Ask the Health Food Expert – Caroline Farquhar

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PROBIOTICS: Why Yogurt is not enough!

Q- I eat yogurt every day, do I need to take an additional probiotic? There are so many! How do I choose?

It’s great that you’re incorporating probiotics into your daily routine. Eating yogurt is a convenient way of introducing probiotics into the body but bacteria are negatively affected by heat and exposure to other ingredients such as flavors and sugars so a lot of products have no active bacteria at all. On the other hand, probiotic supplements contain high doses of multiple strains of bacteria and clearly list the specific strains on the label and are guaranteed until date of expiry.

Here are 3 important things to look for when choosing a probiotic supplement:

  1. Culture count – this refers to the total amount of bacteria (cfu = colony forming units) per serving and can vary widely from product to product.
  2. Number and types of strains – since we all have a different microbial make-up in our body, it’s important to choose a probiotic supplement with multiple strains. Your probiotic supplement should include many strains of bacteria including bifidobacte­ria for the large intestine and lactobacilli for the small intestine.
  1. Delivery system – most bacteria cannot survive the high acid environment of the stomach. Make sure the probiotic you are buying has a delivery system such as enteric coating. This protects the probiotics through the stomach and delivers them directly to the intestines where they are needed.

Ultimate Flora Critical Care by Renew Life delivers all of this and more. Each enteric coated capsule contains 50 billion beneficial bacteria from 10 different stains. Ultimate Flora Critical Care can provide relief from chronic digestive issues such as constipation, IBS, diarrhea, gas and bloating. It can help to boost your immune system as well as replenish your diges­tive tract friendly bacteria after antibiotic use. In fact, it would take over 50 servings of yogurt to get the same probiotic power as one capsule of Ultimate Flora Criti­cal Care.

Caroline Farquhar is a Registered Holistic Nu­tritionist. She is a regular guest on TV and radio shows across the country, sought-after speaker on digestive care, cleansing and detoxification and is an expert contributor for multiple health websites and magazines.