Digestive complaints and pesky coughs and colds can put a damper on any one's day. The health of our gut microbiome can play a key role with a happy gut and even immune function. Did you know that we have more bacteria within our gut than skin cells in our body? Our gut contains trillions of bacteria, 1kg worth in fact which is the same as a bag of potatoes. Any disruption of good and bad bacteria can trigger frustrating symptoms and can affect many aspects of health.
We have a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut and we depend on each other. They need a place to live, eat and reproduce and in turn, their metabolic activity supports our own health in multiple ways…
The importance of a healthy and robust microbiome:
1. Digesting fibre – certain bacteria digest fibre within the gut via fermentation. As a by-product, they produce special fats called Short Chain Fatty Acids which have protective effects and act as fuel for our gut lining cell.
2. Immunity - 70% of our immune cells lie within the gut, and research suggests that our gut bacteria may play a role in strengthening the immune system by communicating with these immune cells. Helps to modulate the immune system.
3. Vitamin production – helps to produce vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, B9 and even some B12
4. Mood – scientists are now referring to our gut as our second brain, they are connected via the vagus nerve and are constantly chattering to each other. 90% of our serotonin is located in the gut with just 10% in the brain, and it’s thought that our gut bacteria may influence the production of these neurotransmitters which play a role with mood
5. Barrier effect – healthy gut bacteria create an environment less favourable for pathogenic or harmful bacteria
6. Weight – there are even species of gut bacteria associated with a higher body weight
Why PRESS London water + probiotics?
Antibiotic use, ageing, stress, sterile environments, food poisoning and low fibre diets are all key factors which can cause our gut microbiome to become compromised. Probiotics are good bacteria which can help to replenish and rebalance our gut bacteria. They work in a strain-specific manner, in fact each individual strain of probiotic has been researched for specific health properties. We have hand-picked Bacillus Coagulans which have been shown to strengthen the immune system, ward of coughs and colds as well as tackle IBS symptoms. In fact, this strain has been highly clinically studied and has been the subject of over 20 studies published in peer-reviewed journals!
As much 70% of our immune system lies within the gut and our gut bacteria regularly communicate with our immune cells, which is why B. coagulans have been clinically proven to fight respiratory tract infections such as coughs and colds. What’s more B. coagulans have been clinically proven to tackle IBS symptoms including bloating, flatulence, stomach pain and irregular bowel movements.
When it comes to probiotics, you get what you pay for and quality does matter. B. coagulans is a very sturdy and acid-resistant strain which means that you can be sure it will reach the gut intact to exert health-promoting effects. Our probiotic water provides well over a billion B. coagulans in each bottle which means that at expiration date you’re guaranteed to receive this amount as a minimum.