New study finds probiotics reduce risk of post-natal depression

We talk a lot about the ‘gut-brain connection’ at OptiBac, by which we mean the effect the health of our microbiome can have on our mood. Research has consistently shown that probiotics can have a positive impact on our mental health and this week a new study1 was published in EBioMedicine, re...

Posted 19th Oct 2017

New study says our gut bacteria could influence our weight loss

Wouldn't it be great if practitioners could create personalised weight loss/ diet plans for their clients based on their gut microbiota? Well, a new study has looked into the possibility of doing just that. The results of this study, coupled with further research, could see us creating tailore...

Posted 16th Oct 2017

Our 5 favourite fermented foods (+ recipes)

With World Food Day coming up on the 16th October, we wanted to feature our favourite fermented foods! Fermented foods have been around for centuries, in fact people began to ferment foods as far back as 2000 years ago as a way of prolonging the life of vegetables. They are particularly po...

Posted 12th Oct 2017

Glamour mag loves OptiBac 'For every day MAX'

When we think about how to get that healthy glowing skin, one of the first things that come to mind are skincare products we can apply externally, right? Well, I can tell you that giving our gut flora a little tummy loving care, by introducing live cultures could go a long way too. This ...

Posted 9th Oct 2017

Is it best to alternate probiotic supplements?

There's a school of thought that rotating or alternating probiotic supplements is beneficial; the thought process being that having a more diverse gut bacteria (or microbiome) is generally associated with better health. This then seems to make sense - that taking a variety of different str...

Posted 29th Sep 2017

5 ways to get more from your probiotics!

We often receive enquiries about the best time and way to take your probiotics, and some of the most viewed pages on our website are our FAQ's about timings, contraindications and suitability. You all seem keen to take your probiotics in the best way possible, which is great! And hence why we'...

Posted 27th Sep 2017

Exploring probiotics, friendly bacteria and PCOS

As it's PCOS awareness month, we thought it'll be great to look into this condition, and also explore how probiotics could help. What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrine condition, affecting 5-10% of women 1, 2. This condition affec...

Posted 25th Sep 2017

You magazine loves OptiBac 'For daily immunity'

We all need a little boost now and again don't we? As the cold weather is drawing in, it's time to pack away our flip flops and get out those warm woolly scarfs. But before we get out the fluffy socks, let's make sure we're looking after our insides too.The article suggests that 'For daily imm...

Posted 25th Sep 2017

Do women's probiotics work in the gut?

As we see a growing number of probiotics on the market which specifically target women, we start to hear this question more and more: can these probiotics also help to support gut health, or are their benefits limited to the urinary tract and vagina? For the purpose of this blog, let's f...

Posted 20th Sep 2017

Thanks to you a further £24,000 for Womankind Worldwide

It makes us so happy to announce that we have raised a further £24,058.50p for Womankind Worldwide, raising our total to £78,517.60p exactly! And we have you to thank for this contribution – for every pack of ‘For women’ purchased, we donate between 20p and £1 (depending on pack size). ...

Posted 14th Sep 2017