The gut is the center of our bodies. Now we’re also starting to think that it might be at the center of our health too.
There are increasing numbers of people visiting their doctors to complain about digestive problems. These can be constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramping and Irritable Bowel Syndrome and this is placing an even greater burden on an overstretched healthcare system.
The Greek philosopher Hippocrates wrote 2000 years ago ‘all disease begins in the gut’. The gut is far from being just an organ that simply digests food and excretes the waste. It also produces more than 20 kinds of hormone, contains more than a thousand species of bacteria and is controlled by its own nervous system.
Research is starting to point us in the direction that an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases. These include obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, autism, depression, joint and heart problems.
Food is not only a provider of calories, it is one of the most complex substances that enters your body and it does this many times a day. The food choices you make on a daily and hourly basis can affect your whole being.
We can all make simple changes to our dietary habit. Making sure we digest food thoroughly and properly by good chewing, as well as identifying what foods are causing problems and eliminating or reducing them.
Our friendly bacteria have been living with us all of our lives. In fact, there are more bacteria cells in our bodies than our own cells. The beneficial ones play a very important role. in maintaining health by keeping the immune system on a low-level alert and therefore supporting its function.
In some studies, when babies do not develop this layer of good bacteria properly, they are more likely to develop an allergy or have an immune system that doesn’t work effectively when there is a real infection.
In this way, what we put into our gut can affect our immune system. The best and safest recommendation, if an individual experiences a problem in this area, is to take a high-strength daily probiotic with carefully selected and well-researched bacterial strains.
A healthy balance of bacteria also helps us to prevent harmful bacteria (as in food poisoning) or yeasts like candida albicans. They may become more predominant after antibiotic use. Taking probiotics can help to restore the balance and are essential when taking antibiotics. They will reduce gut symptoms and help to reduce the chance of the bad bugs becoming resistant to the antibiotic used.
When choosing a suitable probiotic, these are the key questions to ask;
- Have they designed and used by experts?
- Are the right types of bacteria being used in the right quantities?
- Are the bacteria safe to use with everyone?
- Will they be stable in the gut?
- Are they pure?