We get lots of emails at this time of year asking about bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.
Partly, this is because of the foods that we eat during the holiday season! It can be tough to stay healthy at this time of year.
But often there is a deeper, more fundamental cause too.
Poor gut health is incredibly widespread, and it leaves your digestive system unable to cope with any of the typical holiday foods.
If you find yourself more bloated than usual, it is just as likely that a gut bacteria imbalance is wreaking havoc on your digestion.
What Is The Gut Microbiome?
Your microbiome is determined by everything you face in daily life – your health history, diet, age, gender, stress and all the things you come into contact with.
This means your microbiome is constantly changing and is completely unique.
Most of the microbes that make up your microbiome are bacteria. In fact, you carry around three pounds of bacteria in your gut! Other organisms include fungi, viruses and protozoa.
Most of these organisms in your gut work together in a symbiotic relationship. They form the first line of defence against disease, help you to digest your food, provide vital enzymes and nutrients, keep inflammation under control, and strengthen the lining of your gut.
How Does Your Microbiome Affect You?
Sometimes your microbiome falls out of balance, usually because of antibiotics, diet, stress, or medications. An imbalanced, unhealthy microbiome can lead to bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and low energy.
It can also contribute to more serious conditions like heart disease, mood disorders, and even Type 2 diabetes.
Good Bacteria’ Support Your Immune System
Lastly, the bacteria in your intestines play an important role in supporting your immunity. Research shows that maintaining a healthy population of gut flora keeps your immune system activated. When you lose these ‘good bacteria,’ it’s almost like your immune system switches off.
The Role Of Probiotics
The easiest way to protect your gut health is by regularly ingesting probiotic bacteria, in either fermented foods or supplements.
Good fermented foods include sauerkraut and kefir. They both contain a range of bacteria that support healthy digestion and reduce inflammation in the gut. Homegrown is usually much better than store-bought!
Another solution is to take a high-quality probiotic. If we had to choose one supplement to take each day, it would be an easy choice. A healthy gut is the foundation that you need to thrive, and a good probiotic ensures that.
• Our Neolife Acidophilus Plus probiotic has Five billion “live” microorganisms per capsule – as many as in 10 servings of yoghurt, and the convenience of once a day serving
• Proprietary blend of: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium animalis and Streptococcus thermophilus
• Exclusive ‘Gel-Gard’ Enteric Protection System Guarantees Delivery by protecting against harsh stomach acid and ensuring that maximum numbers of live bacteria are delivered in the intestine
You can purchase this product from our Healthy Supplement Store at the Gym.