We are all unique, and that goes for our gut microbiome too. As such, there is no universal approach when it comes to taking a probiotic supplement. Probiotics have many functions and benefits and when, how regularly and how long you take a probiotic supplement depends on your gut and whole-body needs.
For everyday gut health, immunity and general wellbeing, taking a probiotic daily can form an important part of your health routine. There are also some situations where taking a certain probiotic strain periodically might be appropriate, such as during a course of antibiotics, for the relief of gastro, during pregnancy or throughout hay fever season.
What are the benefits of taking probiotics daily?
Taking a probiotic supplement daily can have many benefits. If the goal is to maintain the balance of good bacteria, support digestive function, a healthy immune system and general wellbeing, taking a probiotic every day may assist. If wanting to support healthy vaginal flora, to support emotional wellbeing, relieve the symptoms of eczema or to reduce the occurrence of medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), taking a specialised probiotic on a regular basis can increase effectiveness. Probiotics are not a quick-fix solution. Your gut flora can be affected by many daily factors. Stress, what you eat, the medication you take, and other environmental exposures can all upset the balance of your gut. Many people will benefit from nurturing their gut microbiome continuously over time.
How to build probiotic supplements into your routine
Remembering to take your supplements can often be a challenge and just something else to add to the mental load and endless to-do list. Pep, a free 30-day subscription, features daily texts to remind you to take that little capsule packed full of probiotic goodness, at whatever time works best for you. Along with quick practical advice, whole body health tips and easy-to-follow mindfulness exercises to keep you on track without bogging you down.
How long does it take for probiotics to start working?
To see results after taking a probiotic supplement, varies from person to person. It also depends on what you’re taking the probiotic for. Studies generally show probiotics to be effective anywhere from a few days to several weeks. However, effects may be subtle as they get to work behind the scenes. Pep has a unique feature with regular wellness check-ins. This will help you get a sense of how your body is responding to your new regimen over the course of the month. You can log changes to your digestion, skin, sleep cycle, energy levels and more to help you track your progress and connect the dots.
You can make your probiotic work more efficiently by making sure you use a reputable brand, choosing a targeted and researched strain that’s specific to your symptoms and at the optimal strength, following label directions and storing correctly.
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