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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when taken in adequate amounts, offer a
health benefit.”

In other words, probiotics are “good”, “friendly” or “healthy” bacteria that when ingested may help support good health.

Probiotics can be found where?

Probiotics can be found in various forms, however most people associate them with yogurt and dietary supplements. But as consumers become more aware of the benefits of probiotics, they find that probiotics can be found in a growing variety of fortified foods and beverages around the world.

What’s going on in there?

From the day you were born, your digestive tract has been exposed to a steady stream of bacteria – some helpful, some harmful. One key to intestinal health is maintaining a balance of these helpful and harmful bacteria. Over time, many factors including diet, aging, antibiotic use, travel, medications, illness, stress, and hormonal changes, can disrupt intestinal balance.

To help level the playing field of good and bad bacteria, you should add a daily supplement or probiotic fortified foods and beverages to your diet.

How do I choose a probiotic?

Not all probiotics strains are the same. Different strains offer different benefits and some probiotic strains survive manufacturing processes, shelf life and digestive transit better than others. When choosing a probiotic consider the following:

  • Is it safe and has the FDA reviewed the safety data?
  • Does it survive the extremes of manufacturing?
  • Does it survive the shelf life of the product?
  • Will it survive digestive transit?
  • Is there published research to support it?

Once you’ve gathered all of this information, then you’re ready to decide which probiotic is right for you.

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