You take a daily multivitamin but are you also taking a daily probiotic? You should be! There are over 500 types of bacteria in the digestive system and they weigh around 4 pounds (the weight of a brick!). Research shows that friendly bacteria play a key role in the digestive system by improving gastrointestinal functions, enhancing immunity, helping to regulate hormone balance, protecting us from food-borne illnesses such as food poisoning, controlling overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus, protecting us from developing allergies, assisting in vitamin production & nutrient absorption.

Many things can upset the balance of good bacteria in our digestive tract such as medications, stress, age, hormonal changes, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies. Things like broad spectrum antibiotics not only kill the bacteria we want to get rid of, but also the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Other medications that upset the balance are anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control pills and steroids. The great news is that we can increase the friendly bacteria in our bodies by taking supplemental probiotics.

With so many probiotic supplements on the market, finding one that is right for you can be confusing. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a probiotic supplement:

  1. Look for high culture count.
    The culture count refers to the total amount of live, friendly bacterial cultures in a single serving.  Some people may need a higher amount depending upon age or health-related concern.
  2. Check out the number of strains.
    There are over 1,000 strains of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Look for the naturally occurring strains that begin with L’s and B’s, like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.  It’s also important to get a variety of strains because each person’s body has a different bacterial footprint and utilizes some bacterial strains better than others.
  3. Make sure the probiotic is designed for delayed release.
    Probiotics must travel through the harsh stomach environment and be delivered to the intestines to be effective.  If they never make it through the stomach acid, they won’t do you any good.  Probiotics with a delivery system remain intact through the stomach and begin dissolving in the small intestine where the pH is more alkaline and where they are needed most.
  4. Look for potency at time of expiration, not manufacture.
    Any probiotic is fresh when manufactured, but very few remain at full strength through their expiration date. Be sure to read the label, so you’ll know you’re giving your body the probiotic it needs.

Which Renew Life probiotic is right for me?
Now that you know why you need probiotics and what to look for in a quality product, let’s look at which probiotic by Renew Life best suits the needs of you and your family.

Ultimate Flora Critical Care
  – Daily high potency probiotic support
– Improves digestive health and immunity

Ultimate Flora VS For Women
  – Combats vaginal yeast and candida
– Treats and prevents urinary tract infections (UTI)

Ultimate Flora Colon Care
  – Improves symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s disease and colitis
– Treats chronic constipation and/or diarrhea

Ultimate Flora Ultra Potent
  – Improves severe digestive issues such as gas, bloating and indigestion
– Replenishes good bacteria after antibiotic use

BoulardiiMAX
  – Protects against serious bacterial infections such as C-difficile
– Treats and prevents diarrhea including travellers’ diarrhea

Ultimate Flora For Kids
  – High potency chewable probiotic for ages 3 and up
– Improves regularity, digestion and boosts immunity

FloraBEAR
  – Lower potency daily probiotic for children for the maintenance of good health

FloraBABY
  – Clinically researched probiotic for newborns and older
– Powdered formulation that offers therapeutic support for digestive and immune health

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