When we think of gut health and getting those all important good bacteria in to do their work, a lot of us have been conditioned to think yoghurt as a good probiotic for our gut right?
So we merely go along making sure we have a good daily supply of yoghurt in the fridge and give ourselves a little pat on the back at the end of the week for doing the right thing for our all important gut health.
Hmmmmm well in most cases we couldn't be more wrong about how good your average yoghurt is for our gut health. You see here is the problem, most yoghurt to make it appetising is pasteurised and has all sorts of other modifications and additives to delight our taste buds with flavour and texture. If it's not organic it's also likely to be compromised by antibiotic content in the milk as well.
Now you could go to all the trouble of making your own and ensuring that you have a high quality culture starter and make sure you keep it all sugar free, but who has the time or knowledge to really make the probiotic content pack a big enough punch to do your gut good. So realistically you can bust the myth that eating yoghurt is all you need to do for good gut health.
So out with the yoghurt and in with probiotics to do the job properly! The next issue we face is that the cleaver marketing teams that tell us that the cheap probiotic products that sit on the supermarket shelves (yes you know the ones) have this strain and that strain of probiotic and that's all we need... are also far from being correct.
So here is the good oil on how to fill your gut with the right amount of probiotic to positively impact your health.
Research has shown that your gut flora determines your wellness, it's now known that approx 170 diseases can be helped through the use of good quality probiotics.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Mood changes
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Auto immune disease
- And even the common cold!
And that's just to name a few. To help you get a grasp on how to determine a sustainable probiotic use this checklist:
- Must contain effective bacterial strains – must be strain specific
- Must contain spore probiotics - which help to recondition and protect your gut to make way for regular probiotics to flourish
- Are viable and dose specific
- Remain stable and viable for a long time
- Have the ability to survive the stomach and reach the intestine (the capsule they are in must be able to with stand the acid in the stomach) this is a big one as if not your probiotic won't reach the right area and will not have the impact that is intended
- Thrive in the intestine
- Contains a prebiotic to feed the regular probiotics
Please take all this into consideration when purchasing, or if you don't want the hassle of hunting down the good ones yourself, just follow this link as I have painstakingly developed this one for the M&R range - Gut Biome 1 Probiotic