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Brighten up your menu with probiotics

Gut Health, Well Being| Views: 27

The benefits of probiotics on health are well recognized. They have positive effects on the digestive and immune system and on organs in the body such as the heart and brain. To fully enjoy the benefits of these good bacteria, probiotics must be consumed every day. A daily consumption allows to maintain the balance in the microbiota, this very populous and decisive intestinal flora, from which emerges all the beneficial bacterial activity. Daily intake is not always easy when one is caught in the whirlwind of life,...

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Probiotics for a genius mind

Kids Health| Views: 26

The effects of probiotics go well beyond the intestines: of course, they optimize digestion at any age, but also develop the brain of the little ones, in addition to supporting their immune system, avoid embarrassing episodes in the bathroom and to prevent certain dermatological problems occurring at a young age. Psycho-biotics If it’s true that everything is determined before the age of six, it is best to start the supplementation early. And, once older and bigger,...

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Bacterial colonization and dentition

Kids Health, Well Being| Views: 35

Bite into life with your pearly whites! Humans are made up of more bacterial cells than cells specific to the body. Only a few hours after birth, the mouth is richly colonized1. Nearly a thousand bacterial species inhabit the oral cavity of healthy people, forming a balanced microbiota that prevents dental problems and gum disorders, among other things2. Periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the mouth, affects many elderly people....

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Never leave without them: Travel probiotics

Gut Health, Travel| Views: 44

On the road to the unknown or the all inclusive resort! Although traveler’s diarrhea is more common in tropical and developing countries, other destinations are not exempt. You are planning a family trip and you want to avoid the “turista”, Montezuma’s revenge, or any other colourful nickname according to the region you travel to such as Delhi Belly in India, Kathmandu Quickstep in Nepal. The statistics are meaningful: up to 60% of travelers can be affected by this condition since their systems are not accustomed to foreign bacteria1....

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Health through the belly

Gut Health, Well Being| Views: 43

“Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.”  Jean-Jacques Rousseau Digestion and seniors Our digestive tract is populated with a hundred trillion organisms, more than ten times the total number of cells in the body1. This is an overpopulation that favours its host … as long as it welcomes more good bacteria than bad. Things go wrong when there is a microbial imbalance in the system caused by changes in diet,...

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Gloomy end of life rather than happy?

Well Being, Women's Health| Views: 38

“Depression is the leading cause of years lost due to disability.”   World Health Organization, Geneva 2008 Depression in the elderly It is difficult to obtain statistics on geriatric depression, as depression is underreported in seniors’ surveys, which makes it impossible to reveal the true extent of the problem. Old age is a period of loss and frailty (in terms of autonomy, cognition, motor functions, among others). It may well be that you know a relative,...

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Intestine patients: change your faith!

Gut Health| Views: 86

Inflammatory bowel diseases, an umbrella term that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are chronic disorders with severe relapses followed by periods of remission1. Unfortunately, their incidence has been on the rise for the last thirty years, the subject has been put forward and medical expertise is dedicated to finding solutions2. Although the origins of inflammatory bowel diseases remain unknown, their inflammation is attributed to an exaggerated immune response in people with impaired intestinal microbiota (known as dysbiosis) and a damaged epithelial barrier3,4,5,6....

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Burning sensation : urinary infections

Women's Health| Views: 176

It is estimated that in North America 20% to 40% of women have had at least one urinary tract infection1. The symptoms of this infection are a strong, persistent urge to urinate, even though there is a sensation of incomplete emptying (called pollakiuria), a burning feeling when urinating, and a cloudy urine with or without unpleasant odors2. The current treatment of this bacterial infection remains the prescription of antibiotics,...

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Be wise – back to school with Probiotics

Kids Health| Views: 421

Returning to the classroom or daycare involves the resumption of an academic, food, sleep routine and presents its share of butterflies … and of bacteria in the belly! Contacts between pupils at school and children at the daycare service as well as the germs in these environments can seriously test the immune system of our young ones. Starting probiotic supplementation about a week before going back to school and kindergarten is a wise idea, to prepare the bacterial flora of your little geniuses and give a boost to their immune system to prevent unwanted infections....

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Anti-aging probiotic cure

Gut Health, Well Being| Views: 208

With life experiences and the years passing, the body changes. The composition, diversity and function of the microbiota is altered over time. The decline of the immune system (called immununosenescence) as well as a chronic inflammation (inflammaging) are responsable of this situation1. The population is aging: in 2016, almost 40% of Canadians were over fifty2. Rejuvenating strains? The bacterial profile varies from one person to another and even more so,...

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