Did you know that 70% of your immune cells are in your gastrointestinal tract ? Your GI tract is home to lots of bacteria, about 400 different species – and weighs in at an impressive for 3-4 kilos !! Some are the good guys which keep us happy and healthy. Others can lead to reduced immune function, digestive issues like bloating and indigestion and can even affect your mood.
Some studies are showing that specific probiotic treatments given to pregnant women can prevent the occurence of some inherited predispositions such as allergy, eczema and asthma in their babies. Other studies show promising results in the treatment of autism.
One of the main functions of the GI tract is to keep the bad guys in check and this is made all the more difficult if your diet is out of whack. Too much refined sugar and a lack of fibre and whole foods can create the perfect breeding ground for these nasties and this is when the good guys get over run. Other factors which inhibit beneficial gut flora include antibiotics and other medications, stress, infections and disease.
Along with improved diet one of the best methods of correcting gut flora is to take a probiotic. There are lots and lots of different strains and it’s important to get the right one for your particular symptoms or health issues. Pro and prebiotics are used to treat conditions from travellers diarrhoea, asthma, eczema, to improve immune function and to lessen allergic responses.
Follow your gut feeling – when was the last time you felt really well ??? Maybe your tummy is trying to tell you something.
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