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Weight Loss

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.

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