Woman & Home likes OptiBac Probiotics for inflammation
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 probiotic to take in order to support gut health and in doing so reducing inflammation.
What on earth is inflammation and how can a probiotic 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.
There are many triggers for inflammation but the common link between the inflammation and the triggers is gut health. You may or may not know that 70% of our immune system is based in our gut. Very simply, a damaged gut can lead to leaky gut which in turn will contribute greatly to a malfunctioning immune system. A ‘leaky gut’ is where the gut wall becomes a leaky barrier allowing particles of food through the gut wall into the blood stream where the immune system then launches an inappropriate immune response. When the incidence of this is high this leads to a rise in inflammation.
One of the most powerful ways of reducing inflammation therefore 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 Probiotics ‘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.
If you enjoy reading information on this area you might like to know that Nutritional Therapist Kerry is writing a blog post on Gout which also stems from inflammation. Watch out for it on our blog post page.
We also have an information page on probiotics and histamine intolerance, also an inflammatory response, which may be useful for some.