Nutrition

What you need to know about probiotics

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Written by Victoria Hanlon | Swisse Author

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 support a healthy digestive system and a healthy 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!).

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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, healthy digestion and balanced 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 support the immune system and the body’s defences against ills and chills. 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 immune system defence and gut flora balance for a healthy immune response to ills and chills.

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To support healthy bowel function

If you suffer from irritable-bowel syndrome (IBS), considering adding a daily probiotic to your support regime. A probiotic can support a healthy gastrointentinal system and benefical intestinal flora, which can help support settling of abdominal bloating and gas and support bowel regularity. Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Bowel Probiotic is good for this exact reason.

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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 support healthy vaginal microflora (normal bacteria that lives inside the vagina) and supports urinary tract health. It also helps support a healthy vaginal pH. Swisse Ultibiotic Women’s Flora Probiotic is suitable to use during pregnancy*.

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*If pregnant or is symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd, 381 Great South Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051.