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Weight loss seems to always be a hot topic. At any given time you or someone you know is likely trying to lose weight.  In addition to the aesthetic appeal of dropping extra pounds there is extensive research about the added health risks posed when you are overweight or obese. Multiple studies have indicated probiotics can be helpful in losing weight and reducing belly fat.

Residing in your digestive system are hundreds of microorganisms. Most of these are friendly bacteria. Good bacteria produce several important nutrients such as vitamin K and some B vitamins. Beneficial bacteria also assist in breaking down fiber which your body is unable to digest. It turns it into useful short-chain fatty acids like butyrate.

Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes are the two main families of good bacteria in the gut and it appears that their balance is linked to body weight.

Research has shown that often moderate weight people have different gut bacteria than overweight or obese individuals.  The good bacteria which probiotics help to populate your gut with have been found to lower body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist size. Using probiotics for weight loss can help to lessen your belly fat, reduce bloating and improve your digestion and minimize cravings.

Most studies found that obese people had more Firmicutes and less Bacteroidetes than their moderate weight counterparts. Also, people who are obese often have less diverse gut bacteria. Those who are already obese with less diverse gut bacteria are prone to putting on more weight than those with obesity who still maintain diverse gut bacteria.

Probiotics may actually help your body to take in less calories from the foods you consume as they may  be able to impede dietary fat from being absorbed and cause more fat to be excreted with feces. Probiotics can increase the body’s ability to break down nutrients and help you to feel full longer, burn additional calories and reduce fat storage. This is partially because of the increased levels of certain hormones such as GLP-1.

Also, probiotics could help with the release of hormones which regulate your appetite and increase the levels of fat-regulating proteins.

There is significant evidence that says that obesity is connected to inflammation in the body. Probiotics boost the health of your gut lining which can lessen systemic inflammation. Probiotics can reduce gut inflammation and increase metabolic function. At the same time they can limit the fat storing hormone and promote regular bowel movements.

Regular and thorough elimination also aids in weight loss and since probiotics help with constipation this is another way they may contribute to losing and managing weight.

Diet and exercise are also key components when attempting to lose weight but increasing research indicates that probiotics can be beneficial in aiding in your weight loss journey and subsequent weight management.


Constipation is not fun. It is a difficult functional bowel disorder. The symptoms include reduced stool frequency, stool that is very hard, trouble passing stool, feeling as though the evacuation was incomplete and pain or cramping in the abdomen. It is very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it is also quite common. About 14-16% of adults worldwide are affected by it.  Many people who chronically suffer feel it seriously affected their quality of life. It is estimated that in the U.S. alone constipation accounts for 92,000 hospitalizations annually and is the most common digestive complaint. Constipation can be caused by many factors. Some of them include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pregnancy, poor diet stress, inactive lifestyle and medications. Probiotics can help to treat constipation.

One study found that almost half of the patients suffering with chronic constipation are not happy with the conventional treatments offered. These include laxatives and fibre supplements. Multi strain probiotics have been shown to offer relief.

An imbalance in your gut can lead to constipation. Probiotics can help to minimize or prevent constipation by increasing short-chain fatty acid production, reducing the pH of the colon and upping the bile salt metabolism. This all assists in stimulated peristalsis. Also, probiotics can enable the colon to keep a healthy lining of mucus to clear the way for the process of defecation.

Some research has proven that on average probiotics increased gut transit time by 12.4 hours, upped weekly bowel movements and caused the stools softer thus easier to pass. Even infrequent constipation can disrupt the balance of your digestive system. Fecal matter contains waste products including many species of pathogenic microorganisms. When it stays in your colon longer than necessary it can start to affect the balance of your gut microbiota. Probiotics can help to populate your gut with good bacteria.

Probiotics also are beneficial in managing IBS and can help to alleviate symptoms associated like constipation, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen and bloating.

When you gut microbiome has adequate healthy microbes it works at the right pace to allow nutrients from the food you eat to be properly digested and to then expel the things it does not need in the form of a bowel movement on a regular predictable schedule. This allows you to feel comfortable and avoid the unpleasant effects associated with constipation. Probiotics play a vital role in ensuring this balance in your gut.


