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