Probiotic Education

Science vs. COVID-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies – Part 3 of 3: Viruses and Supplementation

Science vs. COVID-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies – Part 3 of 3: Viruses and Supplementation

As I mentioned in part 1, no. This is a very controversial subject, thus I write this carefully. It is important that as we discuss this topic, we do not contribute to the spread of misinformation. Please make sure that your sources are trustworthy and that you are referencing original sources, as important information is often taken out of context from secondhand sources. False reassurances, false alarms, and baseless recommendations all have the potential to cause harm, so be particularly mindful when sharing or receiving COVID-19 related information from friends and family. COVID-19 evidence is changing by the day. It’s likely that even some of the information presented in this article will be outdated before long, so make sure to always check multiple credible sources.

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Science vs. Covid-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies- Part 2 of 3: Viral Comparisons

Science vs. Covid-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies- Part 2 of 3: Viral Comparisons

The answer is no, so far as we currently know. Before diving into that information, we would like to express our sympathies regarding the constantly changing information revolving around Covid-19 and the emotional stress that it creates. We are like ping-pong balls bouncing all directions as new research continues to emerge, causing changes in recommendations and protocols to best protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19. This can leave us feeling confused, frustrated, or hopeless. However, it is this same science that gives us hope. Let’s talk about science for a moment.

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Science vs. Covid-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies – Part 1 of 3: Prevention Methods

Science vs. Covid-19, Flu, Colds & Allergies – Part 1 of 3: Prevention Methods

The answer is no, so far as we currently know. Before diving into that information, we would like to express our sympathies regarding the constantly changing information revolving around Covid-19 and the emotional stress that it creates. We are like ping-pong balls bouncing all directions as new research continues to emerge, causing changes in recommendations and protocols to best protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19. This can leave us feeling confused, frustrated, or hopeless. However, it is this same science that gives us hope. Let’s talk about science for a moment.

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Why Should You Choose Probonix?

Why Should You Choose Probonix?

Shopping for probiotics can be tough. There are hundreds of different products to choose from, and it isn’t easy to know what’s best from just looking at the bottle. We’ve talked about some of the advantages Probonix has over other probiotics in previous posts, but we’re going to break it all down here today. Here are the some of the reasons why we think you should choose Probonix over other probiotics.

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Probiotics and Immune Health in the Elderly

Probiotics and Immune Health in the Elderly

Immune health is important at any age, but it becomes increasingly important as we age. This is due to a principle known as immunosenescence, which refers to the gradual deterioration of the immune system brought on by natural age advancement. Immunosenescence is tied to difficulty developing immunities after vaccinations, reduced ability of lymphocytes (T and B cells) to fight off infections in the body, increased susceptibility to disease due to epithelial barrier deterioration, and more. Some of the deterioration tied to immunosenescence is caused by secondary factors associated with age, such as lessened physical activity, changing dietary needs, and increased need for medication.

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Probiotics and Respiratory Health

Probiotics and Respiratory Health

Respiratory health has been a hot topic throughout the world over these last several months. Face masks and respirators have become hot commodities, and immuno-compromised individuals and those with respiratory conditions have had to be especially careful during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve never given too much thought to the relative health of my lungs, but it’s something I’ve found myself thinking about quite often this year. I’m sure the same is true for many of you.

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Probiotics and the Immune System

Probiotics and the Immune System

Can probiotics strengthen your immune system? It is a commonly mentioned claim when probiotics are discussed, but rarely explained. As we explained in an earlier blog about Leaky Gut, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is technically outside of the body. It may sound strange, but you can think of it in the same way that the hole in the middle of a donut is not actually part of the donut. Food passes through the GI tract, but it does not actually enter the body until it is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues. Because of this, it makes sense that approximately 60-70% of your body’s immune system surrounds the GI tract. This puts it in perfect position to intercept harmful substances that are ingested and prevent them from entering the body.