When bad bacteria or yeast like Candida overgrow in your gut it causes an imbalance in your entire gastrointestinal environment. This is called dysbiosis. Having too much Candida can result in many undesirable symptoms including indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies or intolerances, and yeast infections. It can also cause symptoms not directly related to your digestion including feeling tired, lethargic, frequent infections, sore joints, headaches, low mood, irritability and depression. Adding a daily multi strain probiotic to your routine can rebalance your gut and begin to get rid of these unwanted symptoms.

Everyone has about one pound of bacteria in their system. Billions of bacteria are living in your intestine. This may sound gross, but the good news is that most of this bacteria is actually beneficial. Making sure your system stays well balanced supports both healthy digestion and a strong immune system. An overgrowth of Candida albicans causes your system to become out of balance.

Candida is an extremely fast-growing yeast. It can multiple very quickly after any negative shock to the intestine. Since antibiotics are unable to differentiate between good and bad bacteria, they often kill the beneficial bacteria in your system while eliminating the bad bacteria you were taking them to rid your system of. This allows Candida yeast the chance to rapidly grow and dominate your gut.

Probiotics are especially helpful when your digestive system is under extra stress. They can assist in keeping your gut balanced when you take antibiotics or travel. Since probiotics strengthen your immune system they are able to inhibit the growth of disease causing bacteria and yeast by regulating the acidic environment in the gut.

Probiotics can help get rid of Candida overgrowth because they replenish the good bacteria in your gut. The beneficial bacteria is then able to create big, healthy colonies that crowd out Candida yeast, regulate your stomach acidity and strengthen your immune system.

To maximize the benefits of probiotics it is recommended you pair them with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Antibiotics, a diet high in sugar, stress and pollutants can all destroy the good bacteria in the gut and permit pathogens like Candida to overgrow. Adding a daily probiotic is a great way to round out your healthy lifestyle and prevent unwanted instances such as Candida overgrowth.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gut-brain disorder. It often results in a myriad of unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. It can cause pain in the abdomen as well as diarrhea, constipation or a combination of the two. For people suffering with IBS it can have significant negative impact on their lives even affecting them economically as it can result in missing work.

The exact cause of IBS is still being researched however recent studies have suggested that an imbalance in intestinal microbiota (the microorganisms living in your digestive tract) and an intestinal barrier that is not working correctly. When this barrier is fully functioning, it assists in keeping possibly harmful contents in the intestine while letting nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Probiotics can help to line the surface of the gastrointestinal tract and prevent harmful organisms from reaching it. They also help to make the tissue of the bowel wall stronger.

Recent studies have indicated that probiotics could be helpful in treating IBS and the majority of sufferers find them helpful. The reason that probiotics are useful in managing the symptoms of IBS might be because the condition has been associated with an imbalance in the gut microbiome. People who suffer with IBS commonly have less good gut bacteria and more bad bacteria then their nonsuffering counterparts.

By adding a daily multi strain probiotic IBS symptoms can be reduced because probiotic bacteria cause a large increase in the number of good bacteria in the gut. This means that there is a reduced amount of space for the bad microbes that might result in IBS. Also, by having plenty of good bacteria in your gut it can assist in breaking down foods which might exacerbate IBS. By having a healthy gut microbiome it could help to minimize the impact of stress on the gut which is a key factor for a lot of people who have IBS.

Many people with IBS may find certain foods trigger them. NOVA probiotics are gluten free, lactose free and available in vegan options to suite any intolerances or lifestyle choices.

IBS can be debilitating and significantly impact those who suffer lives. Adding a daily probiotic can help to manage IBS, improve your overall gut health and greatly enhance your quality of life.


Acne is tough. It can affect your self confidence and there is always the fear that it will scar especially if you are prone to picking and squeezing at those nasty little pimples. Obviously, everyone knows it is best to leave them alone but sometimes it is just so tempting to try to pop them.  There is an entire section of the beauty industry dedicated to preventing and eliminating acne. They are usually topical agents including creams, gels, lotions and washes which are applied to the skin. Many contain ingredients which may help to treat acne especially if it is fairly mild. However, did you know that good skin often begins in your gut? That is right there is a direct relationship between clear skin and the health of the bacteria in your gut.  When you have issues with your gut you will often see a change in your skin also. One study even found that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is far more prevalent in people with acne than those without. The people with IBS also had more severe acne.  An increasing number of dermatologists are now suggesting their patients take probiotics.

