Prebiotics, probiotics & postbiotics for Good Cut Health

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Do you need help with a badly behaving gut?
Do you suffer from constant stomach aches or indigestion?

Do you need help with a badly behaving gut? Do you suffer from constant stomach aches or indigestion? 

Our stomachs are incredibly important, and there’s a whole new area of research dedicated to how the health of your gut can affect your general health and wellness. The benefits of a healthy gut can support mood and brain function, improve sleep and can help with weight loss goals. 

One of the most interesting areas of research is focused on prebiotics and probiotics, or ‘friendly’ bacteria that can keep the gut healthy and prevent infections.

prebiotics

Prebiotics are a form of dietary fibre that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. Consuming prebiotics has been shown to support the immune system by increasing the number of protective microorganisms.

Fortunately, you can up your prebiotic intake through your food choices. Some of the best sources of prebiotics include: chicory root, garlic, onions, artichoke and dandelion. 

Probiotics

There are some foods that you can eat to improve your gut health naturally and as well as olive oil, and yoghurt these include: 

Kefir
This probiotic yoghurt drink is made by fermenting milk and is packed with good bacteria (which can help to reduce a leaky gut). 

Miso
A savoury paste that is a staple of Japanese cooking, Miso is made from fermented soya beans, plus barley or rice, and contains helpful bacteria and enzymes. 

Sauerkraut
Finely chopped fermented
cabbage.  

Kimchi
A Korean speciality of fermented vegetables 

If you are over 50 and need help from a food supplement, try Probio 7 Over 50’S 60 Capsules, available from Holland & Barrett, designed to maintain a healthy mind and body. 

Postbiotics

Also called short-chain fatty acids, postbiotics are the by-products produced by microbes during fermentation and can be found in many of the same vegetables and fermented foods as probiotics.  

Just Ask Us

If there is anything you need to know about how to get your gut back on track, the best thing to do is to ask in store at Holland & Barrett Gibraltar where their staff have been trained to offer expert advice and have extensive product knowledge.

Helping you Get up and Go

Are you feeling low on energy? Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to get outside and be active? If you want to feel good, keeping your immune system healthy and functioning is essential. One of the best ways to support your natural immunity is to nourish your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive (the ones your body can’t make by itself).

There are a lot of natural ways to give your energy levels a big boost, including eating the right, slow release foods. Dark leafy greens are not only packed with vitamin A, C and mineral folate, but they consist of a lot of fibre too. Fruits like bananas, apples, peaches, apricots, mangos, papaya and oranges also contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and natural sugars which may stop you from nodding off during the day. Studies have found that chia seeds form a gel-like substance in the body’s stomach to help slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. As a result, you’ll get a nice slow release as the day goes on. 

The older we get, the harder it is to keep our brain healthy, but there are many things that we can do in our early and adult life to keep our minds, as well as our bodies, active. Keeping mentally active is very important so find things you can do for your own cognitive function improvement such as doing a crossword puzzle or a jigsaw, reading, or playing cards. 

For that extra boost, try Holland & Barrett Vitamin C & Zinc lozenges. Vitamin C and Zinc contribute to the normal function of the immune system, as well as the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Vitamins for Children and Teens

Holland & Barrett has a wide range of vitamins in a selection of easily consumable formats, from liquid drops to tasty chewable gummies, to ensure your toddlers are well rested or to support your teen’s immunity. According to the NHS, the Department of Health recommends that children from six months to five years old are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day, particularly those who don’t eat a varied diet. Holland & Barrett Healthy Kids Multivitamins + Omega 3 Juicy Orange Capsules are an easy way to ensure that your children are getting the right amount of vitamins. 

Teenagers often think they known best but you can help guide them as they start to take on more responsibility for their own health.  As well as making sure they eat healthily, there are some vitamins that it may be beneficial for them to take. Holland & Barrett Teen Fizz is an effervescent food supplement containing vitamins, minerals and herbs and contains Thiamin which contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism. 

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