Gut health matters. The trillions of bacteria in the digestive system regulate sleep, digestion, and general well-being—and keeping them in balance is one of the secrets to living a happier, healthier life.
Taking a daily probiotic to increase the amount of “good” bacteria in your body has countless potential benefits, but choosing the best source for that probiotic can be daunting. Here are four things to keep in mind:
1. It All Starts With the Perfect Strain
There are hundreds of probiotics, all with their own advantages, but it’s not always easy to choose the right one.
Trying to untangle the differences between Saccharomyces and Enterococcus can be a head scratcher, so it’s important to focus on what matters most. When Twinings®, a leading wellbeing beverages company, created their new Probiotics Teas, they needed a strain that was tough, versatile, and capable of supporting every part of the body.
“As herbal practitioners, we believe that the condition of the gut is the foundation of your overall health,” says Sophia Forrester, Herbal Advisor at Twinings. “In order to ensure good gut health, a wide variety of different microorganisms is key.”
To create that variety, they chose a strain called GanedenBC30®, which is known for its ability to survive boiling water and the trip through the digestive system. This means that when it’s time for it to do its work, the probiotic will be ready to go—and that’s what counts.
2. Pick Ginger If You’re Looking to Warm Up…
Used in Eastern medicine for over 2,000 years, ginger is the perfect ally for a probiotic tea.
By combining this natural anti-inflammatory with the power of probiotics, Twinings® Probiotics Lemon & Ginger tea provides the body with soothing warmth and sets the stage for the probiotic to do what it does best. Four cups per day of this delicious tea, each brewed for at least four minutes, deliver more than 1 billion CFUs which have been shown to help provide effective digestion support, while ginger and turmeric soothe the stomach naturally.
“All of these aromatics help with easing digestion,” says Forrester. “They also have anti-microbial properties that can benefit the gut.”
3. …Or Mint If You’re Ready For a Pick Me Up
Another favorite of traditional herbalists, the taste of mint will brighten any day.
Twinings® Probiotics Peppermint & Fennel tea pairs peppermint and spearmint with the sweet bite of fennel seed—a traditional component of Middle Eastern and East Asian medicine—which can help with all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms.
“As well as tasting great,” says Forrester, “these herbs are rich in essential oils and are great at soothing the gut, easing cramping and spasms, reducing bloating and supporting digestion. So, while the probiotics are doing some deep-level work, the aromatics are helping to soothe some of the more obvious symptoms.”
Not only does this pleasing combination come with a delicious natural zest, the added probiotic will spread the health benefits throughout the entire body.
4. And Make Sure to Keep An All-Purpose Brew On Hand
No pantry is complete without a classic black tea—the sort you can count on first thing in the morning and all throughout the day.
Twinings®’ most popular blend is their iconic English Breakfast, whose fully body and robust flavor are equally good with a squeeze of lemon, a splash of milk, a spoonful of sugar or a taste of honey. Made from the worlds’ finest black teas, this essential tea is now fortified with probiotics—meaning it’s not just good for your soul, it’s good for your gut too.However you like to take your probiotic, Twinings has you covered. Check out their full range of probiotic teas today.