When considering the pros and cons of various methods of treating gastrointestinal problems in your cat, don’t overlook the power of probiotic supplements such as Purina FortiFlora for cats. The probiotics in FortiFlora work in two ways: they can help eliminate existing GI problems such as diarrhea, and they can prevent such problems from reoccurring. In fact, FortiFlora is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a solution to the problem of chronic and occasional diarrhea in their cat.
The live probiotic cultures that are present in FortiFlora introduce microorganisms into your pet’s digestive tract that work to establish and maintain healthy amounts of intestinal microflora, the beneficial and naturally occurring organisms that are part of a cat’s healthy and properly functioning digestive system. When the proper amounts of microflora are maintained, they can provide many benefits to the digestive health of your cat. Unfortunately, a natural and healthy balance can sometimes be quite difficult to maintain, and some cats require a probiotic supplement like FortiFlora Feline in order to keep healthy levels. There are many possible causes for microflora deficiencies and imbalances among which is the use of antibiotics to treat a separate illness. The end result of insufficient microflora levels can be chronic diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.
Anyone with a cat that is suffering from such a condition knows how important it is to find a way to restore proper microflora balance. Restoration of microflora balance is exactly what the probiotics in FortiFlora are designed to achieve. Aside from the obvious relief from suffering that comes from eliminating diarrhea, there are many other benefits to maintaining a healthy digestive system. In fact, the overall health of your cat is improved when the digestive system is in balance, and your cat’s immune system will benefit as well. FortiFlora is safe and effective for cats of all ages and sizes, including kittens once they have been weaned.
In addition to the many health benefits of using Purina FortiFlora, it is also simple to administer. Doses are each individually packaged so that you don’t have to worry about measuring out the correct amounts. To administer, simply mix the powder in with your cat’s food once per day. The flavor is specially designed to be appetizing to cats, so getting them to actually ingest FortiFlora Feline should not be difficult. In fact, because each dose contains only one gram of FortiFlora, it is likely that your cat won’t even be aware that anything has been added.
How do you figure out when to take all your different supplements – especially when some of them need to be consumed on an empty stomach? And what do you do if some of your supplements are not compatible with each other? Read on for some guidelines, tips, and a real-life example.
Here are some tips to help you figure out your supplement schedule:
- Take the supplements that are absorbed the fastest, first.
- If a substance does not specify that it needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, then it’s probably okay to take it together with other substances.
- If a herb is recommended to be taken on an empty stomach, is it because the empty stomach is a pre-requisite for adequate absorption – because food interferes with its absorption? Or, is it because it’s a substance that needs to have a clear surface to apply it’s healing properties? Supplements like slippery elm, aloe vera juice, and marshmallow root fit into the latter category and therefore can easily be taken together – since they’re all trying to accomplish the same thing.
- When a supplement says “take on an empty stomach”, that means 20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food.
Now that you know the basic guidelines, sometimes you still need to experiment a bit to find the best schedule to achieve maximum potency and effectiveness from your supplements. Let’s take a look at an example, so you can see how this plays out in real life.
Supplements for Colitis
Krista suffers from colitis, so she needs to take the following products to repopulate her gut with good bacteria, relieve gas, bloating and diarrhea, eliminate heartburn, and heal the mucosal lining of her intestines:
- Probiotics (beneficial bacteria for the GI tract – empty stomach for the powders – 3x/day)
- Psyllium husk powder (for diarrhea control 2x/day)
- Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) – before or after a meal for heartburn relief
- L-Glutamine (empty stomach for diarrhea control – 3x/day)
- N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) – empty stomach for intestinal repair – 3x/day
- Slippery Elm (empty stomach for healing mucosal lining of intestines 3x/day)
- Aloe vera juice (empty stomach for healing intestinal mucosal lining)
- Multimineral & Multivitamin (3x/day for whole-body health and replace nutrients lost through malabsorption and fecal loss)
Krista’s problem is that she doesn’t know which ones she can take together, how far apart they need to be taken from each other, or how to fit them all in around mealtimes. Since she’s taking a lot of supplements – and many of them three times a day – you can easily see why she’s so confused.
She’s especially confused since the probiotics state on the bottle that any herbs should be taken at least 2 hours apart from the probiotics – since many herbs have antibacterial action and thus will kill the good bacteria in the probiotics.
