There’s much evidence that many of our ills come from what we eat, how we digest our food, and how well we absorb nutrients from our food – which is why you should take a good probiotic.
“All disease begins in the gut – Hipocrates”
Some 2,500 years ago, the father of modern medicine knew what he was talking about. Our digestive tract is where we get the fuel our bodies need to work properly, but so many of us neglect to take good care of it.
Think of our digestive system as a car’s engine – just as you wouldn’t put diesel into a petrol car and expect it to work, you can’t put rubbish into your body and expect it to function in an optimal way.
And in those terms, probiotics can act a little like engine oil. Oil keeps the engine parts working and a good probiotic can help keep your gut working.
There are something like three to five pounds of bacteria in your tummy – they outnumber human cells by around 10 to one. Yes, getting rid of them at that upper figure might be a good way to lose almost half a stone. But if you did that, you wouldn’t be around much longer – for one, you wouldn’t be able to digest your food, for another, you’d pretty soon fall foul of some evil bug meaning you wouldn’t be around much longer.
The bacteria that occur in our tummies are the good guys. They help us digest our food – hence giving us the right nutrients – and they protect us from the baddies who want to make us sick.
Given their vital role, doesn’t it make sense to look after them? But few of us do – and that’s where probiotics come in.
We’re finally out of the ‘take an antibiotic for everything’ type of medicine in the UK, but one of the things antibiotics do is kill all bacteria – whether good or bad. And there’s good evidence that taking a probiotic when on antibiotics will help keep the balance right and prevent you from getting diarrhea.
There’s also evidence that if you have none-antibiotic diarrhoea, you can shorten its duration by more than a day.
While you’ve probably seen probiotics on the supermarket shelves in the form of yoghurts etc, I’d recommend taking a good probiotic from one of the specialist manufacturers who sell their professional-grade products online such as Nutriadvanced or the Natural Dispensary who are an online store for high-end supplements.
Probiotics are classed as food and so they are not subject to the stringent regulations that medicines are – with off-the-shelf products, it may be hard to know what you’re getting. The good probiotics I recommend are subject to stringent research to improve their quality and efficacy.
Drop me a line if you want to know more… I get a practitioner discount with some supplement companies and can pass that on to you.