering as many strains as possible and packing them into a pill. In fact, another reason probiotics can be inefficient is the presence of too many strains.
Like too many kids on a playground, having too many strains in a probiotic is asking for a fight. Probiotic strains can be competitive. Furthermore, when a single supplement contains too many strains, each one can be spread too thin to be effective. It takes a certain amount of each strain, paired with a proper delivery technology to get the probiotics past the stomach acid barrier and have an impact on your gut health.
Let’s talk CFU.
In our article detailing what probiotics really are, we give you the skinny on CFU, or Colony Forming Units. (CFU: the count of live organisms present in each dose). For every probiotic blend, there is both a science and an art to creating the optimal CFU count.
Our different products contain blends of well-researched strains that are best suited for the different stages of life. For example, two noted powerhouse strains for infants are B. infantis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, are foundin our ‘Tiny Tummies’ formula. Meanwhile, our ‘Labor of Love’ blend contains B. lactis, L. rhamnosus and B. infantis as studied here, so that pregnant and nursing moms can begin seeding their baby’s microbiome.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many CFUs are in your probiotic if they're getting killed off in the harsh acidic stomach environment. LoveBug's tableted probiotics are made using patented delivery that insures that 15x more of our good probiotic warriors make it past the stomach acid barrier compared to standard probiotic capsules. So one of our 10 Billion CFU tablets with time-release delivery technology would be the equivalent of a 150 Billion CFU capsule.
It’s what’s on the INSIDE that counts.
Just like in people, what makes probiotics powerful is what is, or sometimes what isn’t included in the ingredients.
Parents today are savvy and we love that. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for their children, and that includes researching what’s in the products they give their families.
That’s why LoveBug is proud to note our probiotics are sugar free. Did you know there are 66 forms of sugar? Some of these are creeping into probiotic blends in the form of sucrose, sucralose, cane sugar and fructose. Why is this important? Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. Consuming a probiotic that contains sugar could do more harm in your gut flora by keeping the bad bugs alive and well fed than good.
All the right stuff.
LoveBug loves your family almost as much as you do. It’s why we’ve taken pride in doing the research and ensuring we take everyone into account. All of our products are Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Yeast Free, Sugar Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, and include NO chemicals, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors.
Knowing all this, it isn’t so much that changing up your probiotics is necessary, but rather choosing the one with the right strains, an effective delivery system and the right stuff inside.
Here’s to your good gut health!
“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~Socrates