Did you know that 70% – 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system? Research shows that probiotics (friendly bacteria) play a key role in the digestive system by improving gastrointestinal functions.

They also enhance immunity; help regulate hormone balance; protect us from food-borne illnesses; control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus such as candida/yeast; protect us from developing allergies; assist in vitamin production and nutrient absorption; and perform countless other important functions.

It is important to keep a balance of good bacteria in our bodies, however many things can easily upset this equilibrium. Medications, stress, hormonal changes, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies can decrease the population of probiotics in our bodies. Drugs such as broad spectrum antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria we want to get rid of, but also the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Other medications that upset this balance include anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control pills and steroids.

The great news is that we can increase the friendly bacteria in our bodies by adding certain foods to our diet, such as yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut and other fermented foods or we can supplement with probiotics.

Some people may be wondering what probiotic potency they should be using, 2 billion, 6 billion or 50 billion cfu (colony forming unit). Think of a low potency probiotic as your multivitamin.  FloraSMART is a 2 billion dose that you would take every day to maintain good health.

FloraSMART and FloraSMART Extra Strength have a patented blend of 7 probiotic strains to help ensure a healthy microbacterial environment in the intestinal tract and colon. They are the first products to use Bio-tract, an ‘oral controlled’ release technology developed specifically for microorganisms to deliver probiotics through the harsh environment of the stomach and into the intestinal tract where they can be utilized.

After swallowing the FloraSMART tablet, a protective gel layer surrounds the tablet and effectively isolates the probiotics to reduce harmful interaction with the acidic environment of the stomach. Once passing through the stomach, it releases the probiotics in a controlled fashion over time, delivering the living bacteria to the small intestine where they can populate throughout the intestinal tract.

Ultimate Flora Critical Care contains both Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium, making it the most complete and effective probiotic supplement on the market. Ultimate Flora Critical Care is a 50 billion culture, 10 strain probiotic formulated to provide friendly bacteria to both the small and large intestine.

Probiotics for Children
It is equally important to add probiotics to a child’s daily routine. As most of us know, children tend to have less than favourable hygiene habits and supporting their immune systems with probiotics is important.

FloraBEAR is a blend of probiotics specifically formulated for the intestinal tract and colon of children. FloraBEAR is a chewable tablet with a citrus flavour from real orange and orange peel for a taste that children will enjoy. FloraBEAR is a blend of 3 resident strains of probiotics normally found in children: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, and Bifidobacterium Infantis. These 3 probiotics work synergistically to help ensure a healthy microbacterial environment in a child’s intestinal tract.