Dosage and Strorage Tips
Start with one adult scoop (0.8 gram, 224 billion cfu’s) of the probiotic powder first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (30 minutes prior to eating). Dissolve the powder in a glass of de-chlorinated water and drink it. Do this ONCE a day only. Stay at this dosage for about 3-5 days.
If you are not happy with the results, raise the dosage to two scoops a day, one in the morning and one at bedtime. After one week go to three scoops a day if you still are not getting the expected results. The highest dosage we recommend is four adult scoops a day. You can always lower the dosage or stop taking probiotics for a few days. You may also visit our Dosage Suggestions section to more info.
Start with one baby scoop (0.1 gram, 25 billion cfu’s) of the probiotic powder first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Dissolve the powder in a glass of water and drink it. Stay at this dosage for about 3-5 days.
If your child is not getting the expected results raise the dosage to one scoop in the morning and one scoop at bedtime. Stay at this dosage for one week. If you are still not happy with the results go up to 2 scoops in the morning and 2 scoops at bedtime. You can always lower the dosage or stop taking probiotics for a few days.
Every digestive system is unique like a fingerprint. You need to find the dosage that best suits YOU or your child. It may be one, two, three or even six scoops a day depending on age and the desired result. This gradual increase in dosage is a good way to find the optimum dosage.
Our probiotic supplements are temperature stable for 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. We have done 2 year temperature stability testing on our probiotics . We overdesign our probiotics so that the loss will not effect the potency indicated on the label. One can travel with our probiotics for 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. It is best however to keep probiotics refrigerated for optimum potency. Below is our 2 year temperature stability study for your information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why are we called Custom Probiotics?
A. We can make a custom blend of any of the single strains that we carry on the website to be added to any of our formulations.
Q. What are Probiotics and how do they work?
A. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” For more info click here. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that inhabit the digestive system naturally. Antibiotics, infection, bad diet, and stress negatively affect the intestinal microflora. The proper dosage of probiotics will be of great help in normalizing the flora in the digestive system, and hence improve digestive and immune response.
Q. Do your products contain any dairy or gluten?
All of our products are dairy and casein free, hypoallergenic, and do not contain any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sugar, gluten, soy or FOS. They do not utilize milk, milk derivatives, galacto oligosaccharides (GOS) or inulin as added ingredients in the fermentation media.
Q. Should I follow a certain diet while taking probiotics?
A. A lot of our clients have Candida, Autism, food allergies and other digestive issues. Therefore it is best to use a sugar-free and natural food diet with a lot of vegetables, fibers, and some fish and chicken. This is because Candida and bad bacteria grow on sugar. Therefore proper diet and nutrition are very important.
Q. What are cfu’s?
A. Colony Forming Units. It’s the bacterial count of probiotics.
Q. How do I know I’m getting the specified amount of cfu’s?
A. We do independent lab testing on our probiotics to verify the bacterial count at the time of sale. Although the count is higher at the time of production, the count on the label is the count at time of expiration, which is one year from the date of manufacture.
Q. What is a good dosage?
A. Dosage varies from person to person based on the severity of their situation. These dosages vary from 25 billion cfu’s per day up to 800 billion cfu’s per day. Low dosage probiotics will have limited health benefits. You will need a higher potency in order to achieve the desired results. Many of our customers have used other probiotic brands with minimal results due to low potency. Click here for more detailed dosage suggestions.
Q. How would I know whether to get 50 grams or 100 grams?
A. It depends on how much you need and how quickly you will go through it. 100 grams is more cost effective. If one uses one adult scoop (200 billion cfu’s) per day of our probiotic powder, 100 grams will last 4 months.
Q. What time of day should I take probiotics? And can I take them with other medications, vitamins or antibiotics?
A. Probiotics are best taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and/or at bedtime. A lapse of 30-45 minutes before or after a meal is also recommended. If you are taking antibiotics you should have a 2-hour gap before or after taking the probiotics.
Q. What is the maximum amount of capsules or scoops I can take a day?
A. Dosage varies from person to person. Depending on the condition, if you are taking our Adult Formula CP-1, 8 capsules is the maximum amount to take a day (equivalent to 400 billion cfu’s). If you are taking our powders, the maximum amount is 4 adult scoops a day (equivalent to 800 billion cfu’s).
Q. How long will a 50 gram or a 100 gram powder last me?
A. 50 grams is equivalent to 60 adult scoops. Each adult scoop measures 0.8 grams (equivalent to 200 billion cfu’s). If you take one adult scoop a day 50 grams will last 2 months while 100 grams will last 4 months. We also include a child scoop measuring 0.1 gram equivalent to 25 billion cfu’s. 8 baby scoops are equivalent to 1 adult scoop.
|Large scoop 100 grams (200 billion cfu’s)
|Large scoop 50 grams
|Small scoops 100 grams (25 billion cfu’s)
||2 baby scoops/day
|Small scoops 50 grams
||2 baby scoops/day
Q. Why do some people get a “die-off” reaction?
A. “Die-off” reaction is due to a “war” between the ingested probiotic good bacteria and the bad bacteria in the digestive system. The more the imbalance of intestinal flora and the higher the dosage of probiotics taken, the higher the “die-off” reaction can be. That is why our dosage protocol is to go up in dosage gradually.
Q. What happens if the probiotics stay out of the refrigerator for a few days?
A. The loss is very minimal. We have done 2 year temperature stability testing on it. We overdesign our probiotics so that the loss will not effect the potency indicated on the label. One can travel with our probiotics for 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. It is best however to keep probiotics refrigerated for optimum potency.
Q. Why aren’t Custom Probiotics enteric coated?
A. The argument for the need of enteric coating is mainly marketing. It is true that in the laboratory one can demonstrate enhanced survival to acidic conditions when you compare powder vs. enterically coated capsules, however the need for that to achieve efficacy is not demonstrated. Our clinical trials have not been performed with enterically coated capsules, however efficacy is noted. Our strains are also pre-selected for excellent acid/bile tolerance and the capacity to survive intestinal transit. And for the last 11 years we have obtained excellent results from all our clients worldwide.
Q. Do probiotics help with parasites?
A. Yes and no. It is best to kill the parasites first with prescription drugs or certain natural foods and supplements. Garlic, papaya seeds, pumpkin seeds, fibers (such as bentonite clay and psyllium husk) are helpful in killing the parasites. A sugar-free diet, junk food-free diet is essential. Normally probiotics are used after parasites are brought under control. Dosage is important. We suggest high dosages of probiotics.