Probiotics can help to keep your skin looking great because they calm internal and external inflammation. They help to reinstate the skin’s barrier function. They even provide protection from damaging environmental particles.

Often acne will flair up as a result of your gut’s balance being thrown off. When there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut it will often manifest as acne on your skin. Also, when then balance between healthy and unhealthy bacteria in your gut is off the intestinal lining can get damaged which allows irritating substances to get into your bloodstream. This triggers your immune system and can cause inflammation throughout your body.  A daily multi strain probiotic is an excellent way to ensure that the lining of your digestive tract is smooth and robust.

The gut can affect skin health through what is referred to as the gut-skin-axis. 70% of your immune cells are located in the gut so the gut microbes can affect the function of immune cells. Hopefully this results in an escalation in the production of anti-inflammatory messengers called cytokines and a decrease in the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria called dysbiosis in the gut is often present in acne and can have negative impacts on your immune responses. As a result of dysbiosis, inflammation or infection in the gut, the gaps between the cells lining the gut get bigger and result in what is known as “leaky gut.” When there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria it can damage the gut wall and the contents of the gut leak through this unusually permeable lining. This can cause an immune cell response, triggering inflammation in the body that can lead to the development of acne. Bacterial by-products can also get through these gaps in the gut wall lining and enter the bloodstream to the skin where they can dry and harden the skin. Probiotics hinder the growth of harmful bacteria and make the gut wall lining stronger.

Sometimes a doctor or dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics to help clear up acne. Unfortunately, while this often wipes out harmful bacteria it kills off good bacteria too. Antibiotics are unable to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy bacteria.  Probiotics can repopulate the good bacteria to ensure a balanced gut post medicine.

Stress is a common cause of acne. When your body responds to stress cortisol which is the primary stress hormone is released into the bloodstream. It can bind to receptors in the skin and cause elevated sebum production and inflammation. Stress can also cause dysbiosis in the gut. Probiotics can help to manage this and keep both your gut and skin healthy.

A daily probiotic as well as drinking plenty of water can help keep your gut healthy, your bowel movements regular and your skin acne free.


When bodies are young it may be easy to take for granted that everything functions well and feels generally strong and healthy. As you get older it becomes more difficult to ignore that good health is truly one of the most valuable aspects of enjoying a high quality of life. When neglected it may be apparent that not everything in your body looks or feels how you wish it would.

 Everyone has trillions of bacteria living in their intestines, predominately in their large intestines. This helps with the immune system, digestion and other bodily functions. Some of the bacteria helps and fights disease and ailments while others cause it. That is why it is essential to have a balance of good and bad bacteria. Adding a daily probiotic is integral to this balance and to promoting robust overall health. Probiotics can assist seniors in fighting off unfavorable bacteria such as Clostridia and Bacteroides which are more frequent with age. They also help to replenish good bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli which decrease with age. Scientists concluded that 60 to 70 percent of a child’s gut was bifidobacteria and that by the time a person is elderly it is only a mere 5 percent. This could be a contributing factor as to why disease is more prevalent as you age.

As you get older the diversity and amount of bacterial species in the gut lessens. This decrease affects how well the body can perform certain functions and my lead to your body having trouble functioning as it had in your younger years. Various studies have discovered links between changes in the gut microbiome and illnesses including dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and Type 2 Diabetes.

Not having a balanced gut can cause many unpleasant digestive conditions including diarrhea, constipation, bloating and even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For elderly people taking a probiotic to help balance the good and bad bacteria can help limit how often they suffer from diarrhea and how long the bouts are when they do occur. As a senior you may be on medications that cause constipation as a side effect or you may find yourself  less regular due to a diet low in fibre or a decrease in physical activity. Probiotics can assist those suffering with constipation greatly by rebalancing the gut flora, increasing mucus production in the intestines and improving how often you have a bowel movement as well as the consistency.   While these digestive issues are often very unwanted it is important to be aware that they are more than just nuisances at the time. They can also be early indicators of more serious issues if the balance in the gut is not restored. A fragile immune system, difficulty focusing, mood swings and allergies can all result.

