then and now

Our knowledge and use of probiotics for good stomach health have been around for quite a while.  Over a century ago, Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner Élie Metchnikoff theorized that health could be enhanced and senility delayed by manipulating the intestinal microbiome with host-friendly bacteria found in yogurt. Metchnikoff was convinced that a person could enhance the chances of living a longer life by simple, sober living, and daily consumption of “soured milk” beginning in childhood and continued.1

Nowadays, the use of probiotics is common. They are found in many dairy products and fermented food, as well as in dietary supplements.2


Interest and research in probiotics have grown significantly. Probiotics are now available in many different formats and delivery methods. The future is bright for probiotics.


  • 1 Recycling Metchnikoff: Probiotics, the Intestinal Microbiome and the Quest for Long Life

  • 2 Ciorba MA. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. 2012; 10(9):960-968

Your microbiota:

the forgotten organ

Our intestines are populated by a large number of various bacterial strains: a well-balanced and rich intestinal flora, also called the microbiota, is able to protect us from many disorders.1 Its activity helps with everything from digesting food, to fighting infections and protecting the body from toxins.3,4 It can also help to shape your immune system and even impact mood.5,6 When there is an imbalance, we can suffer from issues like bloating, diarrhea and other abdominal pain.

Your microbiota can become out of sync. Illness, or an antibiotics treatment can influence the composition of beneficial microbes in your intestines.4 Stress, lack of exercise and diet can also potentially distort the balance of the microbiota in your gut.6,7


In healthy people the microbiota is well balanced. A quality probiotics supplement can be a way to help maintain gastrointestinal health.

Did you know... ?

  • Your gut microbiota is unique to you – nobody else has exactly the same collection.7

  • More than 100 trillion microbial cells is hosted by our body.7 This “community” is formed by more than a thousand-different microbial species.
  • Breast milk has components that can support the growth of bifidobacteria, which can help protect newborns from pathogens.9
  • Your microbiota can help you digest fibers and cellulose. It also helps to regulate your gut movements, can supply essential nutrients, synthesize vitamin K.4


Navigating your digestive system

The body’s digestive system breaks nutrients from food into parts small enough to be absorbed and, which it then uses for energy, growth and cell repair. The way it does this is complex, involving different organs, tissues and cells.1


This is the short version:


  • The food you eat passes into the stomach, then to the small and large intestine.1
  • Digestive enzymes, stomach acids, bile, produced in different parts of the digestive system act on the food to break it down into small enough parts which are then absorbed by your body for energy, growth and to repair tissues.1
  • The indigestible food waste is then processed and passes out of the body during a bowel movement.1


That much everyone knows. But what you probably didn’t realize is that your gut microbiome is packed full of microorganisms, including bacterias.2 

Did you know... ?

  • The bacteria in your microbiota help digest your food. They help in breaking down certain substances found in wheat, soybeans and some fruit and vegetables.3
  • The bacteria in your microbiota work on destroying certain toxins therefore helping to protect the body.3
  • They also help to regulate the passage of food through the gut.3
  • The microbiota in your gut also supports your body’s immune system, and helps to protect against harmful pathogens.4

In a healthy adult eating a good diet and with a healthy lifestyle, the digestive system usually works away fairly unnoticed.


But when the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in your microbiota is disrupted it can lead to digestive problems, as well as more serious health conditions.3



the key to good gut health


Yes, probiotics can help children maintain their gastrointestinal health.


CFU stands for Colony-Forming Units.  The number of CFU is high (often in the billions) to ensure that the microorganisms are still alive when they get to your gut. 


The word itself comes from the Greek meaning “for life”. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal system and help maintain gastrointestinal health.


STRAINS refer to the origin of the live microorganisms contained within the probiotic itself and they are usually accompanied by a long Latin name.  Each strain offers a different health benefit and combining complementary strains helps to target the overall desired benefit of the probiotic. 


In your body, the majority of bacteria are located in your gut. They are a part of a healthy human ecosystem and help the body function properly.


Probiotics help: 

• Helps support intestinal/gastrointestinal health.
• Could promote a favorable gut flora.


Probiotics can help complement your body's natural collection of both good and bad bacteria to help keep your gut healthy and balanced

To learn more about probiotics health benefits,

visit the International Probiotics Association website. We are proud to be a member of this recognized association.

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