Experimenting With Your Supplement Schedule
First of all, Krista needs to keep in mind that even our food can contain natural antibacterials (like garlic, onions, etc.) and Natren has had to set a time limit that applies to a wide variety of substances at all strengths/potencies. For example, if you’re taking Wild Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf extract, then you definitely cannot consume the probiotics sooner than 2 hours, as you’d be wasting your money. However, other supplements (and foods) are far less potent against bacteria. Therefore, she may be okay to implement one of the following supplement schedules.
The main difference between the two schedules below is whether she wants to take her probiotics before every meal, or whether she would like to take just one large dose before bed. This is where the experimentation comes in. Her body will definitely prefer, and do better on, one or the other. She will have to test each of them for a week at a time and see which schedule benefits her body the most.
Before a meal:
- take the Probiotics in powder form
- wait 20 minutes, then take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other), then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
- after the meal take the DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice)
- take the Probiotics in powder form
- wait 20 minutes, then take the Aloe vera juice
Before each meal:
- take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Aloe vera juice, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other)
- wait 15 minutes, then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
- after the meal take the DGL (or in this case, you can also take it before the meal, if you prefer, since you’re not consuming the probiotics at this time)
- Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of each Probiotic powder
Krista will need to experiment with both schedules and see which one gives her better results. The probiotics may work better for her in multiple doses and may not be affected much by the other substances, or, they may work better taken on their own in a large dose. Again, the only way to find out is to test and experiment.
The reason people need to experiment with their supplements is because everyone’s body and condition (or pathology) are different. Some people are highly sensitive and responsive to certain herbal medicines and not to others. And some people need aggressive supplementation no matter which herb it is, whilst others are highly sensitive to all supplements.
When you’re dealing with a supplement like high-potency probiotics, for example, some people’s bodies respond most favorably when they’re taken in powder form on an empty stomach. And other bodies prefer controlled-release capsule probiotics taken with food. Again, the only way to find out is to experiment.
You’ll also get a ‘gut feeling’ as to which supplements you should take and when. Our own body wisdom trumps any manufacturer’s instruction sheet, so definitely follow your intuition first. If you’re skilled at listening to your gut, or following your intuition, you can ask your body directly when and how it wants the supplement. Either place your hand over your gut, whilst holding the herb in your other hand, and ask. Or, place the palm of your hand above the herb and wait for guidance. This is how some medicine women/men receive plant wisdom. They simply hold their hand above the plant and the knowledge flows into them about how to prepare the plant, which parts to use and how to take it.
If you’re not quite at that level of fluency with your body wisdom, then in the meantime, follow the supplement scheduling tips above, combine it with your own intuition, and experiment.
Nothing compares to the incredible ability of this supplement to truly improve most every condition of the human body. From the immune system to the function of our brain and most everything in between, there is no single supplement (IF IT IS OF HIGH QUALITY) that can change a person's overall health more than these little bacteria.
In 2014, a landmark study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation from New York University said: 'The composition of the microbiome and its activities are involved in most, if not all, of the biological processes that constitute human health and disease.' Other peer-reviewed studies have linked gut bacteria to immunity, skin health, Irritable Bowel Disease ( IBS ) and even autism.
This is remarkable isn't it? So, of course, your physician has suggested this breakthrough and almost demanded that you take it, correct? Unfortunately, most only attribute probiotics with digestive-system enhancing effects, and actually suggest that you can get all of the probiotics that you need from food sources.
Let's visit the food sources of probiotics, shall we?
What foods contain probiotics?
- Plain unflavored yogurt
- Kombucha tea
Well, now I am sure that the reader of this article has had at least 3 servings of the above today? Yesterday? No? Then you desperately need probiotics.
So what can probiotics help you with?
Each of us has more than 1,000 different types of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts, helping us to break down food and absorb nutrients. But when we take antibiotics – medicine that is designed to kill destructive, illness-causing bacteria – the drugs can also kill the healthy intestinal flora that help us digest.
About 30 percent of the patients who take antibiotics report suffering from diarrhea or some other form of gastrointestinal distress, according to the recent JAMA study on probiotics and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
As a result, doctors commonly prescribe taking probiotics to "repopulate" the digestive tract with healthful bacteria. The study found that it was a viable solution for many.
