I was provided a free sample of UP4 Probiotics to review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Who here has had a stomach bug before?
Last Christmas I got a horrible, awful case of food poisoning. It was just a few days before Christmas and it was the first time I had food poisoning in a long time. I couldn’t bear to eat anything but I force fed myself two things: coconut water and probiotics.
Yes. I forced myself to take supplements while I was sick.
The reason? Probiotics are friendly, good gut bacteria that help remove bad bacteria. Bad bacteria, as in the bacteria that caused my little bug. I knew that whatever was making me sick would leave quicker if I used probiotics. And guess what? I felt better after a healthy dose of my favorite supplement.
The standard American diet and lifestyle can really impact the health of the bacteria in your gut. Over time, less than ideal food choices, stress, age, and lifestyle can create an imbalance in the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. It’s important to restore balance because probiotics play a variety of roles in your overall well being, including:
- maintaining healthy digestion
- supporting a healthy immune system
- keeping offending bacteria to a minimum
- relieving gas, bloating and constipation
- improving nutrient absorption
In more acute situations, probiotics can be beneficial for:
Where do you start when it comes to probiotics? How do you know which product is right for you?
How to Choose the Right Probiotic
Look for the following:
- CFU: CFU stands for colony forming units. A healthy adult should aim for 3-5 billion CFU per serving. This number should be higher for older adults and lower for kids. If you see a product with 50 billion CFU don’t assume it’s better for you. It’s all about quality when it comes to probiotics, which brings me to my next point…
- Prebiotics: I prefer using a probiotic formula that includes prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food that sustains the health of probiotics. When you put lots of healthy bacteria into your gut you want to make sure that bacteria can survive and prebiotics support survival. Prebiotics will show up as FOS in the ingredients list.
- Diverse strains: This refers to the types of probiotics found in your formula. I prefer to use a supplement that contains at least 4 different strains. This creates diversity in your gut. Different strains can be used for different conditions, if you want to learn more, start here.
UP4 Adult Cubes meet all three of these requirements. This version does contains skim milk so if you’re dairy-free, it’s not for you. Matt and I both agreed that this tasted less like a supplement and more like a piece of candy but in order to have that candy like taste it has a few extra ingredients.
Overall, it’s a great product with a very manageable price point. It’s easy to take and provides ample benefits. UP4 is offering my readers a sample of the new Adult Cubes. Use this link to request your free sample.
Your turn: do you use probiotics? What is your favorite trick for beating a cold or illness?