Many people notice that as you get older foods you could once indulge in with abandon now are more difficult for your systems to handle. If you are finding that you are more lactose intolerant and can no longer easily digest sugar in dairy products probiotics may help.  Likewise, they can be beneficial in relieving various food and skin allergies.

No one wants their breath to smell bad. Sometimes, no amount of brushing or mouthwash seems to help. This is because a lot of bad breath comes from the gut. By caring for your gut with a daily probiotic you may be able to improve the smell of your breath.

Keeping your brain sharp is important as your age. Probiotics have been shown to improve cognition and mood. When your gut becomes inflamed due to an imbalance of bacteria and is left unresolved for an extended period of time bad bacteria  and other substances can leak into your bloodstream and eventually get to your brain.  This causes inflammation called neuroinflammation or inflammation in the brain.  Increased findings are showing a link between inflammation in the gut, inflammation in the brain and cognitive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Elderly people often have weakened immune systems allowing them to be more susceptible to illnesses which they will in turn have more trouble fighting and often experience worse symptoms then their younger counterparts. Probiotics can be a crucial factor to strengthen immunity.

Your senior years are a time to relax and enjoy the life you built. A daily probiotic can help to ensure that you feel your best and your body performs well while also helping to prevent debilitating and often life threatening diseases.


Borders are open and restrictions are being lifted leaving many people yearning to travel. As the temperatures drop in much of North America many people are ready to escape to warmer destinations. Of course, no one wants their vacation ruined by tummy troubles. NOVA Probiotics Ultra Strength and Travel probiotics are expressly formulated to help prevent you from getting sick while you are away.

It is recommended that you begin taking a daily probiotic at least two weeks before you expect to travel. This will assist in seeding the beneficial bacteria in your gut which will help enhance immune function and increase the likelihood of good health while travelling. While you are away be sure to continue with a daily probiotic for the entirety of your trip. NOVA probiotics do not require refrigeration making them easy to bring with you wherever you go. We suggest you continue taking probiotics in your daily life but at minimum you should take for at least two weeks after your return home.  By forming a protective barrier over the mucous lining of the intestinal tract probiotics can stop the entry of pathogenic bacteria that may try to enter your body through food or water.

Traveler’s diarrhea is a very common issue for travelers. It is easily spread from person to person as well as from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. A daily probiotic can help to handle acute infectious diarrhea. They also help to restore the balance after the symptoms dissipate.

Some travellers also experience bloating and constipation when they are travelling. Probiotics help prevent these uncomfortable digestive problems.

You are on holidays it is a time to relax and relish. For many people this will involve enjoying and sometimes over enjoying alcoholic drinks. It is a pity to have last night’s festivities ruin this morning’s plans. Probiotics can help you to avoid those awful hangovers. Alcohol does many things within the digestive tract. It increases the production of acid which aggravates the gut lining and can cause inflammation of the stomach and GI tract lining and potentially altering the gut flora. Some studies have concluded that people who drink alcohol habitually have decreased levels of good gut bacteria. Even just five short days of supplementing probiotics showed positive increases. Probiotics are also able to get elevated liver enzymes back to normal levels. If you have a healthy and balanced gut you are more likely to be able to handle overindulging once in a while and feel better faster. Probiotics actually assist in metabolizing alcohol. Also, by taking a probiotic before going to bed and again mid morning you can often lessen a hangover because certain strains of probiotics help to breakdown the toxic metabolites of alcohol breakdown and prevent them from accumulating.  Probiotics help to move acetaldehyde through your system more speedily. This is believed to be responsible for inflammation and other hangover symptoms.  Drinking plenty of water during the night out as well as before sleeping is also helpful as it minimizes the effect of dehydration. When you consume alcohol the yeast in your gut tends to increase and probiotics help to maintain the balance of bacteria and yeast.

While you are exploring a new country you may also want to partake in experimenting with new cuisines. NOVA probiotics pro-digest formula allows you to better enjoy your food without encountering stomach issues.

When you are travelling to new and exotic destinations your bodies will often encounter unknown or harmful bacteria. This can make you feel sick and cause you to experience unpleasant stomach cramps, bloating, constipation and traveler’s diarrhea. Drinking booze and eating foods that are more processed, fatty or sugary are all common when you are letting lose on holidays. However, all of these things can deplete the good bacteria in your gut. This makes replenishing the good bacteria with a probiotic extra important.


