Wellness Hub February 2019 Gut Health This is why you need a probiotic Victoria Hanlon - Swisse Author February 6, 2019 Share Think of probiotics and you may just think of digestive health. Well, you’re about to learn that these little wonders are for so much more than that. Probiotics are a pretty hot topic right now – kombucha, anyone? You probably get the fact that they’re good for digestive health but, believe us, their benefits go much further than that. Firstly, what exactly are probiotics? Essentially, they are microorganisms that live in our intestine. They are the “good” bacteria that keep pathogens (harmful bacteria) in check, by crowding out bad bacteria. This prevents the nasty’s ability to get a hold on the body, which can help reduce the risk of infection and disease. You already have millions of probiotics in your gut, but it’s worth supplementing them with probiotic-rich food (such as sauerkraut, kefir and some dairy products) or a probiotic supplement. Furthermore, specific probiotic strains are good for supporting different health needs (like humans, they’re all good at different things), so if there’s a part of your health you’d like to address, check out whether there’s a probiotic that can help. To support general wellbeing If you want to look after your overall health, probiotics are a good way to maintain a healthy digestive system and restore the balance of good bacteria. They help support the natural balance of friendly intestinal flora, as levels of good bacteria in the gut may be reduced with certain medications or health conditions. Look for probiotics that contain bifidobacterium lactis and lactobaccilus acidophilus (and try saying them if you’re feeling brave!). These bacteria strains support digestive health and immune function, while keeping the balance of good vs. bad bacteria in check. Consider trying Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Digestive Probiotic, a daily formula which supports gastrointestinal health, maintains healthy digestion and restores beneficial gut flora. To support immune health If the winter cold season always hits you hard, then consider taking a probiotic to support your immune health. Probiotics can help boost the immune system and strengthen the body’s defences against illness. Beneficial bacteria strengthen your immune system to fight infection and restore healthy gut flora. Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Immune Probiotic is specifically formulated with clinically-trialled strains to support a healthy immune system and reduce the severity and duration of common cold symptoms. To alleviate symptoms of IBS If you suffer from irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS), considering adding a daily probiotic to your support regime. A probiotic can assist with increasing the presence of good flora in your intestines, which can help relieve abdominal pain, bloating and support bowel regularity. Swisse Ultibiotic Daily IBS Probiotic is good for this exact reason. It helps relieve symptoms and reduce the ongoing occurrence of medically diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). To support women’s health Ladies, if you experience recurring yeast infections or candida, then this is a good indicator that there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the body. A good way to bring it back into balance is with probiotics. Probiotics, or good bacteria, crowd out the bad bacteria, helping to relieve the body of the symptoms attributed to the overgrowth. Swisse Ultibiotic Women’s Flora Probiotic helps balance and maintain healthy vaginal microflora (normal bacteria that lives inside the vagina) and supports urinary tract health. It helps support a healthy vaginal pH, to reduce and relieve vaginal discomfort. Swisse Ultibiotic Women’s Flora Probiotic is suitable to use during pregnancy*. *If pregnant or is symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.