The Lifeforce in your Gut...

Your gut is where you absorb all the nutrients to power your body, making a healthy digestive system central to your overall health. But did you know that there are close to 2 kg worth of bacteria in your gut? That’s literally billions of tiny micro-organisms living and growing in your gut right now – collectively called gut ‘microbiota’. These beneficial bacteria encourage healthy digestion and support an efficient immune system, keeping any undesirable bacteria at minimal levels. However, if the numbers of undesirable bacteria begin to outweigh the beneficial bacteria this can lead to digestive symptoms such as constipation, wind and bloating, or immune conditions such as recurrent infections, eczema and allergies. Rebalancing or maintaining a healthy microbiota in your gut can be achieved by supplementing with beneficial bacteria in the form of a ‘probiotic’. The term ‘probiotic’ literally means ‘for life’ so by looking after your gut microbiota you are looking after your overall health.

Choosing the right pro-biotic...

With literally hundreds of probiotic formulas on the market to choose from, how do you know which one will best address your particular health requirements and support your overall wellbeing? Your Practitioner can help you select the most appropriate probiotic for you by keeping the following criteria in mind: The Right Bug for the Job.

Different strains of probiotic bacteria perform very different tasks within the body; therefore it’s important to consider ‘strain specificity’ and select a strain that will be up to the task. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 are particular strains that have been shown to promote the regrowth of many species of beneficial bacteria within the gut, whilst Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG can assist with reducing eczema symptoms and diarrhoea. Lactobacillus plantarum 299v is a specific strain researched to treat inflammatory bowel conditions such as medically diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome. By choosing a formula that features probiotic strains and doses based on clinical research you can be confident of getting great results.

Stability - there is no such thing as a "Shelf-Stable"...

You may have noticed some probiotic formulas on the shelf at your local pharmacy or health food store rather than in the fridge. Unfortunately, although some strains can withstand higher temperatures for periods of time, being exposed to fluctuating temperatures can activate some of the bacteria in the bottle so that by the time they reach your gut they may no longer be viable and may not give you the therapeutic results you are expecting. Your Practitioner can recommend a probiotic that has been kept at stable temperatures within the fridge, protecting the probiotics and keeping them viable.

Get that Healthy Gut feeling...

Supporting an optimal balance of gut bacteria is key to achieving good digestive function along with overall health and wellbeing. Your Practitioner can advise you on the best probiotic formula to support your overall wellbeing based on your specific health needs, and can recommend high-quality, scientifically validated strains of probiotics. So for a healthy life, support a healthy gut with probiotics.

Call the clinic on 02 4721 0448 to arrange a consultation with our Practitioners today to talk about the right probiotic for you and get your gut health in order.

Tune into our upcoming Newsletter for our delicious and nutritious Bone Broth recipe - which is ideal to promote a healthy gut environment!