The Power of Pre and Probiotics: More than just good for the Gut

The Power of Pre and Probiotics: More than just good for the Gut

Author -  Good Health

Right now, there are more than 5,000 species of bacteria living within your gut! Made up of both beneficial and not-so-beneficial bacteria, both have an extremely important role to play in the balance of flora in the gut and supporting overall health and well-being. However, many of us are not looking after our gut and our residential bacteria as well as we should be. There are many factors within our control (diet, medication and lifestyle) and some out of our control (such as ageing) which can disrupt the balance of good-to-bad bacteria in our gut. If you suffer from digestive issues, poor immunity or feel out of balance, your gut bacteria may be responsible.

Pre and probiotics work together to help restore our gut flora balance by working beneficially together:

Probiotics are live bacteria which help to increase the amount of good bacteria in the digestive tract.

Prebiotics are the food that probiotics and other good bacteria feed on. A prebiotic increases the effectiveness of a probiotic.

Research has shown that a combination of pre and probiotics taken together can increase good bacteria and restore optimal gut flora balance more effectively than taking probiotics alone.

There are many well-known benefits of taking pre and probiotics:

  • Aid digestive function
  • Support the immune system. Did you know that: 80% of the immune system is located in the gut?
  • Restore balance in the gut after a course of antibiotics 

However, there are many less well-known but highly beneficial reasons to take a daily pre and probiotic. Here are our top five:

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1. Cardiovascular Support

Taking a pre and probiotic can help to lower inflammation; by supporting a strong immune system, and blood pressure, by balancing the electrolyte and mineral levels within the body.

Inflammation and blood pressure are common root causes in the development of cardiovascular disease. Pre and probiotics also help to break down bile salts in the gut having a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

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2. Metabolism and Weight Management

Pre and probiotics support energy levels, balance blood sugar levels and help regulate appetite. Studies show the benefits of pre and probiotics in reducing the release of ghrelin, which signals the body that it is time to eat therefore helping with appetite control. Pre and probiotics can also help the body to metabolise fats and modulate hormones that control how and where we store fat for healthy weight management.

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3. Skin health

As our skin is our largest organ it is ultimately a reflection of our true inner state of health. If we are run down and have poor gut function one of the first places to be negatively impacted is our all-important gut bacteria. This has a flow on effect for our skin health, as we may fail to adequately absorb vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients from our diets.

Good gut bacteria help to rid us of toxins and free radicals which damage the skin by supporting our skin barrier function. Our gut bacteria also have an impact on our collagen production, therefore having their own anti-aging effect. In addition, pre and probiotics can help to support skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

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4. Hormone Release and Mood Support

Neurotransmitter imbalances within the brain may be affected by poor gut health and an increase of bad bacteria. Disorders such as anxiety and depression have been linked to gut health due to their relationship with the neurotransmitter serotonin, 90% of which is made in the gut. Pre and probiotics can help to alleviate symptoms of low mood or depression, through their ability to help the absorption and metabolism of nutrients that increase mood and reduce the release of stress hormones such as cortisol.

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5. Bone Health and Muscle Recovery

Pre and probiotics help the absorption of nutrients within the gut; improving our health, wellbeing and ability to undertake day-to-day activities. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are crucial for bone health offering strength and rigidity to ensure strong bones which is especially important during growth and as we age. Pre and probiotics help the strength and endurance of our muscles improving recovery and helping to minimise DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness.

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Not only do pre and probiotics directly influence the digestive and immune systems, they also help to support our cardiovascular system, metabolism, skin, mood, bone and muscle health. 

Contemporary fast-paced living has seen a change in our diet and lifestyle and as a result the environment of our gut. It is important to actively support your gut health so that your body can absorb all the key nutrients it needs to ensure you get the most out of each and every day.

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The Power of Pre and Probiotics: More than just good for the Gut

Right now, there are more than 5,000 species of bacteria living within your gut! Made up of both beneficial and not-so-beneficial bacteria, both have an extremely important role to play in the balance of flora in the gut and supporting overall health and well-being. However, many of us are not looking after our gut and our residential bacteria as well as we should be. There are many factors within our control (diet, medication and lifestyle) and some out of our control (such as ageing) which can disrupt the balance of good-to-bad bacteria in our gut. If you suffer from digestive issues, poor immunity or feel out of balance, your gut bacteria may be responsible.

Pre and probiotics work together to help restore our gut flora balance by working beneficially together:

Probiotics are live bacteria which help to increase the amount of good bacteria in the digestive tract.

Prebiotics are the food that probiotics and other good bacteria feed on. A prebiotic increases the effectiveness of a probiotic.

Research has shown that a combination of pre and probiotics taken together can increase good bacteria and restore optimal gut flora balance more effectively than taking probiotics alone.

There are many well-known benefits of taking pre and probiotics:

  • Aid digestive function
  • Support the immune system. Did you know that: 80% of the immune system is located in the gut?
  • Restore balance in the gut after a course of antibiotics 

However, there are many less well-known but highly beneficial reasons to take a daily pre and probiotic. Here are our top five:

ING_42097_01465.jpg

1. Cardiovascular Support

Taking a pre and probiotic can help to lower inflammation; by supporting a strong immune system, and blood pressure, by balancing the electrolyte and mineral levels within the body.

Inflammation and blood pressure are common root causes in the development of cardiovascular disease. Pre and probiotics also help to break down bile salts in the gut having a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

ING_17215_07523.jpg

2. Metabolism and Weight Management

Pre and probiotics support energy levels, balance blood sugar levels and help regulate appetite. Studies show the benefits of pre and probiotics in reducing the release of ghrelin, which signals the body that it is time to eat therefore helping with appetite control. Pre and probiotics can also help the body to metabolise fats and modulate hormones that control how and where we store fat for healthy weight management.

woman-sunset.jpg

3. Skin health

As our skin is our largest organ it is ultimately a reflection of our true inner state of health. If we are run down and have poor gut function one of the first places to be negatively impacted is our all-important gut bacteria. This has a flow on effect for our skin health, as we may fail to adequately absorb vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients from our diets.

Good gut bacteria help to rid us of toxins and free radicals which damage the skin by supporting our skin barrier function. Our gut bacteria also have an impact on our collagen production, therefore having their own anti-aging effect. In addition, pre and probiotics can help to support skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

02H42334.jpg

4. Hormone Release and Mood Support

Neurotransmitter imbalances within the brain may be affected by poor gut health and an increase of bad bacteria. Disorders such as anxiety and depression have been linked to gut health due to their relationship with the neurotransmitter serotonin, 90% of which is made in the gut. Pre and probiotics can help to alleviate symptoms of low mood or depression, through their ability to help the absorption and metabolism of nutrients that increase mood and reduce the release of stress hormones such as cortisol.

02A156MP.jpg

5. Bone Health and Muscle Recovery

Pre and probiotics help the absorption of nutrients within the gut; improving our health, wellbeing and ability to undertake day-to-day activities. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are crucial for bone health offering strength and rigidity to ensure strong bones which is especially important during growth and as we age. Pre and probiotics help the strength and endurance of our muscles improving recovery and helping to minimise DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness.

dreamstime_m_5931646.jpg

Not only do pre and probiotics directly influence the digestive and immune systems, they also help to support our cardiovascular system, metabolism, skin, mood, bone and muscle health. 

Contemporary fast-paced living has seen a change in our diet and lifestyle and as a result the environment of our gut. It is important to actively support your gut health so that your body can absorb all the key nutrients it needs to ensure you get the most out of each and every day.

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