As a child, I remember receiving my regular weekly dose of a foul tasting concoction, a homemade remedy to keep my tummy clear. Grandmother's remedies as well as traditional practitioners have always stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy digestive system. Milk of Magnesia anyone?
“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates stated this over 2,000 years ago and clinical research shows how critical our gut’s health is for the well-being of the body and even the mind.
Just as there is an ecosystem in our environment, our body also supports its own ecosystem. Trillions of tiny organisms known as microbes which include bacteria, viruses and fungi form part of the ecosystem, most of which reside in the gastrointestinal tract. The key to good health is to maintain an optimal balance of microbes in our system.
So, what causes an imbalance in our body’s ecosystem?
Antibiotics and other daily chemical products like mouthwash, anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers eliminate all bacteria including the friendly bacteria.
Irregular and hectic lifestyles and poor diets for adults, children as well as infants contribute to an unhealthy bacteria balance in the intestine.
Rising stress levels encourage the harmful bacteria to multiply.
As we age, it gets harder to maintain the optimal balance of microbes in the intestine.
Give your gut a helping hand
You can safely introduce daily probiotics as part of your routine to improve your gut health. Probiotics are living organisms that restore the beneficial (friendly) bacteria in the intestine and help maintain the gut’s bacteria balance. The friendly bacteria in your intestine are responsible for:
- Digestion and regular bowel movements
- Absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream
- Protection from infection and inflammation
- Regulation of metabolism and preventing/controlling type 2 diabetes
- Strengthening the immune system – over 60% of your immune system is located within your gut
- Serotonin production for nerve health - there are more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.
A healthy bacteria balance also helps:
- Skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis
- Depression or anxiety
- Food allergies
- Insulin resistance
- Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease
Probiotics by Quest
Quest probiotic products are manufactured 100% in-house from proprietary probiotic master cultures with proven stability and survivability in the GI tract. Many of these probiotic products are combined with other synergistic active ingredients to provide enhanced and highly unique health solutions.
Quest grows more than 14 trillion probiotic bacteria each year which are stabilised and then incorporated into nutraceutical capsules, tablet, liquid and sachet products.
Available in Kenya from Rekindle