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The word ‘Inflammation’ has been the buzz word in the world of health for some time now. So naturally we are delighted to have been mentioned by Woman & Home as the live cultures to take in order to support gut health and in doing so reducing inflammation.
What on earth is inflammation and how can live cultures be helpful you may well be asking?
Inflammation is of course a natural and life supporting healing response where the body reacts to an injury or illness. Inflammation is what you feel when a scratch becomes swollen or your temperature rises. However the problems arise when the trigger for an inflammatory response becomes prolonged or otherwise known as chronic. This leads to a systemic inflammation and this in turn has been linked to the development of autoimmune diseases. Examples of these are MS, arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease.
One of the most powerful ways of reducing inflammation is to improve gut health, as stated in the article:
"There's a whole host of issues that could cause your gut to suffer, from diet (like eating lots of sugar and dairy) to lifestyle (like taking acid blockers to fight acid reflux) to history (like not being breastfed and therefore missing out on lots of friendly bacteria)."
The article then goes on to suggest taking Optibac ‘For every day’ in order to rebalance the gut bacteria. The article proposes that gut bacteria have been found to have an important influence on gut health and therefore inflammation.