In a time when you can’t really be certain of the latest health fads, Dannon probiotics have become one of the most trusted foods for gut health on the market. For those of us who have experienced bloating, irregular bowel movements, and other digestive issues, it can be frustrating to find something trustworthy to help with our problems. Not only trustworthy, though, but also palatable. Fortunately, Dannon probiotics meet both of those goals.

Years ago, my mother would wake up every single day and eat a Dannon Activia probiotics yogurt. She’d had an ongoing problem with constipation and was desperate to find something that helped. Activia, a yogurt loaded with probiotics, did that for her. I know, I know, you’re thinking this sounds like a cheesy advertisement, but it’s true. For weeks after she started eating the cherry-flavored Activia regularly, she was giving me full reports about her bowel movements. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you those details.

My mom’s success with Dannon probiotics, though, led me to want to understand more about how they worked. Hopefully, I can answer any questions you may have about the benefits as well.

What are Dannon Probiotics?

First, to understand why Dannon probiotics are so helpful to the digestive system, you have to know what exactly a “probiotic” is. Probiotics are friendly live bacteria or yeast that is good for your gut. When you lose the good bacteria in your body, like when you take antibiotics, probiotics help replace them. There are different types of probiotics that help different things.

Dannon has been researching the health benefits for two decades, long before taking them became trendy. They began incorporating these strains of healthy bacteria in their Dannon probiotics line of yogurts in order to help millions of people reduce the frequency of digestive issues.

Dannon’s most popular line of probiotic products is Activia. The probiotics yogurt my mom credits with her happy digestive system.

Activia Dailies: a delicious way to get your probiotics

Dannon Activia Dailies is a drink that is packed full of the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis. This culture of happy bacteria was chosen by the company because it is able to survive the journey through your digestive system. The probiotic then reaches your large intestine in a significant amount.

Bifidobacterium helps people with a number of different digestive issues if eaten twice a day for two weeks. First, it helps alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is an excruciatingly painful disorder that makes people feel as if they are being stabbed in the abdomen. Further, Dannon probiotics help fight diarrhea. It does this by not just by introducing good bacteria but also with the amount of fiber in each serving. Fiber is essential for the health of your digestive tract.

Activia Dailies also help people who suffer from gas, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and other minor issues. Kirsten Tillisch, a gastroenterologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told NPR that while many probiotic yogurts have not been studied, Activia is one of the products that have. She said that participants involved in the study consumed the yogurt twice or three times a day experienced positive results.

However, the doctor warned people that if you are not going to be serious about eating it regularly, it is not going to work. “I don’t know if having yogurt once in a while will make any difference at all,” she said.

The good news is, Activia Dailies makes it extremely easy to fit the Dannon probiotics into your busy life.

Drinkable yogurt isn’t just for kids anymore

When my son was a toddler, I often bought drinkable yogurt for him. The low-sugar, fruit-flavored drinks were a great way to get a picky child to consume the recommended amount of Vitamin D. Dannon’s Danimals were his absolute favorite. So, when I noticed that Dannon probiotics were produced in a drinkable form, I was thrilled to introduce Activia Dailies to his diet. However, I soon realized they were also a fantastic way for adults like myself to help my gut.

That’s right; drinkable yogurt isn’t for kids anymore.

Activia Dailies come in a variety of flavors that adults and children can enjoy together. From a smooth, refreshing vanilla drink to cherry/blueberry, strawberry and blueberry/strawberry. Not only is each one of them packed with flavor, they are also low-fat. And if you are like me, constantly running around, working and playing with your kids, Dannon probiotics are great because you can just grab one and go. If you choose the drinkable ones, you don’t have to worry about eating it in between traffic lights without it spilling off of your spoon.

Any dangers of eating probiotics?

While the health benefits of probiotics are plentiful, there can be some side effects. One of the reactions people have to them is an increased amount of gas and bloating. However, it is important to note that this usually occurs as your body is adjusting to the probiotics. You can reduce the chances of having this reaction by slowly introducing the Dannon probiotics to your system. For instance, it is recommended that you consume two Activia Dailies per day, but maybe start out with one for the first week and then work your way up to two.

Another possible side effect of probiotics can be increased levels of histamine in your digestive tract. This can trigger an allergic reaction in people who have problems breaking down histamine in their bodies.

If you are lactose intolerant, you may have a problem digesting probiotics. Or if you have an allergy to yeast, you’ll want to stay away from the probiotics with yeast in them.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who are generally healthy shouldn’t have an issue. People who are in poor health, on the other hand, are at a higher risk of having issues with probiotics.

The bottom line is, like with everything else, you want to consult your physician before you start regularly consuming them. Your doctor can tell you whether or not you have a weakened immune system or some other underlying problem that may lead to side effects. The physician can also closely monitor you while you are taking them and let you know if they think you should stop.

Verdict: Give Dannon Probiotics a Try

My mother was right when she said Dannon probiotics were pretty great. Not only have they helped my digestive system, but they are a great meal replacement. Their Activia Dailies are the perfect snack for me while I am working or running around with my kid. The probiotics in the products have not bothered my stomach at all, except for a few days in the beginning. My son is a huge fan of the drinks and asks for one every day.

All of the Dannon products taste delicious, and they don’t have that weird aftertaste some other yogurt products do. Perhaps the most exciting part about all of that is that they are very affordable. An eight-pack of Activia Dailies only runs about $4. So, for about $10, I get all of the probiotics I need every week to keep my unpredictable gut happy.

You should definitely jump on the Dannon probiotics train if you are in good health. It is likely that you will be thrilled with the results and your stomach is going to adore you.


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