An active lifestyle contributes to your overall health. A strong, robust body allows you to achieve peak physical performance. When your body is your most valuable tool the importance of taking care of it increases.  A daily probiotic is the perfect addition to your training regime.

Anti inflammatory probiotic strains have shown they can help improve recovery from muscle damage caused by exercise. Athletes often want to build muscle. Proper diet and strength training are important but so are probiotics as they can aid in digestion and protein absorption. For an athlete’s body (or anyone’s body) to get the most out of the protein they eat it needs to be properly broken down. Then the small intestines are able to absorb it and put it to use within the body. Athletes may take in enormous quantities of protein at once. Probiotics also aid the body in producing digestive enzymes that digest proteins that might otherwise be difficult to break down and absorb. Therefore, if protein shakes, powders and bars are combined with probiotics the protein can be better absorbed and more beneficial to the athlete.  Probiotics can help the with the body’s absorption of vitamins and nutrients into the bloodstream. By absorbing the most nutritional value possible from food you are able to have more energy, improved recovery and increased stamina.   Probiotics also aid in turning food into hard working fuels making them a great way to maximize your workout.

Studies have shown evidence of the role of a healthy microbiome in althletic performance with elite runners having a greater abundance of Veillonella (part of the flora) that seems to confer a metabolic advantage for endurance exercise by converting exercise-induced lactate to propionate. A 13% increase in endurance performance was found in pre-clinical studies with Veillonella.

Athletes who have immune depression often find that it gets worse. This is because their lifestyles involve extravagant amounts of training, stress, interrupted or weird sleep schedules, and environment extremes. This can contribute to a greater risk of respiratory tract infections. Other factors which may impact some athletes include exposure to crowds, travel, and not being vigilant with their hygiene which may increase how much they are subjected to pathogens, thus also increasing infections. Since about 70% of the immune system is found in the gut probiotics can help to strengthen the immune system and help ward off infections. Probiotics have been shown to reduce the number of instances where athletes end up with upper respiratory tract infections as well as reducing the severity and duration.

Vigorous, prolonged exercise particularly in the heat can increase gut permeability which can possibly result in systemic toxemia. Certain strains of probiotics are able to better the integrity of athlete’s gut barrier function.

Physical assertion requires energy. Studies have found that probiotics can produce B vitamins which are integral to energy production. Probiotics are also beneficial in increasing the absorption of minerals like iron, copper, magnesium and manganese which are all important in the production of energy process. Also, by repairing your gut and minimizing inflammation using a daily probiotic you are able to boost your energy levels.

If you find that you are stressed a lot and then do high-intensity interval training repeatedly it does not allow time for the gut to relax. This can cause digestive issues. If you have GI issues add a daily probiotic and consider trying more restorative exercise such as Pilates and walking.

Whether you are training to go pro or just look and feel your best and have fun taking part in sports and physical activity probiotics can aid in optimizing health and performance. They are beneficial for recovery, immunity and decreasing inflammation.

Nova for Women

Life happens. Taking care of your body by eating well, working out, sleeping enough and eliminating stress can be hard. While those are all important one amazing and super easy thing that you can do for your overall health is taking a daily probiotic supplement. This is beneficial for both men and women but there are some extra special reasons why it can help women.

Nova probiotics have a formula designed just for females and their body’s needs. Whatever stage of life you are in whether trying to get pregnant, breastfeeding or going through menopause a daily probiotic can help you in your journey.

Staying well is certainly a hot topic these days and we know that at least 70 percent of the immune system can be discovered in the gut. Within your gut good bacteria work to maintain balance and aid with digestion and immunity. Your gut health is so important in your overall wellness affecting everything from your mood to your weight.

Many women have suffered with urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Very unpleasant right?

