The Importance of Gut Health
Probiotics are the naturally occurring good bacteria that are found in our gut. These bacteria play a considerable important role in our health. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the most complex ecosystems known, there are over 100 trillion friendly bacteria found in the gut, this is over 10 times the amount of cells found in the human body. Around 60-80% of our immune system is actually found in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters are produced there! This really puts things into perspective when it comes to the importance of gut health. When there is an imbalance with our friendly gut bacteria, also known as dysbiosis, there are going to be problems within our gastrointestinal and immune system. When someone has an imbalance in their gut bacteria they may be more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, chronic fatigue, bloating, stomach pain, hormonal imbalances and auto immune conditions. Common causes of dysbiosis are anti biotic use, food intolerances, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, stress and pesticides.
There is a lot of exciting research coming out showing the relationship between our feelings, general health and how our bodies are influenced by the balance of healthy and unhealthy levels of gut bacteria.
By regularly consuming probiotic rich food you are keeping your friendly bacteria population at optimal levels so it can function at its best. When it is functioning at its best the bacteria can lower the pH levels in the colon so that unwanted bacteria and yeasts cannot thrive. The beneficial bacteria will aid in digestion and be able to break down and digest the foods you are eating. They are also going to make a lot of the vitamins we need such as vitamin K and B vitamins.
Apart from the obvious, taking a probiotic, my favorite way to consume friendly gut bacteria is through regular consumption of yogurt. One brand I recommend and that is easily available is Symbio Yogurt. Symbio™ Probalance is the only yoghurt in New Zealand with the unique probiotic culture called Bifidobacterium lactis DR10™. This is a natural probiotic culture scientifically proven to help restore digestive balance and reduce digestive discomfort. By simply consuming one 150g serving of Symbio Probalance Yogurt once a day for 14 days in a row you will begin to notice a difference with any digestive discomfort such as bloating, sluggishness and fatigue. This is easy as adding yogurt to your muesli in the morning or having a 150g serving of yogurt as a snack.
Click on this link to sign up to the 14 day challenge. Symbio will stay in touch over the 14 days with helpful tips and different ways you can enjoy your daily consumption of Symbio.
Look out over the next few days on our website as we will have a delicious yoghurt cake recipe for you to use as part of the 14 day challenge.