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Probiotics

We recommend separating probiotics from antibiotics by at least 3 hours with more time preferred.  For best results, consult with your healthcare provider to discuss your options.
Probiotics are living microorganisms, typically bacteria native to the human digestive tract, which aid the body in a plethora of digestive processes and support the healthy structure and function of your gut. Commonly found probiotic bacteria include, but are not limited to species from the Lactobacilli, Bifidobacterium, and Bacillus genera. Prebiotics, on the other hand, consist of anything that stimulates the growth of probiotic bacteria. Vegetables are our primary source of... Read more
Typically, the best way to take probiotics is with a glass of water (or drink of choice) because it takes longer for the bacteria to pass through the stomach safely when taken food. 
There is no truly "best" time to take probiotics because each of us lives at the behest of countless environmental factors like diet, family, or additional supplementation. Our general recommendation is to take your probiotics before bed because, while you're asleep, digestive motility slows, enabling the probiotic bacteria additional time to colonize your digestive tract.
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We do not. To study the effects heat has on our products, we placed a bottle of Theralac in a temperature controlled environment at 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 96 hours. It did not lose potency. In fact, Theralac lost only 13% of it's total potency after spending 14 consecutive days at 100 degrees. It is important to note that probiotics do not go bad or spoil like a carton of milk would in high temperatures. Our Totally Inert Packaging, which includes amber glass bottles, anti-oxygen and... Read more
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Quite common! Many lifestyle factors influence the balance of beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract including, but not limited to: stress, poor diet, alcohol, travel, and aging. It's hard for a modern person not to have a probiotic deficiency to some degree.
Typically, you want to keep probiotics separated from food by about 30 minutes because most probiotic supplements do not have a method to protect the bacteria through the acidic environment in the stomach. Instead, many proiobitic manufacturers rely on excessive overage or select strains with mild acid tolerance. Yet, even in the best case scenario, 99% of these bacteria die in the stomach, long before reaching your small intestine. Because of this failure rate, many probiotic companies... Read more
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The probiotic bacteria attach to the soft lining (wall) of your intestinal tract and help keep it healthy. The Lactobacillus ("lacto") strains are most active in the small intestine while the Bifidobacterium ("bifido") strains work best in the large intestine (colon). A healthy intestinal wall encourages optimum absorption of nutrients including vitamins and minerals which supports healthy digestion and elimination.
No, Granular Theralac® does not dissolve completely in water. It is ideal to gently stir into a soft food such as applesauce or yogurt so the granules form a clear gel matrix, but it can be added to juice or a smoothie (after blending) but it will not dissolve completely in water.
CFU (colony-forming units) is a unit of measurement used to estimate the number of viable bacterial colonies that form on a petri dish. Viability is an organism's ability to reproduce. CFU is calculated by counting the number of viable colonies that form on a petri dish. Colonies are only visible if they have reproduced significantly which implies that the sample is both viable and healthy. Once a plate has visible colonization, the CFU can be calculated for that sample.Further Reading:How to... Read more
Your intestinal tract contains over 100 trillion microorganisms from over 1,000 different species. Probiotic bacteria, including those in our products, have been used in dosages of one trillion CFU/day or more without harmful effects.  Human beings have been eating fermented foods and beverages since time immemorial but only recently has the connection between gut health and probiotic consumption been probed by researchers. Probiotic bacteria are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the... Read more
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Probiotic bacteria work by attaching and adhering to the soft lining of your intestinal tract. After adherence, they begin to eat the same food you eat, converting it into lactic acid. Lactic acid is the primary mechanism probiotic bacteria use to promote a healthy digestive system. As they grow and reproduce, probiotics keep your digestive tract healthy by promoting the growth of all beneficial bacteria which colonize the intestinal walls which further stimulates the growth of other... Read more
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A probiotic is any supplement containing one or more species of beneficial bacteria intented for human consumption. Probiotics are good bacteria that promote healthy structure and function of your digestive tract and immune system.  Most probiotic supplements use probiotic bacteria of human origin, typically from the Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus species. Other bacteria, such as those from the Bacillus and Staphylococci families, can be probiotic in nature as well. The... Read more