Factors Which Compromise Your Gut Health

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The health of your gut depends upon the balance between the beneficial bacteria and the pathogens that reside within the gut, as well as the permeability of the lining of the intestinal tract. When these beneficial bacteria are at reduced levels or the lining of the gut is inflamed, your body is at risk from gastrointestinal concerns and disease.

Numerous factors play a role in compromising the microbiome within the gut, some of which may be unavoidable from time to time and include: 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…