The digestive system contains 100,000 billion bacteria – that’s 10 times the number of cells in the entire human body! Formerly known as intestinal flora, the community of microorganisms that live in the intestines is now referred to as the intestinal microbiota.
These bacteria, both good and bad, form a complex ecosystem. Among them are probiotics, which are essential for good health. For example, they facilitate digestion, halt the proliferation of infectious bacteria and help regulate bowel function.
10 tips to know about probiotics
- There are many strains of probiotics and the benefits vary for each.
- The quantity of probiotics is indicated per serving on its packaging;
- A sufficient number of probiotic bacteria must be ensured throughout the shelf life of the product;
- Probiotic strains must be approved by Health Canada and have their name on the label.
- Supplements offer a much higher amount of probiotics than fortified foods.
- It is advisable to consult your family pharmacist for an informed choice on the quantities and type of strain to consume.
- It is important to verify which strain is used and the results of clinical research;
- Always ensure that the product has an NPN number to confirm its approval by Health Canada;
- It is advisable to follow the storage instructions of the product perfectly in order to preserve its quality and efficiency;
- Always respect the indicated expiry date.
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