“All gut microbiomes are not created equal,” says functional-medicine nutritionist Katie Morra, MS, RD, IFMCP. “They’re like a fingerprint. Everyone has their own gut profile, so how can we all need the same probiotic blend?”
Certain probiotic strains also seem to be more beneficial for certain conditions. These are the three main species of probiotics that are currently available in the United States:
Ruscio recommends a pro-biotic supplement or regimen that contains all three categories for maximum benefit, noting that they each support the gut in a slightly different way. “It’s much easier to balance the gut and see a resolution of symptoms with the complete support provided by all three probiotic categories.”
To test your tolerance of all three types of probiotics, start by taking one of each type a few days apart. If you find that any single probiotic category creates constipation, diarrhea, gas, or bloating that lasts longer than a few days, quit taking it and continue taking the other two.
This originally appeared as “The Probiotics Puzzle” in the April 2020 print issue of Experience Life.