Probiotics are everywhere nowadays; scan the health and wellness section of any supermarket and you are bound to find countless bottles of the stuff. The general idea that they’re “good for you” is an easy one to accept at face value, but we often find that we don’t actually know how they benefit us. What are probiotics really and what are they good for? And which probiotics are best suited to our needs?
It may be surprising to learn that the human body is full of bacteria and that it’s a good thing. In fact, we are so full of bacteria that their numbers exceed our own body cell count tenfold! These bacteria are responsible for helping carry out many of our body’s functions and are mainly situated within our gut. Keeping these good bacteria happy is vital to the maintenance of a healthy gut environment, also known as a microbiome. 80% of our immune system resides in the gut and is easily affected by imbalances within and damage to the microbiome.
The bacteria-filled haven that is the digestive system is often exposed to many damaging chemicals and foodstuffs that sneak into our daily routine. Prescription medications, sugar, and even stress can all mess up the delicate little garden of your gut! And these imbalances often have immediately visible effects, to name a few:
- Digestive issues
Many physical ailments have been attributed to an unhealthy gut microbiome. So how do probiotics factor into all this? Well, probiotics’ basic function is to help populate your gut with good bacteria, ensuring that everything is working as it should be. Pairing a healthy dose of probiotics with a wholesome diet that supplements your gut bacteria can result in drastic improvements to your day to day life. It is key, however, to pick the right probiotic for you.
Quality varies greatly among probiotic brands, so finding the right one is vital to ensuring that you receive the full range of benefits. A high potency probiotic is generally what you should be looking for. Potency is measured in CFU (colony forming units) – numbers between 25 billion and a 100 billion are best suited for daily use. You also want to ensure that your probiotic is a broad spectrum, multistrain probiotic that can target a wide variety of issues.
M&R Essentials Gut Biome 1 Probiotic is one of the best on the market. The presence of a unique, stable, spore-forming probiotic known as DE111 gives it an advantage over many other probiotic formulas. Taken from the Deerland Enzyme’s genome, DE111 is a highly effective strain of Bacillus subtilis. DE111 is shown to have the following qualities:
- Persists in the GI tract, populates and re-sporulates
- Supports intestinal immunity
- Crowds out unfavourable bacteria and helps maintain a healthy gut flora
- Supports the proper digestion of dietary fats and complex carbohydrates
M&R Essentials multistrain probiotic combines DE111 with ten other highly effective strains to create an immensely potent synergistic effect. The non-toxic, delayed release capsules ensure that the probiotic remains intact until it reaches the desired target zone of the intestines. It also contains a prebiotic, inulin, that stimulates good bacterial growth, particularly focussing on the vital species Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Other strains present include:
- Lactococcus lactis
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus paracasei
- Bifidobacterium Animalis lactis (formerly B.infantis)
- Lactobaccillus acidophilus
- Lactobaccillus rhamnosus
- Lactobaccillus bulgaricus
- Lactobaccillus casei
- Lactobaccillus salivarius
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Lactobacillus brevis
- Lactobaccillus gasseri
- Bifidobacterium breve
Taking M&R Essentials Gut Biome 1 Probiotic in conjunction with a healthy, wholesome diet will have your gut thanking you and will improve your overall internal health!