What is the gut microbiome?

Your microbiome is determined by everything you face in daily life – your health history, diet, age, gender, stress and all the things you come into contact with.

This means your microbiome is constantly changing and is completely unique.

Most of the microbes that make up your microbiome are bacteria. In fact, you carry around three pounds of bacteria in your gut! Other organisms include fungi, viruses and protozoa.

Most of these organisms in your gut work together
in a symbiotic relationship. They form the first line of defence against disease, help you to digest your food, provide vital enzymes and nutrients, keep inflammation under control, and strengthen the lining of your gut.

Sometimes your microbiome falls out of balance, usually because of antibiotics, diet, stress, or medications. An imbalanced, unhealthy microbiome can lead to bloating, gas, diarrhea, and low energy.

It can also contribute to more serious conditions like heart disease, mood disorders, and even Type 2 diabetes.

If you are suffering from an imbalanced gut and Candida overgrowth, there are three very important ways in which the ‘good bacteria’ in your gut can help you.

1. ‘Good Bacteria’ Crowd Out the Candida Yeast Cells

In your gut there is a finite amount of food and space. This is mostly used by the probiotic bacteria that line the walls of your intestines, leaving little food for the Candida albicans yeast cells. Deprived of space and nutrients, these Candida cells find it very difficult to multiply.

2. ‘Good Bacteria’ Regulate the Acidity in Your Gut

There are several gut bacteria that help to regulate the acidity in your intestines, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These acid-producing bacteria prevent Candida albicans from switching to its fast-growing, pathogenic form.

3. ‘Good Bacteria’ Support Your Immune System

Lastly, the bacteria in your intestines play an important role in supporting your immunity. Research shows that maintaining a healthypopulation of gut flora keeps your immune system activated. When you lose these ‘good bacteria,’ it’s almost like your immune system switches off.

THE ROLE OF PROBIOTICS

The easiest way to protect your gut health is by regularly ingesting probiotic bacteria.

You can do this by taking a high-quality probiotic supplement. If I had to choose one supplement to take each day, it would be an easy choice. A healthy gut is the foundation that you need to thrive, and a good probiotic ensures that. The good bacteria in our gut are not residents, they are transient, meaning 3 to 4 days and they have passed out of the body, so we need to be replacing them.

Regul8’s Maintain is a prebiotic and probiotic with a unique microencapsulation technology which ensures maximum survival to the target area, the lower intestine. It also has a 3-year shelf stability without needing refrigeration. When clients are on maintenance, they should be taking 1x Maintain morning and night, to keep good levels of the beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is a good idea to do another full Digestive Tune-Up® every three months.

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