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What Are Probiotics?
Commonly known as living bacteria that inhabit our digestive system, “probiotic” literally means promotion of microorganism grown.
Probiotics and probiotic supplements can include bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi (yeast).
A glance at Lacto and Bifido Strain Benefits: Lactobacillus acidophilus – Maintains integrity of intestinal walls. Lactobacillus fermentum – Helps neutralize toxic products made during digestion, promotes a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Lactobacillus rhamnosus – The “travel probiotic“- found to be effective in reducing occurrences of traveler’s diarrhea. Bifidobacteria bifidum – Promotes healthy digestion in both small and large intestines; especially helpful for proper digestion of dairy. Bifidobacteria longum – Helps crowd out bad bacteria, helps neutralize everyday toxins in the gut, breaks down carbohydrates without producing excess gas. Saccharomyces boulardii: a non-pathogenic, transient (non-colonising) yeast, originally...
Resident bacteria strains, or permanent gut dwellers, live on the walls of your intestinal tract. They form a protective layer against pathogenic ("unfriendly") germs there. Transient probiotic strains, or temporary visitors, follow the digestive process and are eventually evacuated from the body. They are helpful in fighting certain types of bacteria, and are important to the immune system. Resident strains: Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria bifidum, Bifidobacteria breve, Bifidobacteria longum, Bifidobacteria infantis, Lactobacillus animalis, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Transient strains: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Brevibacillus laterosporus. Any statements or products mentioned herein this...
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