Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

DYK? Bifidis Regularis

Did you know that the term “Bifidis Regularis” is nothing more than a trade name for Bifidobacterium animalis, a strain of anaerobic rod-shaped bacteria that is found in the intestines of most mammals (including humans). The term was created by the Dannon Company in order to make ActiviaTM, their yogurt product, look and sound more scientific. Other trade names that are used to describe this specific strain of Bifidobacterium animalis: Bifidis Digestivum (UK), Bifidobacterium Lactis (Canada) and Bifidus Activo (Spain). The bacteria is a well-studied, well-documented, and effective probiotic that is used worldwide to help improve intestinal health. To read more about Bifidus Regularis, check out this article on Wikipedia.

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