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Acne-prone skins, get your probiotics!

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Skin is the largest organ of the body. Needless to say, that this site that constantly exposed to physical, chemical, bacterial and fungal irritants1. The healthy human dermis can produce an army of antimicrobial substances that play an important role in the elimination of potential skin pathogens2. According to statistical data, up to 12% of women and 3% of adult men suffer from adult acne (the problem is generally more serious in men),...

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WHEN BACTERIA TAKES OVER: S.O.S. SIBO

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The “new” evil : Intestinal bacterial overgrowth Have you ever heard of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)? Overcrowding in the small intestine affects up to 20% of healthy people. In normal times, the vast majority of bacteria are found in the large intestine, also known as the colon. Several factors are at work to prevent bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine: acidic gastric secretions that chase certain bacterial strains, peristaltic movements that prevent their adhesion to the intestinal mucosa,...

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Spotlight on Prebiotics

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“The dependence of our gut microbiota on food makes it possible to modify this intestinal flora, to replace pathogenic bacteria with those that benefit us”. – Ilya Metchnikov, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (1908) Prebiotics – precursors to probiotics So far, to the extent of our knowledge, we know that prebiotics are carbohydrates, which are called either fructo or oligo-saccharides. These molecules resist digestion in the small intestine and reach the large intestine where they are fermented by the bacterial microflora1....

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Probiotics, the solution to obesity?

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In Quebec, the prevalence of obesity has doubled in the last 25 years1. According to the most recent statistics, one in five people in the province has clinical obesity1. This global scourge – and the associated comorbidities (such as diabetes and heart disease) – negatively impacts the quality of life of the affected people and their loved ones2. As a result, it is imperative to understand the risk factors underlying the metabolic syndrome,...

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Probiotics: immune revolution

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” It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin The human organism, despite all its complexity and resilience, is constantly at risk of infection. Our immune system is the line of defense against foreign pathogens that are ubiquitous in our environment. From birth, and even before (in the womb), the baby’s microbiota grows, reaching its peak of bacterial colonization after the first year of life....

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Probiotic support during menopause

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Menopause is usually between the ages of 48 and 55, although it can vary greatly from one woman to another1. In Québec, the end of the female reproductive period is on average 51 years old2. The period from 2 to 7 years before menopause, punctuated by irregular periods and several hormonal symptoms, is called perimenopause3. During this transition into menopause, the ovaries do not fertilize more eggs and no longer produce fertility hormones (such as estrogen and progesterone),...

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Healthy aging…through the microbiota

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“Everyone is the age of their heart.” – Guatemalan Proverb A joyful old-age After Japan and South Korea, Quebec is one of the societies with more people accessing advanced stages of life1. Despite this great fortune, statistics on the aging population are not always very encouraging. We are informed about diseases associated with aging, the cognitive decline that occurs over time, the consequent loss of autonomy … And what if we were to bet on the prevention of senescence,...

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Probiotics and pregnancy mix well

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To witness the birth of a child is our best opportunity to experience the meaning of the word miracle. – Paul Carvel Pregnant women’s microbiome The intestinal microbiota of pregnant women is determined by their pre-gestational state in particular: weight, nutritional deficiencies, medical conditions, as well as by the way they experience pregnancy for example: weight gain, their eating habits, if there are complications, among others1....

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Prevail over Vaginitis (bacterial vaginosis)

Women's Health| Views: 281

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection, so we have to talk about it! It is the most common reason for consultation among North American women. It is said that all women will suffer from this infection at least once in their life. Although half of the infected women have no symptoms, the others notice vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Generally, there is no pain or irritation. The reproductive system “houses” many bacteria, including the essential lactobacilli that reduce the vaginal pH and discourage bad bacteria from settling there1....

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Food allergies: Pandemic?

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When eating becomes hazardous  Food allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a normally harmless protein in a food. The immune system of persons afflicted by this condition treats certain proteins as harmful agents against which it must defend itself. The allergic reaction can be immediate or take time to manifest. Symptoms can vary in severity, ranging from difficulty breathing or swallowing to respiratory arrest. Some people may suffer from low blood pressure, fast heart rate,...

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