Cutting-edge scientific research is helping us to understand how our gut microbiome influences almost every aspect of our health.
Your body is home to trillions of microbes - mostly bacteria - which live almost everywhere, from the lining of your gut, to the surface of your skin.
The largest and most diverse community of microbes live within your gut, and are collectively known as the gut microbiome.
Just like your fingerprint, your gut microbiome is unique to you, and no one else. While the types of microbes that live in your gut - and their abundance - generally remains stable over time, external factors such as your diet, and any medications you take, can alter its composition.
The gut microbiome is a delicate balance between beneficial microbes, which work to improve many aspects of our health and wellbeing, and those which can cause us harm if their growth isn’t kept in check. These beneficial microbes help us in a number of ways: they help to digest the food we eat, regulate our immune system, and protect us against disease-causing microbes.
We now know that the microbes which live in the gut can communicate with distant parts of the body, including the bones, lungs, and even the brain. Your gut microbes can produce neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which travel to the brain, affecting your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour. This two-way communication pathway between the gut and the brain (known as the gut-brain axis) is a fascinating area of research, with scientists seeking to understand how our gut microbiome can influence our risk of developing conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Our gut microbiome plays an integral role in our overall health and wellbeing, and its disruption - known as dysbiosis - is associated with an increasing number of chronic medical conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and allergies.
This is where the term probiotics comes in; probiotics are defined as ‘live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host’. While probiotics are mostly bacteria, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, certain yeasts are recognised as probiotics, too. The most well known benefits of probiotics relate to their ability to support the health of our digestive tract and immune system. In addition to these general benefits, certain strains of probiotic bacteria can target specific aspects of our health and wellbeing.
The probiotic strains in Activated Probiotics™ products were chosen for their unique ability to improve the symptoms of complex conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, maintain health and wellbeing during key life stages, including childhood and pregnancy, and support our gut health and immunity. Our innovative probiotic products can also help to keep bones strong and healthy, boost iron absorption from food, and even help to balance our mood.