Probiotics 101: The Basics of Probiotics

Probiotics are everywhere: in the cereal aisle at the grocery store, down the supplement section at the drugstore, even in the beauty and skincare world! While you may have heard a bit about the benefits of probiotics, there’s probably a lot of information about these hardworking good bacteria that you don’t know. We’re here to help you navigate the basics of probiotics so you can incorporate the right one into your wellness routine and experience their health benefits.*

What is a probiotic?

The official definition of probiotics, as outlined by the World Health Organization, is “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”

Basically, probiotics are living microorganisms (often called “good bacteria”) that can provide numerous health benefits.* These good bacteria can be found in foods like yogurt, and kefir, but can also be consumed via supplements like Fortify™ Probiotics.

What health benefits do probiotics have?

Probiotics can help support your microbiome and provide digestive balance and immune health benefits.* A great deal of your immune system — about 70% — is located in the gut, so keeping it in balance can help support your immune health.* Taking Fortify™ probiotics each day can also help prevent occasional gas, bloating, and constipation.*

Should I take a probiotic?

It can be tricky to maintain the balance of good bacteria in your gut when things like travel, diet, and stress can throw it off. Even if you eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods, it may not be enough, and a probiotic supplement can help keep everything in check.

Probiotics are generally well-tolerated by most consumers. Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement to make sure it’s right for you.

How often should I take a probiotic supplement?

Probiotics are “guests” in the digestive tract, so they need to be constantly replenished. It’s a great idea to make taking a probiotic part of your daily wellness routine.

How does taking a probiotic make you feel?

While at first some may experience an increase in gas due to the higher amounts of probiotic bacteria in the digestive system, this should subside within a few days as your body adapts. After the initial adjustment period, probiotics are generally well tolerated.

Do I need to keep Fortify™ probiotics in the fridge?

While several probiotic formulas and formats require refrigeration, Fortify™ probiotics do not, partly due to their innovative bottle technology, Fortify™ is designed to maintain potency through the expiration date as noted on the bottom of the carton.

We recommend keeping Fortify™ Optima probiotics refrigerated for best results.

The Bottom Line

Probiotic bacteria may be small, but there is a lot to know about them! Knowing what to look for and how to choose the right one can be hard so we’re here to help clear up some of the confusion and keep you informed on the latest information.

Ready to dive deeper into the world of good bacteria? Learn more about what probiotics do for your health in Probiotics Part 2: The Benefits of Probiotics.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**Extra strength compared to Fortify 30 billion probiotic formulas.
†† Based on an IQVIA ProVoice survey of Primary Care Physicians, HOWARU B. lactis HN019 is the Doctor preferred probiotic strain for Regularity as compared to other strains in leading Probiotic brands, 52-week sales MULO, ending 11/3/2019; December 2019.*