The Benefits of PROBIOTICS!

The gut microbiota, which describes the microorganisms living and growing inside your digestive tract is a hot topic right now! Exciting new research shows the benefits of probiotics and how these microbes have a profound impact on the many aspects of your health and wellbeing.

Taking probiotics (specific strains of beneficial bacteria) can positively influence these microorganisms and lead to improvements, not only in your digestive and immune health but the health of your whole body.

Is Your Gut Out of Balance?

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Gut Benefits of ProbioticsAn imbalance in the gut microbiota is linked to numerous health conditions, both within the gut and throughout the body. You may have experienced symptoms such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain, and discomfort; signs of poor immunity (e.g. frequent colds and flu); or been plagued by allergies or skin conditions such as eczema. These may arise due to disturbances to the intricate balance of intestinal bacteria.

Many common lifestyle factors including alcohol consumption, medications (e.g. antibiotics), processed foods and stress can disrupt this delicate balance and lead to an increase in undesirable bacteria or deficiencies in beneficial bacteria.

This imbalance has been associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), asthma and autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis). In these cases, when taken in the right dosage, the benefits of probiotics is again evident when they help to restore the correct balance of bacteria and ultimately reinstate health.

It is now more important than ever to support your gastrointestinal microbiota!

How Do Probiotics Work?

Specific probiotic strains help to rebuild the disrupted microbiota and act like policemen within the gut, restoring peace amongst the ‘citizens’ of the microbiota. Probiotics have a regulating effect on both disease-promoting and beneficial bacteria; undesirable bacteria are kept at minimal levels, meanwhile promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. This exciting new news is in contrast to earlier thoughts that probiotics repopulated the gut by directly replacing any bad bugs living there.

Instead, probiotics help to restore the numbers and types of beneficial bacteria unique to you; rebuilding a healthy and diverse community of beneficial microbiota, and enabling them to function at their best, so you too can feel your best!

The Correct Strains at the Right Dose

There can be significant variation between probiotic strains. Different strains not only have different actions in your body but also deliver different health benefits. Additionally, different doses of the same strain can have varying effects on the body. Naturopaths at Your Wellness Centre can tailor your treatment by selecting specific probiotic strains at the right dose to address your individual health concerns.

These may include:

Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (BB-12®) – This super strain assists in rebuilding the gut microbiota and helps to rebalance bacteria after a course of antibiotics.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®) – Commonly referred to as LGG®, this probiotic strain helps to regulate immune function, and in doing so may be useful for the treatment of autoimmune conditions, allergies, and eczema.

Probiotic Protection

Appropriate probiotic storage is of utmost importance to ensure the bacteria remain to live, strong and healthy – essentially in a healthy state to restore your healthy state. In nearly all instances, probiotics must be stored at stable temperatures within the fridge to keep them live and active. The only exception is when they are protected by PROTECTAIR™ technology as this has been shown to minimise moisture levels (moisture ‘activates’ probiotics, which you don’t want to happen until they are in your body!). This technology has been developed to allow certain probiotic strains to remain out of the fridge for a set period of time, while still remaining stable and
effective, so you get results.

Practitioner Recommended Probiotics Are Best

It is essential to source your probiotics based on the recommendation of a qualified Natural Health Practitioner. This ensures that the formula contains the correct strains at the right dosage and combination to address your specific health needs.

Practitioners at Your Wellness Centre will prescribe probiotics that provide high strength, therapeutic doses of bacteria, beneficial for managing your health. To restore peace and balance amongst the ‘citizens’ of your marvelous microbiota, ring Your Wellness Centre on 9879 9596 or contact us. Take the step toward a healthier you!

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Gut Health Improves Wellbeing

Improving gut health reduces symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, cramping, constipation or diarrhoea.

Gut Pain Digestive - Your Wellness Centre NaturopathyIt is important to keep the gut healthy because as Hippocrates said more than 2000 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut”.  It is only now that we are beginning to see just how right he was.

Research over the last 20 years is showing that an unhealthy gut contributes to some of our most chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even autism spectrum disorder.

With this in mind, it is prudent that we tend to the gut as part of our daily routine and treat it with the same importance as our outward appearance.

You see, a healthy gut makes a happy you.

A good starting point is to nurture our natural microbial occupants, our microbiome.

The microorganisms that live symbiotically on the skin, the tongue and in the coils of the intestines are known as the microbiome. Since there are 10x more of these than cells in our bodies, it is wise to feed not just ourselves but the good bugs in our digestive systems as well.

Wise indeed, especially since they influence our state of health and illness, from gut to brain and immunity to pain. What could later show up are irritable bowel symptoms, joint pain, mood and memory issues and immune challenges, to name a few.

Unfortunately, it is really easy to destroy our good bugs. Among the culprits are the sugars either overt or hidden sugars in some of the food we choose; stress and toxicity are included here too; as well as antibiotics, medications and other environmental chemicals which we may expose ourselves to from time to time.

Now, if you happen to have a bit of a problem with the gut: perhaps you experience bloating, tiredness after eating, cramps, reflux, constipation or diarrhea, then your gut is likely in need of some repair, it is likely to be leaky and in need of some good bacteria as well as some special nutrients.

Here are a few steps to take in caring for the microbiome:

1) Start by Giving your System a Rest

Leave out foods that are sure to irritate an ailing digestive system. Start with leaving out wheat and dairy foods and opting for easy to digest steamed vegetables and soups or broths. Pre-digested foods are good too so try making green smoothies.

2) Add some Good Probiotics and Prebiotics

It’s really easy to use a good quality brand of probiotic and take it daily.

3) Eat Foods that Contribute to Good Gut Health

Foods that help in this regard are fermented food such as kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Really valuable because they help introduce enzymes and probiotics that can help with the digestion and absorption of our food.

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Herb KaleKale, spinach, silverbeet, dandelion greens are the leafy greens that can be included in salads, soups, smoothies.

Polyphenols are a class of micronutrients that act as an antioxidant and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Polyphenols are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in many of your favorite foods. They are found in deep red and orange vegetables such as beetroot, carrots and red cabbage; also in blueberries and red wine, apples (whole including skin), plums, cherries, pomegranate, peppermint tea, green tea, curcumin and other spices. They act like a fertilizer for your microbiome.

With a healthy microbiome, your body can actually better break down the nutrients you’re eating, which is your first step on the road to wellness.

And with a healthy inner ecology comes less pain, more energy, better moods, a happier belly and more balanced immunity.

Ultimately it eventually allows for more dietary variation and tolerance as well!

4) Manage Stress

However, if your symptoms are severe, the above measures will most likely not be quite enough. Truth be told, for many of us with chronic conditions and leaky gut, it often takes an army of helpers. This is where we can step in to help.

If this article prompts you to visit us, then simply give us a
call on 03 9879 9596 or contact us.

 

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