That Gut Feeling – Probiotics

The colder months have arrived. It is time to start thinking about how to protect our health over the winter period.  A daily dose of friendly bacteria could be your answer to protected immunity and a healthy gut.

It’s important to take care of our digestive system.  Our gut has a huge influence on the performance of the rest of the body.  This can be from managing our IBS and digestive health through to keeping our immune system strong.

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What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria that help maintain the healthy levels of beneficial bacteria appear to be essential for the effective functioning of many of our activities:

  • Defending us against harmful bacteria and other organisms
  • Supporting our digestion and absorption
  • Ensuring our immune system functions well
  • Balancing our immune response so we are not inflamed or allergic
  • Helping us excrete substances such as cholesterol or hormones
  • Supporting our metabolism and cardiovascular health
  • Supporting our nervous system including mood.

 

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Why Should You Take Probiotics?

Chris Newbold explains “Healthy levels of beneficial bacteria are essential for the effective functioning of many of our body’s vital activities. Therefore defending us against harmful bacteria, supporting our digestion and absorption. Yet, ensuring our immune system functions well and supporting our metabolism.  

When the gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy levels of certain bacteria either through diet or after antibiotic treatment it can result in uncomfortable digestive issues, acne, fatigue but probiotics can help restore the balance[1].

 

So, Probiotics act as internal healers, they aid digestion, nutrient absorption and balance our immune system. Furthermore, They help the body produce vitamins, absorb essential minerals and help to eliminate toxins.

 

So, General lifestyle choices can be both the problem and the solution. Consequently, Poor food choices, stress, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse, drugs and environmental influences can all shift the balance in favour of the bad bacteria. Therefore, when the digestive tract is healthy, it filters out the things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins and chemicals.”

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-take-probiotics

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What Probiotics Should You Take?

Chris Newbold says “Not all probiotic products are equal, and there are a baffling number of options to choose from. Drinks to capsules, yoghurts or powders. As a result., one of the most convenient and easiest forms of probiotic to take is a capsule. Capsules are quick and easy. The perfect choice for busy parents or professional’s on-the-go. They can easily be kept in your bag or desk drawer.

Try BioCare’s NEW Everyday BioAcidophilus (£13.96 for 28 capsules, available from biocare.co.uk and independent health food stores)

 BioCare’s Everyday BioAcidophilus has a blend of LAB4 live probiotics and FOS (fructooligosaccharides) providing a 10 billion potency which balances intestinal microflora for overall digestive and immune health.

 This BRAND NEW and UNIQUE high-potency probiotic come in a handy 7-day strip pack. In addition, it does not need to be refrigerated so it’s easier than ever to get your daily dose of live bacteria while on-the-go.

 

Or for Children, try BioCare’s Red Berry BioMelts (£17.95) for 28 sachets, available from biocare.co.uk and independent health food stores)

 This BRAND-NEW children’s health product made up of a combination of probiotics and vitamin D has made giving your kids their daily dose of vitamins more fun. Red Berry BioMelts contain two strains of bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium lactis (3 billion) in combination with 300iu of vitamin D in never-seen-before delicious natural raspberry and strawberry flavoured powder which dissolves on the tongue in seconds.

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Please keep an eye on my Facebook page for the upcoming Probiotic giveaway.

Lu Lovely

 

Disclaimer:  I was sent these Probiotics as a PR sample, however, this doesn’t influence my opinion of them being positive and healthy.

12 Comments

  • Reply November 22, 2017

    Jon

    My wife takes these and swears by them as they’ve really improved things for her.

  • Reply November 22, 2017

    Wayne

    Great article, full of interesting factoids. I suspect my gut would benefit from some probiotics, I constantly have an upset stomach.

  • Reply November 22, 2017

    Talua

    I am a big believer in probiotics and looking after the health of your gut. We all take probiotics daily and I think overall our health is much better for it.

  • Reply November 22, 2017

    Helen

    My brother struggles with these kind of issues, so I’ll have to recommend these probiotics to him!

  • Reply November 22, 2017

    Sonia Cave

    A great read, and I used to take these but haven’t in a long time. Maybe it was a gentle reminder to me I should start again

  • Reply November 23, 2017

    Kara

    I tried probiotics but didn’t like the taste. Maybe it is time to give them another go

  • Reply November 23, 2017

    Katy Stevens

    I take probiotics and they have definitely made a difference to the health of my gut!

  • Reply November 23, 2017

    Newcastle Family Life

    I don’t take any probiotics, I think I probably should do as I have so many digestive problems since having my gallbladder removed a few years ago x

  • This was really interesting, its not something that I’ve come across before. But I can see the benefits to taking it

  • Reply November 24, 2017

    Sarah Humphreys

    I have an anxious stomach quite a lot and have been wondering if probiotics would be useful for me.

  • Reply November 28, 2017

    precious vegan

    amazing post. Since being vegan I have been hearing more about probiotics so I will defo look into the ones you have recommended it.

  • Reply November 28, 2017

    Niki

    I should really give my girls pro biotics as they take daily antibiotics. My mum said it will help and antibiotics can be quite harsh on the tummy.

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