If you suffer from gut ailments such as bloating, IBS and diarrhoea, don’t worry. With probiotics at your side, you’ll still be able to enjoy a happy, healthy, stress-free summer.
With summer on its way and holidays, entertaining and socialising on the cards, there’s so much to look forward to. But is there? For sufferers of bloating, diarrhoea and heartburn partying with friends, eating out and beach holidays can be like navigating a minefield. It’s difficult to feel glam when your stomach is painful and feels twice its normal size. And worrying about accessible toilets does tend to take the shine off a fabulous occasion.
Fortunately there’s a solution and it’s a simple one. Probiotics.
Your digestive system contains trillions of bacteria both unhealthy and beneficial. Research has linked some of the unhealthy bacteria to conditions such as bloating, diarrhoea, IBS and other stomach problems.
“The good news is that there are beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, which can be taken on a daily basis to promote good gut health and restore a healthy, balanced bacteria population,” explains Jason Anthony MD and founder of Efficient Microbes producer of Rawbiotics, a locally made range of probiotics. Making these part of your everyday routine will help to create a healthy ratio of beneficial and unhealthy bacteria in your digestive system minimising the inflammation that causes pain and alleviating other digestive system problems.
The variety of probiotics on offer can be confusing. “Opt for liquid probiotics as these contain live, active, beneficial bacteria,” says Jason. “The danger with freeze dried products is that they could pass through the body without rehydrating so you don’t get the benefits.” He also advises that you look for multi-strain probiotics. “These are a blend of many different live strains grown together providing a more comprehensive probiotic,” he adds.
“For those suffering from digestive system related ailments, bloating in particular, we recommend Rawbiotics GUT,” says Jason. Enhanced with Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Rose Hip, herbs proven to soothe the digestive system, the combination of bacteria in Rawbiotics GUT is formulated to counteract major gut imbalances lessening the bloat and relieving other stomach problems, making you feel more bathing suit ready.
Taking Rawbiotics GUT is very easy. “We recommend that you take it daily. You can take it any time of day, with or without food,” says Jason. “Add it to a smoothie, shake, fruit juice or breakfast cereal so that it becomes a habit and you don’t have to think about it.” Like the rest of the Rawbiotics range, GUT comes in 200ml, 500ml and 1 litre containers. The smaller bottles are ideal for popping into your overnight bag when going on holiday. Another advantage is that Rawbiotics products don’t need refrigerating. They can be kept at room temperature out of sunlight for two years unopened, and six months once opened.
Even if you don’t suffer from gut related conditions, taking a Rawbiotics product every day will support your immune system helping you fight off infections and ensuring that you can enjoy the season to the fullest. And if you’ve just finished a course of antibiotics, they’ll reintroduce beneficial bacteria to replace those the antibiotics have wiped out.
Another advantage of taking Rawbiotics is that beneficial bacteria promote the production of serotonin which is mainly produced in the gut. Serotonin lowers stress levels and uplifts and improves your mood and makes you feel more positive. So the healthier your digestive system, the more able you are to produce it. And the better you feel, the better you look.
And another little tip. If, at one of the summer celebrations, you overdo the cocktails, drink lots of water and take Rawbiotics GUT. This will assist in restoring the good bacteria destroyed by alcohol, which will assist your body to process the toxins and sugars from alcohol and shake off the effects of a hangover more easily.
With Rawbiotics, you’re set for a fun-filled holiday season.
All the products in this range are suitable for vegans and vegetarians as they do not contain any animal derived ingredients.
DAILY. Take this for prevention and maintenance and to counteract the effect of antibiotics. The herbs it contains, namely Chamomile, Rose Hip, Olive Leaf, Elderberry, Siberian Ginseng and Astragalus, are known to promote daily vitality and well-being.
DEFENCE. A blend of immunity building bacteria and herbs like Ginger and Turmeric, Defence provides increased immune support helping you fight off infections.
KIDS. With the addition of Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Elderberry, this is specially formulated to promote healthy growth and good nutrition.
To ensure that you get the best from your probiotics make a few changes to your eating habits. Eat more slowly, chewing each mouthful to allow saliva to break down food. Identify problem foods and avoid them if possible or eat less of them. Only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary as antibiotics destroy also beneficial bacteria in addition to the ones they’ve been prescribed to fight off.
For more information, visit rawbiotics.co.za