But probiotics can also help with other types of digestive issues. Research has shown that probiotics can be helpful for people with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS – a hard-to-treat condition that can have a range of intestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
In one study, female IBS patients experienced some alleviation of symptoms like abdominal pain and irregularity when they were given a supplement of the bacterial strain, Bifidobacterium infantis.
Even for those without an urgent problem, probiotics can help with overall digestive management. Challa argues that good bacteria help "crowd out" bad bacteria. That's because the intestine is lined with adherence sites where bacteria latches on. If the sites are populated with good-for-you microbes, there's no place for a harmful bacterium to latch on.
Probiotics make a nice compliment to antibiotics among people who suffer from urinary tract infections, according to the research.
What's more, there's emerging evidence that regular probiotics can help prevent bad bacteria from invading the urinary tract by maintaining a population of healthy bacteria on the tract's adherence sites.
Infections of the urinary tract are extremely common, especially in women. Most infections disappear with antibiotics, but about 30 to 40 percent might return, according to literature from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Allergy research is still preliminary, but at least one large, high quality study found a relationship between women taking probiotics during pregnancy and a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.
Researchers selected women who had a history of seasonal allergies – or whose partners had histories of allergies. The infants who received probiotics in-vitro also had 50 percent higher levels of tissue inflammation, which is thought to trigger the immune system and reduce allergy incidence.
As you can tell from the bit of information provided above, Probiotics should be at the top of our list when looking to purchase supplements as well as, eating healthier.
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WHY ARE SO MANY PROBIOTICS A WASTE OF TIME & MONEY?
Here’s the thing with mass market probiotic supplements..
..Usually they are made using low quality strains that can barely survive the journey to your health food store, let alone to your intestines. Unsurprisingly a product that claims say 20 billion CFUs, may actually only end up delivering 1-2 billion colony forming units to your intestines (where they are needed). Taking these types of probiotics is a waste of both your time and money.
THE LAST PROBIOTIC YOU’LL EVER NEED
With Smart Probiotic, we wanted to create the last probiotic supplement you’ll ever need. To accomplish this, we first developed a high strength 50 billion CFU formula containing 11 premium, diverse and non-GMO strains. Then we added 250mg of 2 of the best prebiotics, which feed the probiotics – roughly 2-3x the amount you’ll find in other products. Finally, we incorporated delayed release capsule technology as a third mechanism to help your probiotics get to where they are needed. This 3-step process makes all the difference.
NO ‘BATHROOM ISSUES’ & REFRIGERATION OPTIONAL
High strength probiotics often upset sensitive stomachs and cause embarrassing side effects like gas, especially products using cheap strains. They also often need constant refrigeration. Thankfully Smart Probiotic has been formulated to not only help you avoid such side effects, but actually support digestion. Plus constant refrigeration is optional.
We want to make sure you are extremely satisfied. So if for any reason you don’t absolutely love Smart Probiotic, please get in touch with us and we will replace or return the product, no questions asked.
DESIGNED FOR OPTIMAL DELIVERY – many probiotics actually die before they reach your intestines/gut, making them a waste of time & money. That’s why Smart Probiotic uses smart strains, powerful prebiotics and delayed release capsule technology to help your probiotics get to where they’re actually needed.
NO ‘BATHROOM ISSUES’ – unfortunately high-strength probiotics (30+ billion), especially low quality ones, often cause side effects like gas, diarrhea and loose stool. Our probiotic 50b formula contains high quality strains that not only help avoid this, but actually support digestion.
REFRIGERATION OPTIONAL – our Smart Probiotic 50 billion live cultures are encapsulated in small batches in a state-of-the-art, FDA registered & cGMP certified facility here in the USA for maximum freshness. Thanks to intelligent strain-formulation and manufacturing, constant refrigeration is optional.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – our research team spent months formulating this advanced probiotic-prebiotic complex and proudly stand behind it. So if for any reason you don’t absolutely love Smart Probiotic, please get in touch with us and we will replace or return the product, no questions asked.
