Restoring Optimal Gut Health

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The health of our gut is the cornerstone to our wellbeing. Most of us try to eat the right foods, supplement our diet with vitamins and nutrients to prevent deficiencies within our bodies and try to get sufficient sleep. Yet all this could be to no avail if we have poor gut health.

Our digestive system plays an important role in the function of the human body. The digestive system consists of numerous organs such as the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, rectum and anus. The cells lining the digestive system secrete a fluid that aids in the digestion of food whilst the muscles along the tract ensure that food is moved until it is finally excreted. Two additional glands, the liver and the pancreas, play an important role in digestion by releasing digestive fluids which enter the intestines through small tubes or ducts. Read More…

Probiotics: The Most Important Supplement For The Whole Family

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Probiotics have formed a vital part of Mediterranean diets for thousands of years. Usually in the form of pickled foods and fermented milk products, probiotics may in part be responsible for the relatively low rates of chronic age-related diseases in these regions even if these cultures were not aware of them.

Increasingly, research is now focussing on this traditional wisdom in the form of scientific investigations into the health benefits of probiotics, and you only have to switch on your television and see all the adverts on probiotic drinks and yoghurts aimed at the health conscious consumer.

So what are probiotics and how do they work?

The name probiotics is derived from two Latin words: Pro meaning for and biotic meaning life, in other words ‘for life’. From this we can begin to understand that probiotics are beneficial bacteria for life. These beneficial bacteria are mostly found in the human gastrointestinal tract and there are literally hundreds of strains with overlapping benefits. The word bacteria conjures up illness for the vast majority of us since we normally associate these with infectious diseases. What most people do not understand is that not all types of bacteria are harmful and that their potential to cause illness also depends on their numbers. Read More…