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Probiotics - what's all the fuss about?

Probiotics Man

Bee Free Box aims to help you on the road to better gut health. How, I hear you ask?

Your gut is so important, and is often referred to as 'the second brain.'

Recent research has lead to the emergence of the importance of the microbiome (the family of bacteria that live in your gut). What many people don't realise also is that the beneficial 'good' bacteria in your gut do not permanently reside there... it is up to us to ensure that we respect and nurture them day in and day out... or they might just disappear...

A healthy gut should have a balance of 80:20, good:bad bacteria. Modern society makes it extremely difficult to achieve this balance and here's why:

  • Stress
  • Medication (including antibiotics, contraceptive pill, acid reducers and PPIs)
  • Environmental toxins and pollutants
  • Diarrhoea
  • Food intolerance
  • Stomach bug
  • High sugar diet, processed foods, fast/junk food
  • Lack of sleep
  • Smoking

To name but a few...

As you can see, we are constantly faced with factors that can deplete our population of good bacteria and lead to a dysbiosis of our microbiome. If you have experienced any of the above, you may benefit from taking probiotics and could be amazed what a difference they will make to your life.

Let's delve a little deeper into the benefits of probiotics. In the digestive tract they can help to:

  • Ease gas & bloating
  • Ease constipation
  • Improve symptoms of IBS
  • Stop chronic diarrhoea
  • Balance your intestinal pH (ever had heartburn or indigestion?)
  • Aid digestion & absorption of nutrients

Probiotics also play a very important role in immune intervention. Are you aware that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut? This means that by healing your gut and optimising your microbiome, you can fight off disease much more effectively. Here are just some of the things probiotics do for your immune health:

  • Prevent infections by making (natural) antibiotics and anti-fungals
  • Prevent an overgrowth of yeast in the gut
  • Prevent and alleviate the symptoms of allergies, eczema and asthma
  • Prevent food poisoning
  • Break down bacterial toxins
  • Prevent and control yeast infections and bladder infections
  • Protect against and ease the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Have anti-tumour and anti-cancer effects

Wonderful probiotics can also help to boost your metabolism by:

  • Breaking down hormones and rebuilding new ones
  • Breaking down old and tired bile acid
  • Manufacturing 5-10% of all short-chain fatty acids, which help keep your cell membranes flexible
  • Reducing blood ammonia levels in people with liver disease
  • Promoting and maintaining healthy body weight

Nutritional work of probiotics includes:

  • Manufacturing vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and K
  • Manufacturing essential fatty acids
  • Increasing nutrient absorption
  • Converting flavonoids to usable forms
  • Impressive immune intervention (as discussed)

Probiotics can even enhance your heart health and circulatory system by helping to support healthy blood pressure levels and normailising serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

A few common problems that probiotics may solve:

If you think that you eat well, exercise adequately, yet still struggle to lose weight, perhaps you should try adding probiotics in an attempt to change the biochemistry of your gut and boost your metabolism.

Have you been feeling low or depressed, tired, unmotivated and out of energy? Seratonin and dopamine are hormones responsible for making us feel happy, and guess what... they are manufactured in the gut (remember we said that the gut is often referred to as 'the second brain?') Probiotics therefore may even help to lift your mood.

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News Type: General News