WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PROBIOTICS:
Probiotics play a huge role in our health. They are the body’s healthy bacteria. Where do they come from? What are they? What do they have to do with our natural defense system? You might know that they ease bowel transit, but how? Oh, and if the word “probiotic” still means “yogurt” to you, well, you need an update. New products, with recognized therapeutic benefits, are in at NOVA Probiotics.
WHAT ARE THESE FRIENDLY BACTERIA?
To protect our body against the attack of dangerous microorganisms, our system contains 100,000 billion “good” bacteria. Probiotics: an assortment of different strains of beneficial bacteria that are found in our intestines. Together, these different species of beneficial bacteria form the intestinal flora. Each microflora (or intestinal flora) is unique; it is first determined by the mother’s flora at childbirth, and further influenced by lifestyle and external conditions.
YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS LOCATED IN YOUR GUT:
Almost 70% of the immune system is found in the gut. The cells of the intestinal immune system sort out harmful bacteria from beneficial bacteria. It is therefore essential to take care of our digestive health to ensure the proper functioning of our defenses. Maintaining a healthy and balanced gut flora, benefits our overall health. And, nowadays, nothing is easier than damaging our gut flora; even an antibiotic treatment can radically alter the gut flora.
PROBIOTICS AND DIGESTION:
Probiotics obviously play an important role in the digestion process. They produce enzymes (like lactase) that improve our food’s digestibility, (like dairy products) and ease nutrients absorption (like lactose). Simply put: probiotic bacteria regulate digestive functions, and reduce the incidence of diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, etc.
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS?
Taking a probiotic supplement is the easiest and most convenient way to ensure that a sufficient number of good bacteria live in our gut. The quantity of probiotics needed varies depending on many factors (age, sex, lifestyle, health condition, etc.), some people are fine with a daily dose of 8 to 15 Billion CFU, while others rely on our strongest probiotic (73 Billion probiotics per capsule) to feel healthy. This is mostly the case of people who travel a lot and people with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis).