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Probiotics for Skin: Do Probiotics Promote Skin Health?

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Skin is the body’s largest and fastest growing organ in the body. Skin plays an instrumental role in the health of every individual in ways many don’t realize. Skin is the primary defender against infection, environmental changes, UV rays, injury, and chemicals. Similar to the human gut, the skin is colonized by various types of … Read more

Lactobacillus Gasseri

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While bacteria are often associated with sickness, infection, and a host of other health issues, they are an essential part of a healthy GI system. The gut microbiome, consisting of countless bacteria found mostly in the large intestine, has been known to contribute to the overall health of an individual. Probiotics are live bacteria that … Read more

The 5 Best Prebiotic Supplements

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Last Updated: February 8, 2019. Many people are aware of probiotics these days because of the advances in knowledge of gut health. Probiotic microorganisms play a big role in our digestive health, especially in those with digestive disorders. But did you know that probiotics don’t reach their full potential if they don’t have prebiotics as … Read more

What Are Prebiotics?

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Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers, carbohydrates, and certain types of sugar that act as food for probiotic microorganisms that pass through the digestive system. By eating prebiotics or taking a prebiotic supplement, you can improve the balance of microflora in your gut, which can encourage better overall health. In this article, we’ll be discussing the difference … Read more

Bifidobacterium Longum: A Probiotic Bacteria

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Bifidobacterium longum is a rod-shaped, Gram-positive, anaerboic bacterium strain in the Bifidobacterium genus of the phylum Actinobacteria (1,2). Bifidobacteria are prokaryotes, which mean that they are unicellular organisms that do not have a membrane-bound nucleus, mitochondria, or membrane-bound organelle (3). These bacteria are considered obligate anaerobes, which have a very low oxygen tolerance and die … Read more

Lactobacillus Casei

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Lactobacillus casei is a rod-shaped, gram-positive, non-spore forming bacterium strain in the Lactobacilli genus (1). It is found in many strains in lactic acid fermented food products such as sauerkraut, fermented meat and fish, sourdough, pickled vegetables, and wine as well as in beets and dairy products such as Mozzarella cheese (1,2). The bacterium Lactobacillus … Read more

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

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What is Lactobacillus rhamnosus? Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a form of naturally occurring bacteria that is commonly found in the genital and urinary tract of human females. It is one of the most widely used probiotic strains, and is often used to prevent or treat gastro-intestinal infections and diarrhea, and to stimulate immune responses that … Read more

Lactobacillus Salivarius

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Lactobacillus salivarius is a form of naturally occurring bacteria that is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tracts of most humans. L. salivarius is one of 25 species in the L. salivarius clade (group of organisms with a common ancestor) of the genus Lactobacillus. The name Lactobacillus salivarius comes from the properties of the saliva in … Read more

What Are Probiotics? A Guide to Probiotic Foods, Supplements & Benefits

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What are probiotics? The World Health Organization(WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.[1] Probiotics provide these health benefits in several ways: Probiotics stimulate the immune system They produce vitamins and enzymes They reduce serum cholesterol They improve lactose absorption They inhibit pathogens They … Read more

Probiotics for Digestive Problems

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In a time where we our society is burdened by high-stress work environments, low-quality fast food, fatigue, and an obsession with antibiotics, natural gut flora is under attack. Our digestive systems are deprived of their natural, health-promoting microorganisms, and bacteria that causes illness takes over. Probiotics, which have received significant attention over the past few … Read more