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Probiotics are live microorganisms, often referred to as “good” bacteria, that have numerous health benefits. Good bacteria live in our digestive tract and are necessary for our bodies to function properly. Good bacteria help our body digest food, destroy disease-causing “bad” bacteria, and produce important vitamins, along with many other essential functions. Probiotics need to be alive, stabilized and robust to properly adhere to the intestinal tract and produce beneficial health effects.

Taking daily probiotics supports the health of our digestive tract. This is important because a balanced digestive tract is key to maintaining overall health and wellness, preventing disease and boosting immune response and recovering from illness. Probiotics do this by balancing and nourishing a healthy microflora in your gut—the microscopic and bioactive ecosystem of bacteria that largely determines our general health. Taking probiotics daily ensures we have a healthy mix of gut bacteria so our bodies function properly.

Probiotics, to be effective in humans, are most often living cultures derived from mammals. Many of the probiotic cultures in foods are not derived from mammals, but are rather derived from plant and soil bacteria. These are often termed ‘spore forming cultures’ and behave quite differently than typical lactic acid producing strains. The most common forms of probiotics for human health are derived from either Lactobacilli or Bifidobacterium strains.

Yes. Probiotics help support and improve digestion. This is because a healthy digestive tract must contain colonies of good bacteria to function properly. Good bacteria breaks down and absorbs nutrients. Probiotics help our digestive tract by maintaining or restoring the colonies of healthy bacteria needed in our gut to work effectively. Innovia™ Nectar Digestion contains the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei LP-DG™, which has been shown to be clinically active in numerous research studies and one of the most widely respected human health strains ever discovered.

Yes. Probiotics play a key role in preventing and improving diarrhea symptoms. Diarrhea occurs when the normal process of gastrointestinal absorption has been disrupted, either by an infection or by an imbalance in the bacteria in our gut, creating the general inability of our gastrointestinal tract to break down and absorb ingested nutrients. When this happens, foods and fluids pass too quickly through the digestive system, resulting in loose and watery stools three or more times a day. A common cause of diarrhea is also the use of antibiotic treatments which, while eliminating bad bacteria, also destroy healthy microflora.

Yes. Probiotics play a key role in preventing and improving diarrhea symptoms. Diarrhea occurs when the normal process of gastrointestinal absorption has been disrupted, either by an infection or by an imbalance in the bacteria in our gut, creating the general inability of our gastrointestinal tract to break down and absorb ingested nutrients. When this happens, foods and fluids pass too quickly through the digestive system, resulting in loose and watery stools three or more times a day. A common cause of diarrhea is also the use of antibiotic treatments which, while eliminating bad bacteria, also destroy healthy microflora.

Although some health-care practitioners suggest taking probiotics after we are done with a course of antibiotics, it is also a good idea to take probiotics at the same time we take antibiotics. This is because the antibiotics work to wipe out all microorganisms in our gut, both good and bad. Taking probiotics during this time will help repopulate the good bacteria we need during this time to facilitate digestion, immunity and other health benefits of good bacteria. It will not hurt us to rebuild the good bacteria in our gut while we are eliminating the bad bacteria in our gut, and it will help our digestive tract continue to function properly. Ideally, we want to continue taking probiotics daily, but be sure to continue a course of probiotics for at least two weeks after stopping antibiotics.

Innovia™ Nectar Digestion contains L. paracasei LP-DG CNCM I-1572, a clinically studied and superior proprietary probiotic strain of 8 billion CFU (viable cultures). The specific probiotic strain you are taking is important because it determines if the probiotic will be effective for the purpose it is consumed. The LP-DG™ probiotic strain in Innovia™ Nectar Digestion has been studied extensively in humans and has been proven especially effective in improving GI conditions by restoring and maintaining the intestinal flora affected by dietary imbalances and antibiotic therapies.

Innovia™ Nectar probiotics stand out among other probiotic brands because they are stable and effective over time without requiring refrigeration. Innovia™ Nectar probiotics come in a unique micro-shot system that separates the powder probiotic from the plant extract and vitamin-fortified liquid, until the moment the packaging seal is broken and the two are combined. This system keeps the probiotic fresh, dry and stable. Other probiotic products degrade faster than Innovia™ Nectar. Some require refrigeration to remain stable, and others are claimed to be room-temperature stable but with little available data to prove that the strains are still alive at the time of consumption.

Innovia™ Nectar is best when taken daily over time. Results from Innovia™ Nectar may be tangible within a few days, but expect to see improved digestion and immunity after a week to 10 days. Innovia™ Nectar is needed daily because the bacteria in our gut is constantly changing, due to the complex homeostasis of our bodies which are affected by the food we eat and the lifestyle we lead. This means we must tend to the delicate balance of the microflora in our gut, similar to how we might tend to a garden, keeping healthy plants growing while preventing an overgrowth of weeds. While it does not matter what time of day Innovia™ Nectar is taken, many Italians enjoy it in the early morning or at night prior to sleep. However, because of Innovia™ Nectar’s unique portability, many bring it along in a purse or pocket for support during the day at work, school or gym.

Innovia™ Nectar Digestion is designed for adults but safe for the whole family. Children over the age of four (4) can take one micro-shot per day, same as adults. There are numerous safety and dosing studies that have been conducted on the active strain in Innovia™ Nectar, L. paracasei LP-DG™, including more recent studies on infants age 0-6 months.

Not all probiotic organisms are the same in terms of their health benefits or lasting effects, and not all probiotics of the same genus and species behave in the same way. It is essential to seek a ‘strain specific’ probiotic that has been proven, in human health studies, to have a beneficial effect at a specific dose. Consumers should look not only for the genus and species (for example Lactobacillus paracasei), but also the strain ID number (such as CNCM I-1572) to ensure that the probiotic they are using has been fully characterized and purified, as well as clinically tested in human studies. Innovia™ Nectar micro-shot products contain only gold-standard, stable and viable strains, which have been selected for their scientifically proven health benefits.

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