Take care of your gut and it will take care of you: Could these ‘friendly’ bacteria transform your gut health and quality of life?
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Do your food cravings sometimes leave you feeling torn between your heart’s desire and your gut instinct?
If your gut tells you that rich, indulgent dishes are likely to leave you suffering, you’re not alone.
For many of us restaurant meals or takeaways, fried foods and sugary snacks are best avoided if we want to avoid unwanted discomfort.
But it’s not just when we overindulge that the gut can play havoc with our ability to enjoy ourselves. Around 40 per cent of Brits have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to the NHS. These can vary dramatically from feeling bloated to long-term gastrointestinal issues.
Around 40 per cent of Brits have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to the NHS
Despite that, almost a quarter of us don’t think about looking after our gut health, according to the charity Guts UK.
But if you take care of your gut, it will take care of you – and far more than just your digestive health.
The trillions of bacteria and microbes in our intestines – known collectively as the ‘gut microbiome’ – play a key role in breaking down the food we eat, helping us to absorb essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals.
Many things can affect the delicate balance of the microbiome, including what we eat, the medicines we take and even hard exercise.
But scientists are now discovering just how important the gut microbiome is to many other aspects of our health, from the immune system to the brain, even our mood and mental health – adding up to a profound influence on our overall wellbeing and quality of life.
It’s not always easy to talk about an issue as personal and sensitive as our digestive health. But for 27-year-old Vicky Jaspal, a junior school teacher from Ipswich, being able to talk about it with a relative changed her life.
‘I suffered with what I thought was a gluten intolerance, I didn’t feel right at all,’ she says. ‘I just couldn’t eat a lot.’
Vicky, 27, says she can enjoy her favourite foods again thanks to ProBio 8+
For Vicky, the effect wasn’t just physical but psychological, too.
‘I was just very unhappy. I was tired all the time. I didn’t really want to go out and eat with my friends or do anything, because I was limited in what I could eat when I went out.’
‘So, I couldn’t do normal things like getting a takeaway or having a drink, or going bowling without thinking, ‘What am I going to be able to eat?’
In 2020, one of Vicky’s relatives suggested that she try ProBio 8+, an advanced probiotic supplement designed to replenish the ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut.
‘I thought it would maybe help me to eat out occasionally, or I might be able to eat some things I couldn’t currently.’
Instead, the change was profound. ‘It worked wonders, really,’ says Vicky.
Vicky didn’t notice a big difference at first. ‘But after the second or third month, it really started to work.’
‘Now, I can finally enjoy the food I love. It’s just been amazing.’
I’ve got more energy, I can go out a lot more and be happy – I don’t really have to worry about what I have to eat.’
High stress levels, too little sleep, high-sugar and processed foods, antibiotics – these can all damage our gut microbiome.
‘This can lead to an imbalance between ‘helpful’ bacteria and opportunistic ‘bad’ bacteria such as pathogens, which cause illnesses,’ explains Dr Miriam Ferrer, PhD, Head of Product Development at FutureYou Cambridge, the developer of ProBio 8+.
Having a wide variety of bacteria species is key to a healthy microbiome. So it’s a good idea to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, plus fermented foods containing live bacteria, such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso paste which are natural probiotic foods.
But high-quality supplements like ProBio 8+ can help to establish and maintain a diverse colony of friendly bacteria. ProBio 8+ is a multi-strain probiotic containing eight carefully selected bacteria chosen for their gut support, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
‘One of the challenges in creating an effective supplement is choosing the right combination of bacterial strains. It’s like a football team; you need more than just a great striker. A team of different bacteria will perform better than a single strain,’ explains Dr Ferrer.
ProBio 8+ is a multi-strain probiotic containing eight carefully selected bacteria chosen for their gut support
‘Plus, they must survive a difficult journey to the gut before they can start metabolising. ProBio 8+ was designed to address all these challenges, with a scientifically tested combination of bacteria we know will work.’
ProBio 8+ features unique Probioact® technology – a special formulation of strain-specific prebiotics, minerals and proteins, including extra fibre and nutrients like inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides.
Together, these enable the three billion colony-forming units of bacteria in each sachet to survive the journey through the stomach and thrive on arrival.
‘This results in an increased survival rate, allowing more friendly bacteria to multiply and get to work, and that ensures the highest effectiveness for gut health compared with similar products,’ says Dr Ferrer.
ProBio 8+ comes in an easy-to-take, vanilla-flavoured powder that swiftly dissolves in water, milk or yoghurt. One sachet a day is enough, preferably taken on an empty stomach either before breakfast or going to bed.
Planning engineer Richard Hill, 44, found himself burdened with unexpected gut issues after having Covid, but struggled to find supplements that suited him.
‘It didn’t really affect my breathing – it was more to do with my digestive system. I had a lot of problems with it,’ says Richard.
ProBio 8+ comes in an easy-to-take, vanilla-flavoured powder that swiftly dissolves in water, milk or yoghurt
‘I researched different aids for gut health and how to improve my microbiome diversity. But there are a lot of products made with yoghurt, which I can’t eat. I can’t eat any fermented foods because they give me a real problem.’
‘Then I found ProBio 8+. It has some of the best bacteria for me personally, and it really helped me. After taking it for a couple of weeks my stools were forming normally. If I took it in the evening, just before I went to bed, it was always better.’
‘I noticed a big difference compared to similar products I’d tried. I took it for a couple of months and I still keep some sachets just in case. It’s a fantastic product. I feel a lot happier in general.’
The effect our gut health has on our general wellbeing and quality of life is often overlooked.
But a study of the reported experiences of 584 people between 2015 and 2019 revealed some surprising results. Of the 118 who were given the Probio8+ formulation, as well as having a highly positive effect on their gastrointestinal health, users reported significant improvements in their quality of life, ranging from achievement at work to their social lives.
They also reported improvements in happiness, wellbeing and energy. Around 64% of users said they were likely to continue taking it.
Many practitioners recommend people try ProBio 8+. Kate Kelly from the dispensary at The Natural Practice, a complementary medical practice based in Winchester, has seen first-hand how people keep returning to it.
‘We want supplements that actually work and have a scientific background, with studies behind them. We’re getting a lot of repeat orders, so people are clearly finding it works for them.’
Adam Cleevely, Chair of FutureYou Cambridge, says: ‘The importance of gut health is so often overlooked, but it’s great to hear the positive outcomes ProBio 8+ had for Vicky and Richard. We want to support more people to improve their gut health and we’re so confident in the quality and effectiveness of ProBio 8+ that we’re happy to let people try a 28 day supply for free. All you have to pay is the £2 postage.’
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