Women’s menstrual cycles, stress and being on antibiotics all contribute to changes in the vaginal flora. If this flora is not healthy it can escalate the chances of yeast infections, UTI’s and bacterial vaginosis. Studies have shown that a daily probiotic was more effective in preventing UTIs then a daily antibiotic and do not include possible negative side effects. By strengthening the health of you intestinal bacteria the concentrations in your vaginal bacterial can change. Certain probiotics can actually kill unhealthy vaginal bacterial species and quell the growth of known vaginal bacterial pathogens. Also, there can be an increase in the growth of healthy bacterial species through improvement in the acidity of the vagina which certain probiotics have demonstrated the ability to do. A microscopic yeast organism called Candida albicans is responsible for most yeast infections. While this is found in a healthy vagina it can create issues and possible cause uncomfortable systems if the yeast grows out of control. Factors that contribute to this unwanted growth include stress, changes in diet, hormones and illness. A daily probiotic can assist in keeping a balanced internal environment.

Both sexes can and do experience issues with their weight however women tend to struggle more. Why is this? One reason is that females often have more body fat and less muscle than men. Muscle mass contributes to the metabolic rate. Probiotics can help with managing and maintaining your weight as well as weight loss in several ways. Obese people often have less diverse gut bacteria then their lean counterparts. Probiotics have been shown to decrease the calories absorbed and increase the nutrient break down. Probiotics can help you to feel full longer, burn more calories and store less fat. This is partly caused by increasing the levels of certain hormones like GLP-1. They also can reduce gut inflammation and boost metabolic function while limiting the fat storing hormone and nurturing regular bowel movements.

Looking great can help many women to feel their best. Since toxins that are stored in your gut can manifest and detox in unforeseen ways like through your skin maintaining a healthy gut can actually help with everything from acne to eczema. Many people do not realize that a lot of skin issues are actually a by-product of an unhealthy gut. Probiotics have also shown to help minimize scalp inflammation to help strengthen the hair follicles. This can minimize the amount of hair fall you experience and boost the growth of your hair giving you thicker, healthier locks. Every hair on your head is surrounded by nourishing blood vessels. Probiotics attack the bad pathogens that can cause disease and keep your blood healthy which keeps your hair nourished and can promote hair growth. By helping with the digestion and absorption of amino acids probiotics can also lead to shiner and more lustrous hair and stronger nails.

Having your period is one of the more unpleasant parts of being a lady. PMS which effects up to 75% of women is certainly one of the more undesirable aspects. PMS symptoms happen as a response to fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels during menstruation. The changing of hormone levels not only influence fertility but also can impact the neurotransmitter levels in the brain which cause mood swings. Many women’s strong PMS symptoms are related to estrogen dominance within their systems. This is often directly linked to gut health.  Once the estrogen has completed its function in your body it travels to the lover to be broken down and flushed out in urine or stool.  The liver then passes these estrogen by-products on to your gut for excretions. This can be a smooth, easy process if your gut microbiome is healthy. Specific microbes called estrobolomes in the gut decide whether the estrogen will pass out as they should or will be recirculated within your body. An imbalance in estrobolome may mean that estrogen is not correctly eliminated and the larger amount circulating escalates the symptoms of PMS.

While not all women want to get pregnant for many pregnancy is one of their most monumental life moments. Conceiving can be a struggle for some women. There have been studies which indicated that having a good ratio of certain probiotic strains can help. If you are trying to get pregnant speak to your OBGYN about which probiotics may help you the most.

A daily probiotic offers several benefits during pregnancy. They help to keep the tummy healthy by supporting digestion and promote a strong immune system. It not only benefits the mom-to-be though but also the unborn child. This is because babies get their first good bacteria through their moms both while they are in the womb and when they travel through the birth canal. This helps to form their immune systems.

While you are breastfeeding probiotics serve to keep the mom healthier which changes the composition of the breast milk to make it better for the baby.

These days many women seem to be “doing it all” from excelling in their careers to maintaining full family commitments and social calendars. A daily probiotic can help increase your energy levels to help you keep up. They increase the absorption of minerals like iron, copper, magnesium and manganese which are all important for the production of energy. B vitamins are also essential for energy production and a healthy gut flora aids in producing extra B vitamins.

With everything happening in the world it can be hard to remain in good spirits and depression and anxiety seems to plague so many. A daily probiotic can help elevate your mood. 90% of serotonin is made in your digestive tract.  Since the gut-brain connection is so strong anxiety and stomach problems are often linked. The gastrointestinal tract is very sensitive to emotions and can show signs in your stomach. If your gut is not happy and healthy it sends signals to your brain therefore triggering stress and depression.

