Digestive Health and Probiotics
Good Health Starts with a Balance of Good Digestive Bacteria
Your digestive system is a group of organs that work together to convert food into the energy and the nutrients your body needs. This is absorbed through the bloodstream and carried to the appropriate cells.
Your gut is the organ in your body where food is digested and absorbed and it naturally contains tens of trillions of micro-organisms that are important for helping us stay healthy. Although we often associate bacteria with harmful germs, there are many bacteria that are actually good for your health.
It is important to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria within your digestive system in order to help prevent digestive discomfort, flatulence (wind) and bloating and help you feel good from the inside.
Gut Microbiota and the Importance of a Healthy Digestive System
The digestive system contains trillions of micro-organisms, good and bad bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, which are harboured in the intestine.
Gut microbiota plays an important role in the way our body functions:
- Helps the body to digest foods that the stomach and small intestines are not able to digest
- Encourages the production of good bacteria which can help reduce the risk of health problems, such as diarrhoea
- Produces B and K vitamins, which aid the absorption of nutrients
- Combats aggression from other micro-organisms
- Performs a barrier effect in the immune system, preventing the invasion of viruses
A healthy and balanced microbiota is key to ensuring a normal digestive functioning
The microbiota in your intestine is unique to you. Intestine colonisation starts right after birth and continues as we grow.
What are Probiotics and How Can They Help?
Probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in Culturelle® contain live micro-organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a number of health benefits.
By incorporating probiotics into your daily routine you actively replace lost good bacteria and restore the balance of good bacteria vs. bad bacteria, helping you feel good from the inside.
|Ideal features of probiotics||Culturelle® probiotics|
|Proven to resist harsh stomach acids|
|Proven to inhibit illness causing bacteria|
|Proven to adhere to intestine in humans|
|Proven in clinical use|
Could a Probiotic be Useful for Me?
If you suffer from the following conditions a probiotic has been shown to provide support with digestive health.
- Antibiotic Associated Diarrhoea (AAD) – without probiotics, antibiotics can sometimes wipe out the protective gut bacteria, resulting in diarrhoea
- Infectious diarrhoea – there’s evidence that probiotics can shorten an episode of diarrhoea caused by a stomach bug
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – probiotics may help reduce symptoms including bloating and flatulence
- Lactose intolerance – probiotics may help reduce symptoms including stomach cramps, flatulence and diarrhoea
- Travellers’ diarrhoea – a review of 12 different studies has shown that probiotics can reduce the chance of getting traveller’s diarrhoea
- Constipation – probiotics can ease the symptoms of constipation including infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, a bloated stomach and straining
- Clostridium difficile – taking antibiotics may increase the risk of catching the gut superbug Clostridium difficile. This bug causes very bad diarrhoea. Taking a probiotic may reduce the likelihood of getting Clostridium difficile