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Welcome to our world of probiotics Explore probiotics and the human microbiome in 2 minutes
The human microbiome is the collection of microorganisms living in us and on us
What are probiotics? Learn more about what probiotics are and how they work
Probiotic bacteria are part of the human microbiome They may be beneficial to our health

Your microbiome and your health are intimately connected
Our microbiome evolves over the course of our lifetime and affects our health

The microbiome is affected by our everyday world

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Life stages infants

Babies & Young children

The microbiome starts taking shape at birth when the baby is seeded with bacteria from the mother and the surrounding environment. During the first months of life, bifidobacteria tend to be the most dominant bacteria in the microbiota, but many fluctuations are seen. Studies have shown that the microbiome is closely linked to the baby’s immune, metabolic, and neurological development, which may affect the health and well-being of the baby, not only as a young child but through to adulthood.

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Life stages adult

Adult

In adults, the microbiome is fully established and is usually characterized by a great richness and diversity of bacteria. The abundance of the many types of bacteria is different from person to person, so all have a unique microbiota profile. The adult microbiome has been linked closely with support for many aspects of health, including digestive and immune health. The adult microbiome is relatively stable but is sensitive to lifestyle factors such as diet and stress, to name just a few. 

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Life stages pregnant

Pregnant

During pregnancy, progesterone levels rise substantially. This hormone reduces the diversity of the gut bacteria while also stimulating bifidobacteria and other types of bacteria. Bacteria from the pregnant woman transfer to the baby during vaginal birth and breastfeeding, seeding the baby’s microbiome. 

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Life stages elderly

Elderly

The gut microbiota of elderly people is characterized by less bacterial diversity, shifts in the dominant species of bacteria, and a decline in the abundance of beneficial microorganisms, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. These changes are the result of alterations in the gut and diet, factors that are associated with the gradual aging process.

Probiotics definition Myths Quality Immune support adults
Life stages

The microbiome starts taking shape at birth when the baby is seeded with bacteria from the mother and the surrounding environment. During the first months of life, bifidobacteria tend to be the most dominant bacteria in the microbiota, but many fluctuations are seen. Studies have shown that the microbiome is closely linked to the baby’s immune, metabolic, and neurological development, which may affect the health and well-being of the baby, not only as a young child but through to adulthood.

Respiratory health infants Cesarean Crying & fussing Pregnancy Loose stools Probiotics definition

In adults, the microbiome is fully established and is usually characterized by a great richness and diversity of bacteria. The abundance of the many types of bacteria is different from person to person, so all have a unique microbiota profile. The adult microbiome has been linked closely with support for many aspects of health, including digestive and immune health. The adult microbiome is relatively stable but is sensitive to lifestyle factors such as diet and stress, to name just a few. 

Immune support adults Probiotics definition Myths Quality

During pregnancy, progesterone levels rise substantially. This hormone reduces the diversity of the gut bacteria while also stimulating bifidobacteria and other types of bacteria. Bacteria from the pregnant woman transfer to the baby during vaginal birth and breastfeeding, seeding the baby’s microbiome. 

Probiotics definition Myths Quality Immune support adults

The gut microbiota of elderly people is characterized by less bacterial diversity, shifts in the dominant species of bacteria, and a decline in the abundance of beneficial microorganisms, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. These changes are the result of alterations in the gut and diet, factors that are associated with the gradual aging process.

Probiotics definition Myths Quality Immune support adults
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What is so special about

 our Chr. Hansen probiotics?

Chr. Hansen probiotic strains are some of the world’s most documented and have been rigorously investigated in scientific studies. Our strains have been associated with benefits across all ages and in several health areas. They are safe to consume, are of high-quality, and our gentle production methods lead to live, stable bacteria.