Let’s face it.

There are a million types of supplements on the market today, and many times it can be quite difficult to distinguish between what is beneficial for your health or not.

One supplement that has received a lot of attention lately is probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that ultimately help keep your gut healthy as well as offer many other health benefits.

In recent years, more and more research has assessed the benefits of probiotics. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee a certain probiotic that works wonders for your friend will work as well for you.

Why is that the case?

This effect can be attributed to your gut’s microbiota. Your microbiota is made up of an enormous population of microbes that weigh approximately four to five pounds. Despite humans being 99.9 percent identical in their genetic composure, only one-third of our microbes are found to be similar. This can explain why a particular probiotic may perform better for certain individuals, and provide little to no benefits for others.

So, with all that said here’s how you can make your probiotic work for you.

Take your probiotics with food! When taken with food, this will reduce the amount of acidity in your stomach and make it more possible that the live microorganisms can pass through your system unharmed.

Allow your probiotic to be properly nurtured. This can be achieved by consuming a plethora of prebiotic fiber. This can be done via supplements or eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Although there is no probiotic that is tried and true for every person, a little trial and error can help you find the best plan for your dietary needs. Experiment with what works for you, and don’t forget to take note of any positive changes that your probiotic may be causing.

For more information on the benefits of a probiotic, read another article here.