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What are probiotics? Bio-Kult contains 14 live probiotic strains to complement the existing gut ﬂora naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system. There are trillions of microorganisms including different types of bacteria that live in our gut – the gut microbiome. They reside naturally within your body’s gastrointestinal tract & play an important role in maintaining overall well-being. What is ‘gut dysbiosis’? Sometimes, the balance of bacteria in your gut can become imbalanced from things such as ill health, poor diet and/or antibiotics (which can kill off the necessary bacteria in your system), resulting in something called ‘gut dysbiosis’. You can help restore the balance in your digestive system by eating a diet with a rich rainbow of fruit and vegetables and can further assist this by taking a bacterial supplement. About Bio-Kult: Our award-winning nutritional probiotic supplement (see images further down) is a scientiﬁcally developed, advanced multi-strain formulation containing 14 live probiotic strains designed to target the digestive system. Bio-Kult does not need to be refrigerated and is suitable to be taken alongside antibiotics, by babies, toddlers, children, when pregnant, when travelling, by vegetarians and as part of a healthy diet. How do I use Bio-Kult Advanced? Our capsules can be pulled apart and the contents sprinkled onto food, mixed with a drink or swallowed whole. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place – out of direct sunlight. Don’t probiotics need to be kept in the fridge? As with all Bio-Kult products, there is no need to refrigerate and they can be stored at room temperature. This is in thanks to our unique freeze-drying process where the probiotics in the Bio-Kult range are encapsulated during the freeze drying (lyophilisation) process, which may aid protection from the harsh acid environment of the stomach. Won’t the stomach acid kill all the bacteria off before they can start working? All our Bio-Kult products are proven to survive the high acidity of stomach acid. Directions for use*: Take 1-2 capsules once or twice daily with food. If you are taking antibiotics: Take 4 capsules daily, ideally at a different time of day from the antibiotics. Continue taking for at least 2 weeks after completion of the antibiotic course. For travellers: 1 week before travel follow guidelines for general use. During travel take 4 capsules daily. Continue to take for at least 1 week following the end of travel. Children under 12: Take half the adult dose. Pregnancy: Bio-Kult is suitable for use during pregnancy, but we would always suggest consulting your doctor or healthcare practitioner before taking any food supplement. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. *If you are taking any medications or have any medical conditions, please consult your doctor before taking any nutritional food supplements.
Microorganisms present in the intestine, collectively called the gut microbiota, are essential to our health
Includes Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Bacillus subtilis and 11 more strains (see full probiotic strain list further down this page)
Suitable to be taken alongside antibiotics, by babies, toddlers, children, when pregnant, when travelling, by vegetarians and as part of a healthy diet. Non GMO.
If you are taking any medications or have any medical conditions, please consult your doctor before taking any nutritional food supplement
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Feel lighter, brighter and more energized with Renew Life 30 Billion Extra Care Go-Pack, a potent formula with 10 specially selected strains designed to help restore digestive balance and support immune health at home or on the go!* Quality, purity and potency guaranteed through expiration. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
HIGH-QUALITY GUARANTEE: Renew Life is rated the #1 probiotic brand in consumer satisfaction for 2018**, guaranteeing quality, purity and potency through expiration. Made in the USA using only the highest quality global ingredients,
DIGESTIVE SUPPORT: Just one capsule a day helps restore digestive harmony and support immune health so your gut works smarter.* Gluten free, dairy free and soy free,
IMMUNE HEALTH: Did you know your gut is home to 70% of your immune system? Everyday adult probiotics support both digestive health AND immune health so you feel lighter, brighter and more energized to take on the day*,
SHELF STABLE PROBIOTIC: This probiotic supplement Go-Pack does not need to be refrigerated, so take it with you wherever you go!
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Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Controlled Delivery Probiotic is an easy way to get the digestive and intestinal support you need.* These caplets feature Bio-tract technology, which allows the caplet to pass through the digestive tract and release live organisms at targeted locations within the digestive system.
Once Daily Formula
Provides 2 billion active cultures from 6 different probiotic organisms
Probiotics provide the health benefits that help the body support digestive health, intestinal function and immune health
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration
Packaging may vary due to redesign, same great product ingredients
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KetoBIOME CAPS are the first of their kind—a powerful probiotic containing soil-based organisms and organic fermented herbs designed specifically for the keto dieter and lifestyler to support healthy digestion and absorption of fat and protein—to support your gut while still stoking the keto fire.
ESSENTIAL: KetoBIOME CAPS are specifically designed for those on a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet to help support healthy digestion and a healthy immune system. The probiotics found in KetoBIOME produce enzymes that aid in the digestion of protein and carbohydrates, PLUS it contains microorganisms that likely populate the guts of those who consume a healthy diet rich in fats and proteins and lower in carbohydratesó20 Billion CFUs* per serving!
