Health ProboticsWhat are probiotics?

Every body is inhabited by trillions of micro-organisms; on the skin, in the hair, up the nose and pretty much everywhere else you can imagine. Probiotics are good bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract and other parts of your body, in what is called a symbiotic relationship “the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other.” The microbes that live in the human digestive system, help to break down food, produce some vitamins and are thought to act as messengers to the immune system and the brain, and in return, bacteria benefit from the inhabitable environment in the intestines.

Do we have probiotics naturally?

Yes, it is natural for us to have good bacteria in our digestive tract. Probiotics however, have to compete with pathogenic or 'bad' bacteria to populate the gut. It is normal to have an amount of non-beneficial bacteria living in the gut, but when these numbers get too high and the levels of good bacteria get too low, problems may occur. This is called 'dysbiosis'. Our natural levels of good bacteria can be compromised by stress, ageing, antibiotic use, travel and poor diet.

Why are they so important?

Around 90% of our immune system exists in our gastrointestinal tract! When there is an imbalance in bacteria it can lead to compromised immunity, thrush, fatigue, poor digestive function including; bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, constipation, and numerous other symptoms as everybody is so different.


How do I know which probiotics to take?

When choosing a probiotic it is important to consider why you want to take them and how you want to take them. Some probiotic formulas are powdered and come with prebiotics as well, so that you can stir them into food or drink. Prebiotics provide a favourable environment for the probiotics to thrive, which include fibres that are not used by the body otherwise. These can also be found in foods such as asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic and artichokes.

There are different species and strains of probiotics that are beneficial for particular issues. For example Sacchromyces Boulardii is reccomended for travelling abroad as it sticks to harmful bacteria and gently removes it from the system. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is used to help treat and prevent thrush and other intimate health issues as it actually populates the vagina and not just the digestive tract.

At Daily Bread we have a wide range of probiotics so you can choose your preferred and targeted option. Our new range of probiotics from Optibac, provide a comprehensive range of combinations along with other beneficial ingredients to suit many individual requirements such as travelling abroad, intimate health, and general probiotics for every day use. Optibac use only the most researched strains of probiotics which is why we are happy to stock their products. We also stock a range of powdered options from Lepicol and some daily probiotics by Viridian, our neighbours from Daventry.

If you have any further queries please give us a call or pop in to the store to have a chat.


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