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Common Questions About Probiotics Answered

Common Questions About Probiotics Answered

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).


Transient vs. Resident Probiotic Strains

Transient vs. Resident Probiotic Strains

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...


How Probiotics Work

How Probiotics Work

A multitude of factors, including antibiotic use, dietary choices, lifestyle, and genetics, can impact the microbial balance within the gut. Probiotics work by assisting in the transformation of naturally occurring colonies in the environments to which they are exposed. They encourage the growth of commensal (good) bacteria by  replenishing their numbers and/or pushing away non-commensal bacteria that have taken up residence in places they shouldn't be. Any statements or products mentioned herein this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


What Are CFU’s?

What Are CFU’s?

What are CFUs? Colony Forming Units, or CFUs, are the count of probiotics that a manufacturing company guarantees are in one serving of the product b​y the expiry date.​ This means that prior to expiry, an individual dose of the product should technically contain more CFUs than is indicated on the bottle. Any statements or products mentioned herein this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.