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A deep dive into CanPrev’s Probiotics

A deep dive into CanPrev’s Probiotics

We have trillions of bacteria living inside us. While some are good, others can cause harm. And when they live in harmonious balance, you are less likely to experience digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pains. 

While probiotics help you colonize more beneficial bacteria to balance out the harmful species, there’s a lot that goes into choosing the right one. If you’ve read our Deep dive into your gut microbiome, you’re already familiar with the two main beneficial bacteria – Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.  Read on to learn about choosing the right probiotic for your individual needs!

Getting in your daily dose of probiotic-rich foods

Your gut microbiome flourishes when you include fibre-rich foods. This is because good bacteria feed on the fibre, and this creates an environment in which they can thrive on. A variety of fermented foods also helps support your gut microbiome. Humans have been fermenting foods since the beginning of time – it used to be our main method of preserving food. Now that we have access to electricity and refrigerators, fermented foods aren’t as prevalent in the average diet. 

Fermentation of food occurs when the natural bacteria in these foods feed on sugar (naturally occurring or added) to create lactic acid. During the fermentation process, the bacteria will multiply and promote the beneficial enzymes and B vitamins that will go on to make your gut happy!

To keep your gut microbiome thriving, reach for fermented foods such as:

  • Pickles 
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Miso 
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir 
  • Sourdough bread

There is no specific recommendation on the amount of probiotic-rich foods you need to eat each day. But what we know is that the greater the variety in fermented foods, the more your gut microbiome can colonize different beneficial bacteria.

What about probiotic supplements?

Probiotic-rich foods should be your first source of probiotics, but some situations may leave you needing more than what your diet can provide.

You may need to supplement with probiotics if:

  • You have taken a round of antibiotics in the last 3 months
  • You are looking to improve your digestive symptoms (like constipation, diarrhea, IBS)
  • You want to boost your immune system 
  • You don’t regularly eat fermented foods

Choosing the best probiotic for you

A probiotic supplement is only as good as the strains that are encapsulated inside. Each strain of bacteria is carefully selected for its specific beneficial purpose, fermented, concentrated, and to be produced as a capsule, liquid or chewable supplement. When you look at the back of the probiotic bottle, you’ll see strains listed with a unique identification stamp such as Bifidobacterium bifidum HA-132. Many probiotics are made up of a combination of strains, depending on the purpose of the supplement.

Single strain vs. multi-strain probiotics

Most of the time, having more than one strain of probiotic is ideal. Consuming a variety of strains at once is closer to what we would achieve when we eat naturally fermented foods – they can contain billions of strains at once! 

Some specific strains have been researched for improving certain conditions. 

Probiotic options for you

Pro-Biotik 15BCanPrev Pro-Biotik 15B bottle

Strains (5):

  • Bifidobacterium bifidum HA-132
  • Bifidobacterium longum HA-135
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus HA-122
  • Lactobacillus plantarum HA-119
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus HA-111

This everyday probiotic contains the most common strains that are naturally found in the human intestinal tract. Think of this one as a “multivitamin” to enhance your natural gut flora and flourish what you already have! If you don’t generally eat fermented foods, this formula can help support your gut microbiome with the good bacteria it needs.

Pro-Biotik 50B Extra Strength

Strains (14):

  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BI-07
  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis DSM 15954 Bb-12
  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Lactis
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-06CanPrev Pro-Biotik 50B Extra Strength bottle
  • Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum BL-05
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
  • Lacticaseibacillus casei Lc-11
  • Lacticaseibacillus paracasei Lpc-37
  • Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Lp-115
  • Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus GG
  • Ligilactobacillus salivarius Ls-33
  • Lactococcus lactis LL-23
  • Lactococcus lactis MJC18
  • Pediococcus acidilactici UL5

In cases where you may need more than just a gentle boost of probiotics, you may want to consider our extra strength formula. It is a high-dose, comprehensive formula containing multiple strains to address gastrointestinal upset symptoms like stomach pain, constipation and bloating. It is an excellent option to improve digestive health and boost the immune system during cold and flu season. It’s also great for replenishing bacteria after the use of antibiotics, which are meant to wipe out bad bacteria. But sometimes they wipe out the good ones, too. So taking an extra-strength probiotic such as this one can help restore the good bacteria within you.

Pro-Biotik Bowel TransitCanPrev Pro-Biotik Bowel Transit bottle

Strain (1):

  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis HN-019

If you’re tired of relying on laxatives, you may want to improve your bowel movements at the root cause. Bifidobacterium animal subsp. lactis HN-019 works directly on the large intestines to reduce straining, bloating and pain while improving bowel function, bowel movement and stool consistency. When the terrain in your digestive system thrives, you can look forward to easier bowel transit.

Pro-Biotik Chewable

Stains (2):CanPrev Pro-Biotik Chewable bottle

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM
  • Bifidobacterium lactis BI-07

For those that aren’t a fan of capsules, we have a chewable version of our immunity probiotic formula. Lactobacillus acidophillus NCFM and bifidobacterium lactis BI-07 increase immune activity and regulate inflammation in the digestive system. It’s a great everyday addition to enhance your natural gut flora. And it’s safe for kids too!

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