Christine Bailey's 7 Tips for a Healthier Christmas

The festive season typically means an onslaught of parties, family gatherings and office nibbles making it hard to maintain a healthy balance with food. This year you can avoid the bloating, tummy discomfort and weight gain, as with a few savvy choices you can enjoy the festivities and still k...

Posted 5th Dec 2017

Lyme disease and probiotics: what do we know?

It’s great to see awareness growing about the complex health issue of Lyme disease. With various support groups like 'Lyme Disease UK' recommending our products, it’s only right that we also provide some information about Lyme disease and discuss the potential role that friendly bacteria could...

Posted 28th Nov 2017

7 easy listening podcasts for your health

When it comes to our health and well-being, we all need a little support now and again. Most of the time we are rushed off our feet and want something to give us a helpful boost, and podcasts are the perfect solution. It’s a useful and informative platform that can be shared at any time of day...

Posted 22nd Nov 2017

Do vegans and vegetarians have healthier gut bacteria?

As it is World Vegan Day, we've been talking about the gut microbiome of vegans & vegetarians, and comparing their gut health and bacteria types to those who eat meat. Omnivores, a.k.a meat eaters, will have different gut bacteria compared to those who have a plant based diet, as meat ...

Posted 2nd Nov 2017

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

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