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How Probiotics Keep You Healthy

How Probiotics Keep You Healthy

We’ve written plenty of blogs about different ways that probiotics can help to keep you healthy, but most of them have been deeper dives into specific conditions or promising new studies. So this time, let’s zoom out a bit. Let’s talk about how probiotics can help to keep you healthy and some of the most common reasons people take them.

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Are Fermented Foods Good Sources of Probiotics?

Are Fermented Foods Good Sources of Probiotics?

Fermentation is a technique that has been used to preserve food for thousands of years. Many places without reliable refrigeration or electricity still use fermentation to store food, but even many of those with access to refrigeration implement fermented foods into their diets because they’re delicious and nutritious! The most common kind of fermentation in foods is lactic acid fermentation, in which bacteria and yeasts are used to convert starches or sugars into lactic acid. This is how foods like pickles, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, and kimchi are made. It’s also the method used to make yogurt, which we have talked about previously. The other common forms of food fermentation are ethyl alcohol fermentation (wine, beer) and acetic acid fermentation (apple cider vinegar).

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Can Probiotics Help Infants with Colic?

Can Probiotics Help Infants with Colic?

Between changing diapers, constant feeding, doctor visits, erratic sleep schedules, exhaustion, and just generally learning how to care for an infant, new parents have plenty to worry about in the first few months after birth. Unfortunately, about 25% of parents also have to deal with infant colic, a common gastrointestinal disorder that occurs in newborns one to three months old and leads to prolonged and often intense crying.

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Side Effects from Probiotics

Side Effects from Probiotics

If you’ve kept up with the Humarian Blog for long, you know that we talk about probiotics all the time. Whether they’re improving your digestion, boosting the body’s immune capabilities, helping infants with diarrhea, or reducing the severity of IBD, probiotics offer...

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All About the Acid that Makes Probonix Special

All About the Acid that Makes Probonix Special

Probonix stands above other products in the crowded probiotic market for many reasons. Humarian is one of the only probiotic companies to be loud and proud about the scientific testing we have conducted to prove the effectiveness of our products. Probonix is one of...

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Video Series – Six Truths Wrap Up

Video Series – Six Truths Wrap Up

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn about the Six Truths you should know before choosing a probiotic, it’s time for a quick recap. Truth 1: Your body needs good bacteria There are more than 100 trillion bacteria living in your body! A large number of these bacteria...

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Video Series – Truth #1: Your Body Needs Good Bacteria

Video Series – Truth #1: Your Body Needs Good Bacteria

There are more than 100 trillion bacteria living in your body. In fact, you have more bacteria in your body than cells! Some bacteria in your body are harmful and can be responsible for a wide range of health issues. They can cause everything from diarrhea to...

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How Probonix is Made

How Probonix is Made

At Humarian, we follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We source the highest quality raw ingredients. Each shipment of our acids, inulin, probiotics, stevia, monk fruit, and organic flavoring is lab certified upon arrival and re-verified at multiple steps...

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Probiotics and CFUs: How Many is Enough?

Probiotics and CFUs: How Many is Enough?

Probiotics are defined as ‘live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts confer health benefits on the host’. The potential benefits of probiotics have been well documented, but there is still plenty of confusion about how to evaluate the...

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Probiotics vs. Digestive Enzymes

Probiotics vs. Digestive Enzymes

Some of the most common questions we receive at Humarian involve comparisons between probiotics and digestive enzymes. What’s the difference between them? Which one should I take? Aren’t they the same thing? While probiotics and digestive enzymes are both marketed as...

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Probiotics: Single Strain or Multiple Strains? Which is better?

Probiotics: Single Strain or Multiple Strains? Which is better?

If you’re reading this article, you probably have already figured out that probiotics are good for you, but maybe you’re still trying to figure out how to weigh your options. There are so many facets to consider when selecting a probiotic that it can get overwhelming....

