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Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Winter is just around the corner and although our immune system is at work throughout the whole year, it is during the winter time where we are particularly at risk of those nasty ills and chills.
Only when your gut is functioning well will your immune system be at its optimum.
Our digestive tract is made up of trillions of different micro-organisms that create a dynamic ecosystem helping to keep us happy and healthy. We rely on the quality of our gut bacteria to support our health.
Outnumbering our own cells 10-1; our gut bacteria facilitates proper digestion of the food we eat, the absorption of nutrients and helps to protect us from disease. The quality and quantity of bacteria within our body is highly important. It can either encourage or prevent the development of many health conditions.
If you suffer from frequent illness, low immunity, digestive issues or just feel out of balance, your gut bacteria is likely to be responsible. Made up of both “good” and “bad” bacteria, the ideal ratio is around 85% good to 15% bad; however, factors such as our modern diet and lifestyle has thrown this ratio out of balance. The right balance of gut bacteria is the key to good health and a strong immune system.
Probiotics are live bacteria that help to increase the amount of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Probiotics are often labelled “good” or ‘friendly” bacteria as they help to maintain the balance of our gut flora.
Prebiotics are non-living, natural substances (which can be found in dietary fibres like raw chicory root) that increase the effectiveness of probiotics. Providing food for probiotics and other good bacteria to feed on and multiply; prebiotics ensure probiotics have the proper sustenance to help restore gut flora balance.
Think of your gut like your garden at home. If you plant a seed but it doesn’t have sunlight and you don’t bother to water it and feed it with a nutrient-rich soil; it will not flourish. It is the same with your gut; it is not enough to just provide the seeds (probiotics). However, with the right food (prebiotics); the good bacteria in the gut will flourish, in turn strengthening and protecting your immune system.
Probiotics and prebiotics work beneficially together. Taking a probiotic will help to increase good bacteria in your gut; however taking it with a prebiotic will provide sustenance and nutrition for the probiotic, increasing its effectiveness in multiplying the good bacteria and restoring optimal gut flora balance.
Not only do prebiotics and probiotics directly influence gut and immune health; they assist in digestive functions and increase energy levels. Lifestyle, diet, environment and disease can decrease the number of good bacteria. For example; bad bacteria feed on sugar and a high sugar diet can cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria. An infection can cause good bacteria to move to the area in need and away from your gut. Furthermore, a course of antibiotics can deplete the gut of both good and bad bacteria for up to 4 years.
It is crucial to have the right balance of good bacteria in your gut, so that your immune system can fight off challenges quickly, before symptoms occur. Supporting our gut health should be the first port of call when strengthening our body’s immune system this winter.
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