Here’s how probiotics can make a world of difference to your health.
If you’re not quite sure about probiotics, it’s high time you get acquainted with them. Probiotics – often referred to as ‘good bacteria’ – are live microorganisms that can be found in fermented foods or in supplements. They are often from two main groups of bacteria called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Besides being good for your gut, probiotics actually provide a whole array of benefits when consumed, and can even boost your immunity and improve your complexion! Here are four reasons why you should be taking them regularly.
Improve your digestion
There are many factors that can disrupt your body’s natural gut flora, such as a case of food poisoning or taking a course of antibiotics. When this happens, harmful bacteria can thrive in your gut and bring about a host of unpleasant side effects like abdominal bloating and diarrhoea. This is where probiotics come in. Studies have shown that probiotics are helpful for treating antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and for curbing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. They do so by replenishing the good bacteria that have been wiped out, improving your overall digestive health.
Keep your bowels running smoothly by getting a regular dose of probiotics. Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who took probiotics experienced more frequent bowel movements in a week and had better stool consistency compared to those who took a placebo. In particular, probiotics that contained bacteria strains from the Bifidobacterium family seemed the most effective for constipation sufferers.
Strengthen your skin
Want a healthy, glowing complexion? Your gut health plays a big part as well. An imbalance in the gut’s bacteria may trigger body-wide inflammation that can worsen skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema. Consuming probiotics regularly also helps to keep your skin’s own microbiomes healthy to fend off infections and signs of premature ageing.
A recent study published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism showed that consuming probiotics helped to stimulate and improve the immune system. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates famously said that “all disease begins in the gut.” While not every single ailment leads back to a gut issue, loading your system with good bacteria definitely has benefits for your general health.
Even though many fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi and miso contain probiotics, one of the easiest ways to get your daily fix is by taking a probiotic supplement.
We love OptiBac Probiotics, a family-owned brand based in the south of England. The company is entirely focused on probiotics and offers a range of products containing specific strains and species of live microbes to target different health conditions.
OptiBac Probiotics supplements are all-natural with no added colourings, flavours, or preservatives and are suitable for coeliacs and those who are lactose-intolerant. What’s more, the bacteria strains that are used have also been formulated to be stable at room temperature, and can survive stomach acidity, so that you get the most out of every product.
Try OptiBac Probiotics For Daily Wellbeing ($32) if you’re new to probiotics and want to start on a general supplement. Each capsule provides five billion live microorganisms consisting of six different high-quality bacteria strains from the Lactobacillus, Lactococcus and Bifidobacterium families.
For optimal vaginal health, ladies will benefit from the OptiBac Probiotics For Women (from $32). It contains 2.3 billion live cultures from the Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® strains in every capsule, both of which have been found to be beneficial in keeping your nether region healthy and protected.
And to all the mums out there, your little one hasn’t been forgotten. OptiBac Probiotics For Your Child’s Health (from $20.70) has been specially formulated for infants, children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Each sachet provides three billion live cultures that are made up of strains including Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33 that have been clinically trialled and proven safe for children.
Start taking a regular probiotic supplement for better health today. OptiBac Probiotics is available at Guardian, Watsons and Unity stores. Enjoy the following in-store promotions from now till December 2019:
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