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L. gasseri – A common probiotic strain

L. gasseri – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus gasseri (L. gasseri) is a probiotic bacterium that is found naturally in the genital, urinary, and digestive systems of the body. It is also present in breast milk, fermented foods, and dairy products. L. gasseri serves many important functions in the...

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Is yogurt a good source of probiotics?

Is yogurt a good source of probiotics?

Short answer? It depends. Yogurt can be a great natural source of probiotics if you are willing to adhere to some very specific criteria, but most people don’t eat the right kinds of yogurt or the right amounts of yogurt to meet the needs of their bodies. While it is...

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L. fermentum – A common probiotic strain

L. fermentum – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus fermentum (L. fermentum) is a probiotic bacterium that is located naturally in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vaginal tract in humans. It is more survivable in acid and bile than other probiotic strains. L. fermentum offers a number of potential...

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L. brevis – A common probiotic strain

L. brevis – A common probiotic strain

Though not as widely recognized as other lactobacillus strains, like L. acidophilus and L. casei, Lactobacillus brevis (L. brevis) is a wonderful candidate for probiotic supplementation. This probiotic bacterium is regularly found in sauerkraut and pickles. Like other...

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P. acidilactici – A common probiotic strain

P. acidilactici – A common probiotic strain

P. acidilactici is a highly survivable probiotic strain that has been shown to provide a number of benefits when taken as a regular probiotic supplement. We’ll talk about a few of those benefits here. P. acidilactici is extremely resistant to the acidic environment of...

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L. salivarius – A common probiotic strain

L. salivarius – A common probiotic strain

L. salivarius is a probiotic strain that provides a number of benefits to your body, such as lowering cholesterol, relieving asthma, and reducing tissue inflammation. It is found throughout the body, but it is particularly concentrated in the saliva. Consequently, one...

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L. casei – A common probiotic strain

L. casei – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus casei is a probiotic bacterium that can be found in the reproductive and gastrointestinal tracts of humans, as well as cheeses, wines, pickles, and other fermented foods. L. casei has been shown to provide a number of beneficial effects in the body....

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L. helveticus – A common probiotic strain

L. helveticus – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus helveticus (L. helveticus) is a lactic acid bacterium that is used in the manufacturing process of many Swiss and Italian cheeses, such as Emmental, Gruyere, and Parmigiano Reggiano. It has recently been accepted as a medicinal ingredient in Canada’s...

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S. thermophilus – A common probiotic strain

S. thermophilus – A common probiotic strain

Streptococcus thermophilus (S. thermophilus) is a probiotic bacterium found in the digestive tract. It is one of the two original bacterial strains used to make yogurt. This acid-resistant strain is one of the most effective at modulating the immune system, improving...

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L. Lactis – A common probiotic strain

L. Lactis – A common probiotic strain

L. lactis, a probiotic bacteria, is commonly found in everyday life more easily than other traditional probiotic strains. You’ve probably had some from eating cheese or drinking beer at some point. This is due to the fact that L. lactis has the ability to produce...

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L. paracasei – A common probiotic strain

L. paracasei – A common probiotic strain

L. paracasei is a probiotic bacterial strain that can be commonly found in the mouth and intestinal tract, as well as a number of dairy products. This bacterium can have positive effects on digestion and basic immune functions. It also offers preventative benefits for...

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Did You Know: Not All Probiotics Need to be Refrigerated

Did You Know: Not All Probiotics Need to be Refrigerated

We still get loads of questions asking if all probiotics need to be refrigerated. This question is the result of a common misconception, a relic from the early days of probiotic sales where they were packaged and sold in a manner that required refrigeration for...

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Did You Know: How Your Probiotic is Prepared is Critical

Did You Know: How Your Probiotic is Prepared is Critical

Probiotic supplements are a fantastic way to improve general health. They help to bolster the immune system, improve digestion, and crowd out harmful bacteria in the gut. Most manufacturers of probiotics like to brag about how many billions of live cultures their...

