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Probiotics

You may have heard of probiotics and that they can be beneficial to gut health but if you’re like us, you might not be clear on their exact purpose and benefit. Find out more about probiotics to promote a healthy digestive system and gut.

What is a probiotic?
What are probiotic supplements?
What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms promoted in having health and gut benefits when taken regularly as part of a balanced diet. These microorganisms are formed of yeast and bacteria by improving and restoring gut flora. You can normally find these probiotic bacteria in yoghurts or food supplements described as ‘friendly’ bacteria.

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Probiotic supplements or probiotic tablets contain a variety of live culture bacteria, which complement the bacteria naturally found in the digestive system which have been found to aid digestion, reduce bloating, trapped wind and indigestion, as well as other symptoms of poor gut health. Probiotic capsules must not replace a varied and balanced diet and should be taken in addition to a healthy lifestyle. For probiotics in children and women, we have food supplements specially developed, so they are safe for both infants and adults. For award winning live bacteria, try out Bio Kult prebiotics and Probio 7.

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Both prebiotics and probiotics each play an important role for better gut health but knowing exactly what they do could help you to find a better balance and incorporate them into your lifestyle. Probiotics are living ‘healthy’ bacteria that add to and maintain the population of good bacteria in your digestive system. Prebiotics are specialized plant fibres that fuel the ‘good bacteria that already exists in the gut. This stimulates growth and reproduction amongst the pre-existing good bacteria. So, in essences probiotics add bacteria to your gut, whereas prebiotics fuel existing bacteria.

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