In her latest episode of ‘Live with Liz’, bestselling health and wellbeing author, Liz Earle MBE, spoke with our own Research & Development Director, Dr. Lucien Harthoorn.
This series of livestreamed discussions focuses on important health and wellbeing topics and this episode uncovers more about prebiotics, the ‘good’ gut bacteria that they nourish and what makes them so important to our physical health and wellbeing.
Didn’t catch Live with Liz? Don’t miss out - click here to watch the discussion in full.
In the meantime, we’ve shared eight key discussion points from Live with Liz, as a handy snapshot.
“With gut health, everything connects!”
When we first think of gut health, we tend to think of digestive health symptoms such a bloating or constipation. However, gut health is so much more – it’s about being proactive and giving ‘good’ gut bacteria the helping hand they need to influence other key areas of health.
“The gut microbiome is linked to the immune system”
Around 70% of our immune cells actually reside in the gut! When we put greater focus on the gut microbiome and nourishing ‘good’ gut bacteria, we are also helping to support the body’s immune function.
“There are huge gut microbiome variations between individuals”
The community of bacteria in your gut is constantly shifting and changing and it’s as unique to you as your fingerprint! The key is a more favourable balance, with more of the beneficial types of bacteria and less of the potentially ‘bad’.
“Prebiotics are feeding the ‘good’ gut bacteria that are already there”
We’re familiar with probiotics, now a common sight in shops in products such as kefir and kombucha. Probiotics add more good bacteria to the gut, whereas prebiotics feed and nourish good bacteria that are already in the gut. You may also see products described as ‘synbiotics’, which combine pro- and pre- biotics into one product, for the best of both worlds.
“Bimuno is versatile and stable; it dissolves easily for once-a-day use”
The aim of Bimuno is to make a real difference, which means it needs to be simple to use and versatile enough to fit into our daily routines. It can be added to hot or cold drinks at the start of the day, or even sprinkled on your morning cereal! Click here to find out more about Bimuno® DAILY.
“Bifidobacteria produce metabolites known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs)”
These SCFAs are an end-product of the fermentation process, created as bifidobacteria breaks down the Galactoligosaccharides (GOS) in Bimuno.
SCFAs are an interesting category of molecules, they have signalling abilities and can influence the central nervous system. They’re an essential part of the gut-brain axis; the relationship through which the gut microbiome ‘speaks’ to the brain.
“We need to make sure we’re doing good for our gut!”
Gut health is a journey, not a destination. Because the composition of bacteria in the gut is always shifting and changing through our lifetime, to achieve the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, gut health should be a long-term goal.
Of course, diet should always be front of mind as the main way to nourish the body and support gut health. For some people, increasing intake of fibre, which feeds bifidobacteria, is not as easy. In these instances, a prebiotic supplement such as Bimuno could be a great option.
“It’s putting the ‘control’ back into our own body”
As opposed to pharmacological products, which tend to be reactive and support wellbeing when a specific health problem arises, prebiotic supplements such as Bimuno take a very different approach.
With a more proactive focus on gut health, supporting ‘good’ gut bacteria and allowing it to exert positive influence is a way to put control of wellbeing back into our hands.
Please note – Bimuno is a food supplement, food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. For digestive health concerns, a qualified medical professional should always be the first port of call.
Why not learn more about gut health, the role of ‘good’ gut bacteria and the diverse advantages they bring to the body?
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