The intestinal tract is the organ in the body that digests and absorbs food. It is populated by trillions of bacteria that are required for keeping the body healthy. These bacteria can be affected by a number of aspects including antibiotic use, a diet low in fibre, fruit and vegetables and infective diarrhoea. When this occurs, probiotics can help to reset the balance. Probiotics are living organisms that are found in foods such as yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and Kefir. Probiotics can also be consumed via dietary supplements. They are known as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria as they compete for space and food against harmful bacteria and prevent them from settling in the gut.
Immunity – probiotics may help support a healthly gut where 70-80% of the cells that make up the immune system are located
Probiotics may help Reduce Symptoms of Certain Digestive Disorders.
Probiotics may help to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria.
Prebiotic Fibre are fibers that aren’t digestible by your body but can help good bacteria grow in your gut. Since your body doesn’t digest these plant fibers, they travel to your lower digestive tract to be a food source for the healthy bacteria in your gut. Sources of Prebiotic Fibre include Chicory Root, Onions, Garlic and Jerusalem Artichokes
Prebiotic Fibre can keep your gut and digestive system healthy. They can strengthen your gut health by increasing “good” bacteria that help ward off pathogens in your intestinal tract and help with constipation.
Prebiotic Fibre may help reduce inflammation, especially in your intestines, and strengthen the immune system by changing the balance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.
Prebiotic Fibre can improve mineral absorption and bone health.
Low Fodmap Foods
Food is a common trigger of digestive symptoms. Interestingly, restricting certain foods can dramatically improve these symptoms in sensitive people.
In particular, a diet low in fermentable carbs known as FODMAPS is clinically recommended for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols
These are the scientific terms used to classify groups of carbs that are notorious for triggering digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.
FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods in varying amounts. Some foods contain just one type, while others contain several.
People with IBS often report a reduced quality of life, and severe digestive symptoms have been associated with this condition
Luckily, several studies have found the low-FODMAP diet improves overall quality of life.