On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I share why it’s important to use the right probiotics for you.

When using probiotics you want to make sure you are using them properly, learn how in this post by Andrea Hardy RD.

โŒ. Most people don’t use probiotics properly. ๐Ÿฆ โ 
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In fact, I was prescribed antibiotics last week, and was told to take any probiotic or eat more yogurt with them. ๐Ÿคฏโ 
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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ I’m on the @AEProbio (the alliance for education on probiotics) scientific working group and am SUPER passionate about the proper use of probiotics! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ฌโ 
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I spend a lot of time educating dietitians, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists on the proper use of probiotics. What do I mean when I say ‘proper’?โ 
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You want to match the:โ 
โœ… right strain (to the)โ 
โœ… right person (for the)โ 
โœ… right reason.โ 
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In fact, Dragana, the clinical lead and creator of the Probiotic Chart sums it up perfectly. โ 
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๐Ÿ’Š Saying take a ‘probiotic’ is like telling someone to take ‘a drug’ for a urinary tract infection. Not helpful because you want to know what drug, in what amount, and for how long right? ๐Ÿ’Šโ 
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SAME THING goes for probiotics! The strains are SO individual, and each strain has different evidence for different conditions. So – we want to ensure you’re taking the right strain.โ 
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I always explain to my IBS patients that probiotics add ‘marginal gains’. Probiotics may add symptom benefit but may not be the ‘be all and end all’ of your IBS management plan.โ 
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I like to add probiotics judiciously, when:โ 
๐ŸŽ nutrition intervention isn’t the best optionโ 
๐Ÿฅ‘ when nutrition intervention was inadequateโ 
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๐Ÿ“‹ We trial them for 1 month, and then assess – are things better, worse or the same? And then re-evaluate.๐Ÿ“‹โ 
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So next time you choose a probiotic, make sure your provider reviews with you the strain, the dose, the length of taking that probiotic, and benefits for the condition you’re trying to treat!โ 

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