Enhance Your Health with Probiotics

28 Jan 2014 10:59 AM-

Top Up Your Good Bugs

Your diet and lifestyle play a major role in the balance of
bacteria (or bugs) in your body. Amazingly, you are actually
a ‘superorganism’ made up of hundreds of microbes living
together in and on your body. Your immune system’s job is to
monitor the many kinds of bacteria to ensure that healthy bugs
are in larger numbers than troublemakers, such as viruses and
yeasts. The best way to balance the good with the bad is to
ensure you maintain adequate levels of beneficial bacteria in
your digestive tract, and maintain a lifestyle that keeps the bad
guys in check. No matter where the unhealthy bacteria live, you
can influence your immune system’s fight by starting with good
flora in the gut. If you experience any of the common symptoms
below, you may need a top up with good bugs (also known as
probiotics):
• Bloating and/or flatulence
• Constipation or diarrhoea
• Frequent colds and the flu
• Eczema or allergies

Bug Basics

The most effective way to replenish beneficial bacteria in the
gut is by taking probiotics. There are many different types of
probiotic bugs, and in many ways they are just like us. We
employ them because of their occupation. Different strains
do different jobs in the body, so it is important to choose the
right strain for the right condition. For example, specific strains
have been scientifically proven to help with health problems
including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and eczema. To
enhance your health and wellbeing, your Practitioner can assist
in selecting the probiotic strain that is the most appropriate for
you.
Some of the most effective therapeutic strains include:
• Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM): General balance
 This strain is a great everyday probiotic to maintain
bacterial balance, and has been extensively tested and
proven to restore levels of healthy bacteria in the colon.
It is particularly effective after a course of antibiotics and/
or following a gut infection. This strain is antimicrobial in
nature and inhibits the growth of unfriendly bacteria.
• Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07): Dysbiosis
 When there are more bad bugs than good bugs in the gut,
it is called dysbiosis. This is the reason we experience many
of the symptoms mentioned earlier. Bi-07 has been proven
to address dysbiosis, improving overall health. It has
also been shown to reduce gastrointestinal disturbances,
especially after antibiotic use.
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®): Eczema and
allergies
 This probiotic strain has been studied in over 350
clinical trials, and has the ability to enhance immune
system function, specifically reducing the occurrence
and symptoms of allergies, eczema and other atopic
conditions. LGG® may also help to decrease the risk of
digestive upsets such as diarrhoea in both adults and
children. It can also shorten the time that you experience
diarrhoea if you are struck by a nasty gastro bug.
• Lactobacillus plantarum 299v: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
 The 299v strain is a specialised strain of Lactobacillus used
specifically for gut issues. This probiotic has been proven to
assist and manage the symptoms of medically-diagnosed
IBS and other inflammatory bowel disorders. It has been
clinically shown to improve the key IBS related problems of
bloating, flatulence, pain, inflammation, constipation and
diarrhoea.

Lifestyle Tips to Boost Your Good Bugs

To keep your ‘superorganism’ balanced, you need to include
and avoid certain factors in your diet and lifestyle. Here are
some easy everyday ideas that maintain your good and bad
bugs in harmony:
• Reduce alcohol: Reduce your weekly consumption as
excess drinking kills off large proportions of the good bugs.
• Manage stress: Stress can lead to an imbalance of
bacteria. Talk to your Practitioner about techniques and
supplements to support your response to stress.
• Exercise: Moving your body a little each day assists immune
function and keeps your bowel moving too.
• Basic nutrition: Drink plenty of water, a minimum of eight
glasses per day, and avoid excessive caffeine, sugar and
salt intake to keep your good bugs flourishing.
Maximise Your Health with Probiotics
Maintaining bacterial balance is one of the key elements of
optimal health and vitality. Remember, your immune system
doesn’t just control colds. It also regulates your ‘superorganism’
on a daily basis. Together with healthy diet and lifestyle
choices, a daily probiotic is one of the best ways to keep your
good and bad bugs in check and bring your body back into
balance. Whether you have eczema, allergies or IBS, specific
probiotics can enhance the success of your treatment.

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