SUPERIOR QUALITY: Great for a keto or Paleo dietóplus theyíre non-GMO, Gluten free, soil-based, contain fermented botanicals, and require NO refrigeration, all in a convenient, on-the-go capsule form you can take with you anywhere!
FAST RESULTS: KetoBIOME CAPS provide keto diet and lifestyle-friendly probiotics and enzymes to help digest food, to support a healthy immune system, and to help produce vitamins. Theyíre available in a convenient, on-the-go capsule form, so you can easily take them along anywhere your busy day takes you.
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+ 6 Targeted Strains, Including L. plantarum 6595 to support immune, upper respiratory, and digestive health in athletes, as well as greater stamina and endurance.
+ Long Shelf Life & No Refrigeration Necessary. With the patented LiveBac manufacturing process, we offer an extended shelf life with zero refrigeration. Many probiotics don’t provide a date of any kind because their organisms die so quickly after being manufactured.
+ Premium Probiotic Supplement. This formula is vegetarian, non-GMO, and free of lactose, gluten, and yeast. There is also no soy, sugar, iron, nuts, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives.
+ 6 Billion Colony Forming Units† per BIO-tract Tablet, which is equivalent to 90 Billion CFU (colony forming units) of standard probiotic capsules!‡
+ Naturally Derived Prebiotic included in each tablet to help feed the probiotics for increased potency. Prebiotics are fibers that encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria throughout your colon.
+ Only Once per Day. That’s it. Because with time-release delivery, the benefits are being delivered deep inside your gut hour by hour.
+ Made in the USA. Our probiotics are manufactured in Washington and Colorado in facilities that are GMP certified through NSF. We adhere to the strictest quality control and FDA guidelines and perform rigorous testing on every lot to ensure they are survivable and as the label states.
With a patented delivery method, the probiotic organisms in this formula are released over an 8-10 hour period so they bypass your stomach acids and reach deep into your intestinal tract alive (where they are needed most) so you can experience the benefits that probiotics have to offer.
Many products meant to improve athletic performance—like energy drinks, bars, and gels—are laden with unhealthy ingredients that can deplete your beneficial gut bacteria and weigh heavily on your digestion. By replenishing your microbiome with the right probiotic strains, you’re more likely to feel and function at your very best.
Hyperbiotics PRO-Compete contains a blend of targeted probiotic strains to support energy, stamina, and endurance at the microbial level. This comprehensive formula helps to replenish a balanced microbiome, allowing your body to absorb nutrients properly, so your cells have the materials they need for optimal energy.
Strenuous exercise and changes in immune health often go hand in hand. And since 80% of your immune system is in your gut, repopulating it with beneficial flora is the best place to start if you want to avoid those dreaded down days. PRO-Compete was formulated with L. plantarum 6595 to support immune function and upper respiratory health in athletes, so you can keep your momentum going.
SUPPORT DIGESTION AND PERFORMANCE. Many products meant to improve athletic performance—like energy drinks, bars, and gels—are laden with unhealthy ingredients that can deplete your beneficial gut bacteria and weigh heavily on your digestion. By replenishing your microbiome with the right probiotic strains, you’re more likely to feel and function at your very best.
MAINTAIN ENERGY AND ENDURANCE. Hyperbiotics PRO-Compete contains a blend of targeted probiotic strains to support energy, stamina, and endurance at the microbial level. This comprehensive formula helps to replenish a balanced microbiome, allowing your body to absorb nutrients properly, so your cells have the materials they need for optimal energy.
SUPPORT IMMUNE AND UPPER RESPIRATORY HEALTH. Strenuous exercise and changes in immune health often go hand in hand. And since 80% of your immune system is in your gut, repopulating it with beneficial flora is the best place to start if you want to avoid those dreaded down days. PRO-Compete was formulated with L. plantarum 6595 to support immune function and upper respiratory health in athletes, so you can keep your momentum going.
HELP WITH POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY. Research shows that gut health is a key component for recovery after physical stress like exercise. Supporting your microbiome with the right probiotic strains not only encourages your body to better manage the effects of training, it can also support your muscles, bones, and joints, and help with weight management.