Probiotics – are they digestive health heroes you need for gut health?

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Digestive Health | 0 comments

Whether you believe in them or not, chances are that you or someone you know has a bottle of probiotics in their medicine cabinet. While their main claim to fame is improving gut health, It is common knowledge in today’s health-focused world that the brain and gut work together to keep the body functioning optimally.

This goes in so far that Harvard Health notes that “the gut has been called a “second brain” because it produces many of the same neurotransmitters as the brain does, like serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid, all of which play a key role in regulating mood. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of serotonin (the happy hormone) is made in the digestive tract”, showing just how important a healthy gut is.

So, what role do probiotics have in aiding the digestive tract?

Probiotics contain good, live bacteria that can be found in foods like yoghurt, fermented foods like kimchi or simply in probiotic capsules that could be taken every day. Probiotics are great tools for helping to bring balance to the digestive tract, aiding in preventing and treating digestive issues like diarrhoea and constipation which could be brought on by poor diet, illness and stress. This point is supported by Harvard Health which notes that “When the gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy levels of certain bacteria, probiotics can help restore the balance. They’ve been shown to secrete protective substances, which turn on the immune system and prevent pathogens from taking hold and creating major disease”.

The benefits of probiotics

While the obvious, positive effect of probiotics is that it aids the digestive tract, these miracle cultures also help to protect the body from allergies, asthma, and IBS and in some cases, are even used in the treatment of heart disease and cancer. “Some research has found that probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function and lower stress and anxiety”, leaving one feeling calmer and less stressed, says Harvard Health.

However, it is important to remember that probiotics should not just be taken on a case-to-case basis. While they can help when one is suffering from something like constipation, better results are seen when probiotics are taken daily, preferably before meals or in the morning (be sure to speak to your GP before taking a probiotic or any other new medication).

What to use

At Avalife, we have 2 incredible probiotic products specifically formulated for your gut.
The Avalife™ DAILY FLORA BALANCE is a symbiotic formula containing premium, documented probiotic strains that yield 3 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU’s) and is specially formulated to help maintain daily gut health. This impeccably created 5-strain formulation is tailor-made to address the major cause of improper digestion and compromised gut health. It is a suitable daily prebiotic & probiotic formula that helps to create a flora balance within your gut and support your health and well-being.  
Flora Restore
Daily Flora Balance

We also have Avalife™ FLORA RESTORE which helps to improve or normalise the microbial balance in the intestines and thereby improve the functioning of the digestive tract. It is a symbiotic blend of pre and probiotics where each capsule contains 1 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU’s), ensuring that the gut is taken care of no matter the circumstance.


Harvard Health Publishing | Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function | June 8, 2019 |


Medical News Today |  Medically reviewed by Grant Tinsley, Ph.D., CSCS,*D, CISSN, Nutrition — Written by Jon Johnson on October 5, 2020 |