Category: Digestion

IBS Remedies

IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome), as the name implies, are irritable bowels giving rise to a constellation of signs and symptoms, including but not limited to: recurrent tummy aches bowel habits alternating with diarrhea and constipation (the bowels are constipated at one time and lax at the other) bloating a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying […]

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5 Science Based Tips to Improve Your Digestive Health

The digestive function has a great deal of impact on your overall health. It should be kept in tip-top shape so that your entire body, including mind can stay on the right track. Here, we present to you certain science-proven tips to achieve optimal digestive health. 1. Drink plenty of water The simplest way to […]

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5 Ways Good Digestive Health Prevents Sickness

1. An intact gut lining wards off sickness-causing agents We often use the term gut health but what exactly defines “gut health?” After the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates unveiled that “all disease begins in the gut,” the scientists started digging into the deep aspects of gut health. Today, the modern medicine has turned the pages […]

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Why Is Carbohydrate Digestion Important?

What are Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates (also known as carbs or saccharides) are one of the three primary macronutrients (the other two being fats and proteins) that we take in our diet. They are the main source of energy as their final breakdown yields glucose, the blood sugar that provides energy to our body cells to meet […]

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The Way to Your Heart is Through Your Gut Microbiome

Overview The gut bacteria and the genes that they carry—collectively known as the “gut microbiome”—have a significant impact on your health, including the health of your heart. An imbalanced gut microbiome can wreak havoc on your heart. Hence, the key to a healthy heart may simply lie in the health of the bacteria residing in […]

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LRC Probiotic and Heart Health

The quality of our probiotic, LRC (or Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242) that makes it stand out from other probiotics on the market today is its ability to support your heart health. Among the line-up of medical epidemics, cardiovascular diseases are still on the top list of the current crisis. The introduction of LRC into the […]

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How Digestive Health Benefits Athletes

Our gut and its microbiome can have a major impact on the athletic performance. It plays a vital role in producing, storing, and supplying the calories needed by an athlete or any individual practicing endurance exercises, such as running, cycling, aerobic exercise or swimming. A Healthy Gut can adapt itself to sudden bodily changes during […]

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How Do Probiotic Supplements Work?

How do probiotics workWe know that probiotics are live active cultures that when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host. But what essentially makes a probiotic a probiotic? To be labeled as a probiotic, the product should be capable of surviving the irritant effects of both the stomach acid and bile to arrive at their destination in the colon where they exert their effects.

 

How do probiotics work?

 

The probiotics work through a number of mechanisms to strengthen our immune defenses and prevent us from sickness.

It is recognized for decades that the restoration of the balance in the microbial gut population is crucial for our health, and its disruption precipitates several GI and non-GI disease states. Depending upon the duration of their effects, probiotics can be classified as transient versus colonizing. Transient probiotics travel to the gut but are incapable of making a permanent home in the microbiome. They work as long as they are taken. In contrast, the colonizing probiotics (as the name implies) tend to colonize in the gut permanently; their effects last even after discontinuing them. Both kinds of probiotics stick to the gut wall to fend off the harmful invaders from adhering and exerting their deleterious effects. They block the growth of the bad pathogens and therefore, serve to boost the immune defenses both locally within and outside the gut.

 

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Probiotics Help You Absorb Nutrients

probiotics help you absorb nutrientsAbsorption is the passage of end products of digestion from the GI tract into the bloodstream and body tissues. These nutrients supply energy and nourishment essential for daily functioning. Lack of absorption of nutrients (both macro and micro) can lead to protein and several vitamin and mineral deficiencies – that is to say, malabsorption leading to malnutrition. Micronutrient deficiencies seem to gobble up about two billion people around the world.

 

While re-populating the gut with beneficial bacteria, high-end probiotics also ensure proper absorption of nutrients ingested as part of our diet. Following are a few evidence-based implications of probiotics in enhancing the delivery of micronutrients to our body tissues:

 

  1. Augment Iron Absorption

When used on a regular basis, these fortified microbial strains prevent iron deficiency by boosting iron absorption.

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5 Benefits of Probiotics (Explained at the Molecular Level)

Probiotics and IBSIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal disorders estimated to affect millions of people universally. The mechanisms responsible for the generation of IBS include variation in gut motility, inflammation, small-bowel bacterial overgrowth, the leaky gut phenomenon and a meddling with the gut-brain axis, hypervigilance to pain, and last but not the least when the gut ecology goes haywire.

 
Live, healthy bacteria (probiotics) have a wide array of potential health benefits in various GI diseases, predominantly IBS. Why are probiotics an effective addition in IBS?

 
Here are the 5 benefits of ingesting healthy bacteria in IBS!

 
1. Induce the Expression of Pain-Alleviating Receptors in the Gut
What are the most potent painkillers? They are opioids and to our surprise, probiotics exert morphine-like effects once ingested. Experts have been capable of figuring out that probiotics, particularly the Lactobacillus strains induce the expression of pain-relieving receptors in the gut. [1] This reduces the pain hypersensitivity in IBS.

 

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