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L. Plantarum – A common probiotic strain

L. Plantarum – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus Plantarum (L. plantarum) is a probiotic bacterium that helps to improve digestion and bolster the body’s immune system. More importantly, it serves important functions in fighting off molds, fungi, and their respective toxins that can threaten the...

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B. Longum – A common probiotic strain

B. Longum – A common probiotic strain

Bifidobacterium longum (B. longum) is one of the many important probiotic bacteria found in the human body. It is one of the primary probiotics that is found naturally in breast-fed infants, and performs a number of beneficial functions in the body. B. longum helps...

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Did You Know: Different Probiotic Strains Do Different Things

Did You Know: Different Probiotic Strains Do Different Things

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in your gut. They help you with digestion and strengthen your immune system. There are many kinds of probiotic bacteria, and each has unique functions within the body. It’s important to know what the different probiotic...

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L. acidophilus – A common probiotic strain

L. acidophilus – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) is a probiotic bacterium that is found naturally in the mouth, intestines, and in the vagina. This probiotic helps to guard against infections and diseases in the body, and it has even been used during chemotherapy treatment....

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B. infantis – A common probiotic strain

B. infantis – A common probiotic strain

Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis) is a probiotic bacterium found in the guts of adults and children. It is also one of the main strains of good bacteria that are typically found in infants.  It has been the focus of research revolving around its ability to treat...

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Antibiotics and Probiotics

Antibiotics and Probiotics

Antibiotics are some of the most useful medications in use today. They combat a wide range of health issues and treat life-threatening disorders. They are perceived to be effective while having minimal risks. This combination of factors explains why they are also...

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Did You Know: Your Body Needs Good Bacteria

Did You Know: Your Body Needs Good Bacteria

There are more than 100 trillion bacteria living in your body. In fact, you have These bacteria can be responsible for a wide range of health issues from diarrhea to food poising to tuberculosis. Your body might be overloaded with harmful bacteria for a variety of...

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B. lactis – A common probiotic strain

B. lactis – A common probiotic strain

Bifidobacterium lactis (B. lactis) is a multi-purpose probiotic bacteria that lives in the gut. It is a powerful strain that has been proven to fight tumor growths, improve digestion, and enhance immune system functions.  B. lactis is also responsible for breaking...

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B. breve – A common probiotic strain

B. breve – A common probiotic strain

Bifidobacterium breve (B. breve) is one of the most helpful probiotic bacteria in the human body. Amongst probiotic bacteria, it is unique in its ability to compete with other harmful bacteria due to the large variety of molecules that it can digest. It makes up the...

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B. bifidum – A common probiotic strain

B. bifidum – A common probiotic strain

Bifidobacterium bifidum (B. bifidum) is the most common probiotic bacteria found in the human body. It’s a good thing it’s so plentiful because this bacteria is responsible for a wide range of beneficial effects in the gut like maintaining the balance of good and bad...

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L. reuteri – A common probiotic strain

L. reuteri – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is a probiotic bacteria that lives in the mouth and gut of people. It is most commonly known for its benefits in treating several childhood ailments, but healthy doses of L. reuteri are capable of providing a wide range of benefits...

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L. rhamnosus – A common probiotic strain

L. rhamnosus – A common probiotic strain

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (L. rhamnosus) is a probiotic bacteria that is most well-known for having incredible tolerance to the harsh gastric acid and bile found in the stomach and digestive system. Due to this extraordinary resilience, L. rhamnosus is an important...

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The Brain-Gut Connection

The Brain-Gut Connection

The connection between the gut and the brain is becoming a hot topic in the gastrointestinal and psychiatric fields. Microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of human are essential to health. They are from an intricate tapestry of organisms that can benefit body...

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6 Truths of Probiotics - The Best Probiotic in the World - Humarian and Probonix

Download our free PDF and learn how to choose the right probiotic for you and your family.