5 Signs Your Current Probiotic Isn't Working (And What to Do About It)

5 Signs Your Current Probiotic Isn't Working (And What to Do About It)

Gut health is the cornerstone of overall well-being, and probiotics are a popular choice for many looking to support their digestive system. But how do you know if the probiotic you're taking is actually doing its job? 

Let’s explore five signs that your current probiotic might not be working as it should and ways to find the right solution for your gut health needs.

1. Your Digestive Health Isn’t Improving 

Are you still experiencing bloating, gas, or irregular bowel movements despite taking your probiotic on a consistent basis? These symptoms are often the reason people turn to probiotics in the first place. If digestive issues persist or worsen, it could be a sign that your current probiotic isn't effectively supporting your digestive system.

Improvement can take time and may be subtle at first. We recommend using an app or journal to track symptoms, such as frequency of bowel movements or pain after eating certain trigger foods. Notes will help you better understand and monitor changes. While it can take time for your body to adjust, you shouldn’t experience an increase in symptoms for more than a few days. 

2. You Keep Getting Sick 

Did you know that about 70% of your immune system is in your gut? If you find yourself catching every cold that comes your way or frequently battling infections, your probiotic may not be providing the immune support you need. While it isn’t always a sure thing, a well-functioning probiotic should help bolster your body's defenses against illness.

Again, every person and illness is different so tracking your symptoms over time can be helpful. Consider things like how quickly you recovered and how severe your symptoms were. Were you back on your feet quicker than in the past or not? Other medications and natural cold remedies can also impact the effectiveness of the supplement, so take note of that as well. 

3. You Experience Persistent Mood Swings or Fatigue

The gut-brain connection is a powerful one, with imbalances in gut bacteria potentially impacting mood and energy levels. If you're struggling with persistent mood swings, low energy, or brain fog despite taking a probiotic, it's possible that your gut health needs aren't being adequately addressed.

That said, other factors can also impact your mental health. No probiotic will be very effective if you’re not getting enough sleep or taking steps to naturally reduce stress and anxiety, such as meditation, exercise, and therapy. If you’re already doing these things and still not seeing a shift, then the probiotic may not be a good fit. 

4. Symptoms Remain Unchanged Over Time

Patience is key when starting a new probiotic regimen, but if you've been taking one for a few weeks or even months without seeing any improvements in your symptoms, it may be time to reassess. A probiotic that's truly effective should yield noticeable results within a reasonable timeframe.

Most experts recommend giving a probiotic or gut health supplement at least 30 days. During this time, consistency is key. You should make it part of your routine and take it as directed at the same time every day, giving your body a chance to adjust.

If possible, avoid making other significant changes to your diet or routine to better assess the probiotic’s effectiveness. 

5. The Probiotic Isn’t High Quality

Not all probiotics are created equal, and the quality of the product you choose can significantly impact its effectiveness. Factors like shelf stability, potency, and the use of researched strains are crucial considerations. 

Avoid supplements with a lot of additives and artificial ingredients. While these are usually added to improve flavor or texture, sugar, dyes, and preservatives can impact effectiveness and make digestive symptoms worse.

It’s also a good idea to check storage recommendations, expiration dates, and serving suggestions to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. 

Go Beyond Probiotics with Somaya Life

Bottle of Somaya Life

Don't settle for a probiotic that isn't working—make the switch to Somaya Life and experience the difference for yourself.

If you're experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, it’s time to evaluate whether your current probiotic is truly worth the investment. If you’re not seeing the results you hoped for, consider going beyond probiotics with Somaya Life — the world’s first anthrobiotic.  

Smart Strains

Unlike other top probiotic brands that may not offer significant stain diversity, Somaya Life is formulated with 10 scientifically-researched Smart Strains™ of good bacteria. Each strain was chosen to play a specific role in supporting digestive health, your immune system, and overall wellness. 

No Artificial Ingredients

We also try to keep our gut health supplement as simple and natural as possible, cutting out all those extra ingredients that competitors add in. This helps to reduce potential negative side-effects and makes it easier to track whether your body is reactive positively or not.

Somaya Life is non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. 

High Quality 

Plus, every bottle of Somaya Life goes through our three-stage bacteria quality testing that looks at bacteria population counts, purity of the bacteria strain, and consistency. In short, we do everything we can to ensure that every dose is safe and effective. 

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