Prominent health journalist Helen Foster has written a piece for the June issue of Red magazine, about the importance of gut bacteria in the body. The article discusses the impact of our gut bacteria, for helping with things well outside of the digestive system, such as weight management, and even boosting the mood. Here she has mentioned our 'For every day' supplement, and we're delighted to be recognised!
The gorgeous Drew Barrymore graces the cover of Red mag this month - an actress I've somehow mentioned twice on the blog before (I can link anything back to probiotics, challenge me if you dare!)
Helen's piece discusses weight management and the microbiota, and quotes numerous health - and particularly gut health - specialists, including Dr Raphael Kellman, who tells Red:
"I really believe the microbiome is the missing piece of why we're gaining weight and struggling to lose it in the modern world."
The article moves on to explore the concept of 'psychobiotics' - changing one's mind state with probiotics:
"It seems pretty unbelievable, but French trials looking at how people performed under pressure found that those taking a blend of two specific probiotic strains (Lactobacillus Rosell-52 and Bifidobacterium Rosell-175) said they felt less anxiety when put under stress."
Helen's article touches on this theory of bacteria competing for space in the gut, as she points out that:
"..there are undesirable gut bacteria that produce anxiety-increasing chemicals, so taking good-bacteria probiotics may crowd these out."
The piece goes on to describe foods recommended to encourage a healthy gut, for example eating more vegetables; thought to help increase the body's good bacteria levels in the gut. Overall a fantastic write-up on gut bacteria, so I'd say pick up your copy of Red magazine this month!
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Helen Foster is on Twitter @healthehelen and RED magazine is @RedMagDaily