Stretched out, the digestive tract makes up a surface area of about 34 metres squared. To give you an idea, this is about the size of a one-bedroom apartment! This incredible bacteria-rich space in the body is called the microflora: an extremely intricate system and home to over one-trillion bacteria, which are considered either pathogenic or probiotic. The term “probiotics” has become increasingly prominent in our lives, and thanks to all of the amazing health benefits associated with them, hopefully in our guts too!
The microflora thrives when the probiotic bacteria are plentiful and overcrowding the pathogenic type. Think of your gut as an auditorium housing a certain number of seats. The seats can be compared to the receptor sites you have in your gut. You want the probiotic bacteria to get to the show in the auditorium early, so that they can take a seat and begin to fill up the auditorium (i.e., you want the probiotic bacteria to occupy the receptor sites so that the pathogenic bacteria do not). If the pathogenic bacteria can’t find a seat, that means they won’t be able to colonize. And if they can’t colonize? They cannot create a ground for disease!
A microflora rich in probiotic bacteria is the ultimate health goal. This is because probiotic bacteria have tons of health functions, and research is finding more and more functions everyday. Here are just a few functions of probiotic bacteria in the microflora working to maintain our health:
- Probiotic bacteria help to regulate the pH of the digestive tract, which helps to combat pathogenic bacteria that do not favour this environment. They are also antimicrobial, helping to kill off bacteria and pathogens that enter us via our food and environment. This means that they’re preventative against harmful pathogenic diseases like H. pylori and E. coli, making probiotics supplementation a particularly good travel remedy!
- Probiotic bacteria are enzymatic-rich and help to further break down our food to aid in the process of nutrient absorption. This means we maximize our nutrient consumption from the foods we eat.
- Probiotic bacteria can repair our gut! What does this mean exactly? Conditions ranging from eczema, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and especially autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are all impacted by the gut’s integrity, and can greatly benefit from gut-loving probiotic bacteria.
There’s no doubt that the buzz on probiotics is booming, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. From local health food stores to major big box grocery stores, probiotic-rich drinks like kombucha and kefir are available to purchase, and we’re seeing more probiotic-rich food like tempeh, miso, and sauerkraut available too! And let’s not forget about our beloved organic yogurt! Despite all of the benefits that these naturally fermented foods provide us, unfortunately for most of us we still need more probiotic bacteria than we can obtain from foods in order to meet our highest health potential. Cue: natural therapeutic supplementation!
The NU Life Therapeutics LGS Gut Therapy line includes Daily Probiotic: a 10 Billion bacteria formula that includes the major strains of probiotic bacteria your gut is calling for. Different bacterial strains have different functions, and can work synergistically to bring better health to the body; therefore, a multi-strain probiotic should be sought out when purchasing probiotic supplementation. NU Life’s Therapeutics Daily and Acute Probiotics contains multiple carefully selected strains that colonize well in the gut, help with the production of vitamins, combat pathogens in your intestines, and decrease inflammation, systemically. A single dose a day, paired with a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and probiotic-rich food, will take care of your digestive tract, all 34m2 of it!
Supplementing with probiotics is one of the smallest, yet most effective health changes you can make for yourself this year! If you’re looking to optimize your digestion, your mood, your immunity, and your overall health, it’s definitely time to begin (or continue) taking a daily probiotic.