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Probiotics and Prebiotics - Why you need them

November 20, 2017


Ok, so you have heard of Probiotics but still not sure what they do? Have you heard of Prebiotics, how about Synbiotics? Since this is the core of our product it seemed appropriate to give you a quick overview of what they all are and what they do for you.


The human body is an amazing ecosystem, full of thousands of good and bad bacteria. The gut is made up of about 40 trillion bacteria, often referred to as the microbiome. There is actually about a 1:1 ratio of bacteria in our body to our human cells. You can understand why they have so much impact on the workings of our body since there are so many of these little guys.


Our gut is the epicentre for our health and wellbeing and many studies have shown how it can control how we feel both physically and mentally, how we metabolise what we eat and drink, and even our weight. There is now more and more research explaining that having the right mix of bacteria in our guts is beneficial.


Your gut microbiome is influenced by many factors, such as your parents genes and health, whether you were born vaginally or by caesarean and whether you were breastfed. Obviously a lot of these factors are outside of your control now. So let’s not worry or focus on things that you can’t change. There are many factors that can impact the balance in your gut that are somewhat within your control, these including diet, use of antibiotics, illness or stress.


The good news is there are adjustments that you can make to your diet to help rebalance your intestinal health. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet of foods that are high in dietary fibre, such as whole grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes can have a positive effect on your biome and foods that are processed, full of refined sugar and high in fat can affect it negatively.

So what are Probiotics? Probiotics are the good bacteria that live naturally in the gut to help maintain a balanced intestinal and digestive environment and provide positive health benefits. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods, these include yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kimchi, kefir and kombucha.


And what about Prebiotics? These are indigestible fibre that the bacteria in the gut use for growth and to also assist them sticking to the wall of the gut. You can consider this the bacteria’s food. Foods that contain prebiotics are bananas, soybeans, Jerusalem artichokes, whole oats, wheat, barley, garlic, flax seeds, legumes, tomatoes and green vegetables.


And Synbiotics? Well that is simply a fancy name for a product that contains both Probiotics and Prebiotics like Gutsy Probiotic Drink Sachets. It is a bit of a play on Symbiosis which I think describes the relationship well.


In a perfect world we would have a beautifully balanced microbiome and eating all the perfect foods to keep it that way. Unfortunately our world is becoming slightly less than perfect so we need to top up some of the goodies that we don’t get in our diet :)


Gutsy Probiotic Drink Sachets can be taken daily to balance the beneficial bacteria in your gut.


Written By Ben Gray, Co-Founder Gutsy Life




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