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Welcome to the world of Probiotics :
Probiotics, they play a huge part 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, you need an update. New products, with recognized therapeutic benefits, are in at .
What are these friendly bacteria ?
To protect our body from attacks, our system contains 100,000 billion microorganisms : 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 food's digestibility (like dairy products) and ease nutrients absorption (like lactose). Simply put : probiotic bacteria regulates digestive functions and reduces the incidence of diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and 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 varies 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 of CFUs, while others rely on our strongest probiotic (73 billion of 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).