Choosing the Right Probiotic


Choosing the right probiotic doesn’t have to be daunting. Whether you’re seeking immune support, considering a multi-strain formula, addressing IBS symptoms, or preparing for indulgence during the festive season, understanding how to read labels and recognising the significance of different strains can simplify the process. 

How To Choose A Probiotic

Look for the number of live bacteria per dose, called Colony-Forming Units (CFU). You want a probiotic dose that contains at least a billion of organisms. Different strains of bacteria do different things. So, consider what types of bacteria are in the probiotic. Take note of how you should store your probiotics,1 and look at the expiration date on the package.

Probiotics Are Not One Size Fits All

The human intestine houses 400 to 600 bacterial strains, collectively constituting trillions of bacteria. These friendly microbes help maintain optimal digestion, enhancing nutrient absorption and supporting the immune system.

Various probiotic strains fulfil distinct functions. This is why different combinations of strains are most effective for addressing diverse health objectives.

For instance, certain strains help promote the production of neurotransmitters, such as the “feel-good” hormone serotonin. Others help tackle digestion issues and reduce inflammation, which may be helpful when dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).2

Understanding probiotic species

Probiotic supplements contain freeze-dried bacteria in various forms, such as capsules, tablets, and powders.3

While there are endless species of beneficial bacteria, the ones you’ll more commonly find in probiotic supplements are Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii.3

Lactobacillus: Lactobacillus bacteria primarily inhabit the small bowel, following the stomach in your digestive tract. Probiotics with Lactobacillus species help replenish these friendly organisms, which are crucial in supporting digestion and bolstering your immune function.3

Bifidobacteria: Bifidobacteria predominantly reside in the colon or large intestine. They produce a compound called butyrate, which provides energy to your colon cells. Butyrate also influences various metabolic processes in your body, including insulin sensitivity (regulating blood sugar) and memory formation in the brain.3

Saccharomyces: Saccharomyces is a friendly yeast that’s particularly beneficial following antibiotic treatment. This yeast contributes to the well-being of your intestinal lining by supporting the maintenance of healthy tight junctions and shielding against imbalances in gut microorganisms.3

Why Choose ProbiFlora?

ProbiFlora contains multi-strains of well-studied probiotics proven to rebalance the GUT microflora.4

The ProbiFlora’s range includes ProbiFlora Adult Intensive Rescue – 9 Strain, ProbiFlora Adult Classic Bowel Support – 4 Strain, ProbiFlora Adult Everyday Flora Balance – 2 Strain, ProbiFlora Rx Intestinal Flora Care, ProbiFlora Junior Everyday Flora Balance, ProbiFlora Probiotic Infant Drops 3 strain-Regular drops, and ProbiFlora Junior Fit For School Chewable Tablets. 

ProbiFlora – the PROs in probiotic health – to PROtect you and your family with PROven multi-strain benefits.

ProbiFloras range of products are available from leading pharmacies and retailers nationwide. For more information, visit and join the conversations on Instagram and Facebook.


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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

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If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

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