Of course there are things about getting older that let’s be honest suck. Many women find menopause devastating. Remember getting older is a privilege not everyone gets. 52 is the average age for a woman to start to experience menopause. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and that affects different systems including the microbiome. By maintaining a healthy gut with healthy bacteria all functions can perform better. This includes digestion and internalizing the right ingredients and nutrients. An unhealthy gut can show symptoms like inflammation, irritable bowel, diarrhea and constipation. Daily probiotics can help with abdominal bloating and weight gain caused by menopause. Gut microbiota is known to control levels of oestrogen an important hormone which decrease in production during menopause. This hormone also influences the composition of microbiota in the gut. A shortage of oestrogen causes the relationship between the gut microbiota and oestrogen to be restructured. Therefore, managing the microbiome is especially essential during menopause. Women in menopause are at increased risk of osteoporosis and studies have shown that probiotics can help increase lumbar bone mineral density. Certain strains of probiotics have also demonstrated their effectiveness in assisting women in managing menopause symptoms like fatigue, vaginal dryness and nervousness.  For women over 50 a daily probiotic can have drastic positive results.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women around the world. The good news is that studies have indicated that Lactobacillus acidophilus and L reuteri both of which are in Nova Feminine probiotics can reach the mammary glands and anti cancer effects. During mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery probiotics can play a part in the therapy of postsurgical infections. The breast microbiome may impact cancer susceptibility and recurrence and commensal bacteria could affect the response to therapy by modulating the tumor microenvironment.

Women are awesome and their bodies deserve to be celebrated and nurtured. A daily probiotic is an extra boost in helping you to live your best life.


Anyone who suffers with allergies knows they are so annoying. An increasing amount of people are developing allergies and it has been suggested that lack of exposure to good bacteria may be a factor. Bacteria in your gut contributes to your immune system and help teach your body how to react to sickness and foreign substances. A daily probiotic is recommended to balance the good bacteria in your gut, which will produce a more robust immune response to common allergens.

Runny nose and sneezing are common reactions to allergic rhinitis which is caused by dust, pollen, mold spores, pet fur and other allergens in the air. The runny noses and sneezing are your body’s immune response to foreign substances. It is often doable to change and reduce the severity of these symptoms  and experts believe that using probiotics can help.

Allergy symptoms and digestive symptoms are commonly interwoven because of histamine. Histamine is released when a foreign substance like pollen or dust or possible threat is recognized as entering the body. In response to the detection of a foreign substance mast cells release histamine to let your body know it needs to respond. Then, because of the histamine release surrounding blood vessels dilate, which increases the white blood cells and blood plasma proteins in that region. The antigens from the foreign substance and the antibodies from immune system proteins bond. Sometimes severe allergy symptoms are a result of your immune system overreacting to the perceived threat. This can be for many reasons but with seasonal allergies it is often due to the fact that your body is unable to keep up with the number of perceived threats invading your system. People who have seasonal allergies have greater than normal levels of histamine. Most often these heightened levels of histamine stem from a digestive disorder or a digestive microbial imbalance. When histamine and deficient gut health are mixed they can cause worsened allergy symptoms and digestive problems like bloating and cramping. Lowering your histamine levels and restoring your microbiome help immensely with allergy symptoms. Some strains of probiotics seem to change the balance of antibodies which can be extra useful for those whose allergy symptoms are provoked in the summer by pollen.

The past couple of years have shone a spotlight on the importance of good hygiene and sanitization to eliminate bad bacteria however, the problem in that sometimes the good bacteria ends up also being killed in the process. Studies have indicated that kids who grow up in sterile environments have a greater chance of developing allergies, asthma, and other problems associated with immunity later in their lives. When children do not have strong gut flora they miss out on a lot of crucial diversity that would allow their bodies to handle foreign but harmless substances such as pollen. NOVA probiotics offer a special line just for kids to help them build a strong gut.  

Certain strains have probiotics have demonstrated the ability to regulate T-cells in the body which can assist in producing a more powerful immune response to common allergens.

Probiotics also help make you gut wall stronger which prevents pathogens and allergens from seeping through and causing problems for your immune system.

It has been found that people who have allergic rhinitis symptoms have a better quality of life when taking a daily probiotic and may experience fewer episodes each year.

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