The Vitl Nutrition Team / 30 Mar 2021
Gut health is increasingly praised in the media, with high profile scientists and supporters including Tim Spector, Dr Megan Rossi and The Gut Stuff. It is also a key area of focus in nutritional therapy, due to the beliefs of the gut’s influence on overall health. Many believe that an unhealthy gut can result in systemic issues, and the first step in getting things back on track is to target the gut as the root of various problems. Constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are some of the signs that your gut needs our attention, and for this, we can help!
One of the main reasons behind upset digestion can be an imbalance of the number of live friendly bacteria colonizing the lining of your gut. These bacteria have multiple roles, some of which are supporting nutritional absorption, immune defense and digestion. The most fascinating thing about the trillions of bacteria living in our gut is that they can change very quickly. Research suggests that specific changes in your diet can change your gut microbiome in less than 4 days! 1 The introduction of probiotics and prebiotics into your diet is a good step towards the optimisation of your gut environment 2.
Etymologically, the term 'probiotic' is derived from the Greek language meaning “for life”. However, the definition of probiotics has evolved over time, along with the increasing interest in the use of viable bacterial supplements and in relation to the progress made in understanding their mechanisms of action.
Some of the most important health benefits of probiotics include the improvement of:
as well as the reduction of serum cholesterol and cancer prevention 3, 4.
Other functions of probiotics in the body include:
Our Daily Biotic formula contains 8 live cultures, totalling up to 14 billion of live friendly bacteria, including strains of the genus Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces, Streptococcus and FOS.
Bacteria of the genus Lactobacillus ferment glucose and other sugars to lactic acid, acetic acid and H202, making the host’s intestine, vagina and urinary tract pH more acidic, thus less favourable to pathogens. Lactobacillus species also ferment lactose, benefiting hosts with lactose intolerance 12.
Bifidobacterium lactis has been shown to protect against the toxic effects of wheat protein gliadin, minimising the negative side effects of gluten 13. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is non-pathogenic transient yeast with a broad anti-pathogenic action, particularly researched in candida infections and diarrhoea 14.
Furthermore, 2 randomised controlled trials found that administration of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria can improve constipation, by increasing defecation frequency and the amount of stool in only 2 weeks! 20, 21
In a more recent study, 503 patients were administered probiotics up until 7 days after their antibiotic treatment. Only 12.5-19.6% of these patients experienced diarrhoea, compared to the 24.6% of patients in the placebo group. The study group also experienced less liquid stools, fever, abdominal pain and bloating 22.
Our formula also contains beta-glucans, a form of soluble fibre that escapes human digestion and acts as a substrate for bacterial fermentation in the gut 15. Aside from supporting the growth of our microbiota, beta-glucans are also known for their beneficial effect on immunity 16, regulation of cholesterol 17 and blood sugar levels 18.
We have also included FOS, prebiotics which have important and beneficial physiological effects, including improved mineral absorption and decreased levels of serum cholesterol, triacylglycerols and phospholipids. Their consumption increases fecal bolus and the frequency of depositions, while a dose of 4-15 g/day given to healthy subjects has been found to significantly reduce constipation, considered one of the growing problems of modern society 19.
With optimal gut health being paramount to your overall health, we hope you enjoy our Daily Biotic product as much as we do!
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