8 Probiotics Dos and Don’ts To Support and Balance Your Gut Health

If you’ve ever struggled to break out of the familiar cycle of post-meal discomfort, inopportune gassiness, and the need to switch into stretchy pants (again)—your gut might be trying to tell you something, literally and figuratively.

The message? It may be time to add a probiotic supplement to your routine, says Shana Minei Spence, RDN. “If you are someone that's having issues with digestive health, dealing with a lot of stress, experiencing new environments and foods, or just want to give your body the tools it needs for balanced digestive and overall health, then a probiotic supplement is a good choice to look into,” says Spence.

Somewhere within that list of reasons, you probably thought: That's so me. But if you're confused or skeptical about adding another supplement to your routine, hear Spence out. “We don’t always need every supplement that is marketed to us,” she says. “However, if you are experiencing gut issues, then it’s a good idea to look into...a probiotic that was designed to help address your specific symptoms."

The next step, of course, is finding the right probiotic. Align is backed by 20 years of research and has been the number one gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic for the past 14 years.‡ To get more specific: Align 24/7 Digestive Supportcontains the unique strain Bifidobacterium 35624™ , which has been shown to help soothe digestive symptoms such as occasional bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort.*

So, what should you do to successfully add probiotics to your routine—and what should you definitely not do? We asked Spence to spill all of the details for this probiotics guide.

Check out the probiotics guide below for 8 dos and don’ts.

probiotics guide


*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

‡Among Gastroenterologists who recommended a brand of probiotic in ProVoice 2008-2021 surveys.
§Fortifies your digestive system with good bacteria 24/7 with continued daily use*

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