Probiotics: It’s time to get your gut back in balance
Probiotics – it’s one of those words that we seem to hear everywhere. But who out there actually knows what it really means?
What are probioitics?
Put simply, probiotics are the live, friendly bacteria that are thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut (including your stomach and intestines).
A healthy, balanced, gut – whilst not always the most comfortable topic of conversation – is one of the most important factors to feeling genuinely happy, comfortable and confident in your bodily health. Therefore, we think that it’s vital that we talk seriously about probiotics.
Probiotics are essential for healthy intestinal function. Nevermore so than when this has been disrupted for some reason and you need to get back to your best. Oftentimes this is the result of an illness, a treatment, or simply not paying enough attention to your nutrition.
In bodily terms an upset stomach is usually the result of a change in the balance of microorganisms that live in our intestines and help us to properly digest our food. This sounds simple but things start to get a little more complex when you discover that our gut is home to somewhere between 10 and 100 trillion probiotics. These probiotics constitute a highly complex bacterial ecosystem in constant flux.
Our bodies are incredibly sophisticated. By and large they are able to regulate themselves. However, when we are dealing with a system that processes every single thing we eat & drink, and works in numbers that would put Bill Gates’ bank account to shame, it’s only natural that things can get a little mixed up.
Even on the microbial scale 100 trillion is a lot. In fact, the number of bacteria in our gut is around ten times greater than the total number of cells in our entire body.
What do probiotics do?
The main responsibilities of our intestinal inhabitants include:
- Fermentation of undigested carbohydrates
- Lowering the pH value (acidity) of our gut
- Fighting off the growth of pathogenic germs
In short: healthy gut = happy you.
But if we have so many intestinal bacteria – how can we be sure that we’re keeping them all happy?
The answer is that we can’t. Instead we need to focus on maintaining balance.
Why do we need probiotics?
Everyday life doesn’t legislate for perfect structures. When we can’t even rely on a bus to come on time, how can we be sure that the 100 trillion bacteria in our gut are going to play-ball from one day to the next?
Luckily our bodies seem to be much smarter than your average town planner. Also, most of the time, things are generally okay in our gut. However, at certain times of the year – like Christmas and New Year – pretty much all of us will experience some intestinal distress. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that all these festivities might be what is throwing our natural microbial balance out of sync.
I don’t have to tell you how bad it feels to wake up on January 1 after a week long binge of eating, drinking and merriment – after all, we’ve all been there. But, what many people don’t realise is that taking an active approach to intestinal health is both simple and effective.
You might be forgiven for ignoring a problem if it only lasts for a week or two at a time. But, the statistics show that intestinal distress is one of the most commonly recurring health problems in everyday life. What’s worse is that as many as one in five of us will suffer with IBS our whole lives and most do nothing to combat the problem!
What can we do?
As always our advice is to follow a healthy diet. You should avoid too many heavy foods and exercise regularly. However, we all know from experience that sometimes these types of things just happen. Therefore, we have developed a brand new Organic Probiotic Culture Mix
Our capsules are made-up of the 10 most important bacterial species for an optimal intestinal balance (four strains Bifidobacterium and six strains Lactobacillus). Some probiotics may advertise more, less, or different strains. However, we think it’s important to trust the things that we know make sense.
Whenever possible we like our products to mirror the effects of a natural, healthy, body. Therefore our probioitic cultures have been developed to focus specifically on balance.
Take, for example, prebiotic inulin, a natural bacteria which promotes detoxification and healthy bowel movements. Our probiotic capsules are designed to work in synergy with this natural lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria, when combined, help to digest and ingest important nutrients. In addition, this specific combination supports the growth, activity and reproduction of other probiotic bacterial cultures. And in this way we can encourage the body to balance itself rather than trying to force the issue.
So why take probiotics?
- Relieve intestinal distress
- Aid digestion
- Ease symptoms of IBS.
- Inhibit and eliminate pathogenic microorganisms and toxins
- Strengthen the immune system
- Make you more resistant to infections
- Make you feel better!
Recent studies have even shown that a healthy intestinal bacteria can have a positive effect on our emotions. What’s not to love?