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Are cleaning products impacting your child's gut health?

The gut microbiome is a fascinating topic at the heart of much modern research, and to add to this growing area is a Canadian study1, published in the journal CMAJ, looking at how the use of common household cleaning products could be associated with childhood obesity. The link between the two...

Posted 20th Sep 2018

‘Probiotics are useless’: True or false?

Two recent studies conducted in Israel have people questioning the performance of probiotic drinks and supplements. Deemed ‘quite useless’ in the papers, you could say the results didn’t exactly swing in favour of probiotics… That’s why we’re coming back with the hard and fast facts about thes...

Posted 10th Sep 2018

The Microbiome - All You Need To Know

The definition of ‘microbiome’ is a community of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeasts and archaea, that inhabit a particular environment. The gut microbiome has received lots of attention in recent years as scientists discover more and more ways in which it benefits various aspects ...

Posted 30th Aug 2018

Can live cultures combat symptoms of the common cold?

We're currently having the hottest UK summer in what feels like ages and so it might seem a tad premature to discuss protecting yourself against the likes of the common cold and flu virus. But, results of a recent human trial1 published in the clinical journal Synthetic and Systems Biology alr...

Posted 10th Aug 2018

Is your gut bacteria the reason you can't lose weight?

We’re always interested in developments in gut health, so we were particularly intrigued to hear about a study published this month regarding gut bacteria and weight loss. According to the study, certain individuals’ gut bacteria activity might contribute to their ability, or inability, to los...

Posted 3rd Aug 2018

Could live cultures help with allergies?

It's National Allergy Awareness week from 23rd - 29th April 2018. As the hay fever season launches, bringing misery to sufferers across the Western Hemisphere, Allergy UK will be attempting to raise awareness of the growing allergy epidemic and we support their campaign wholeheartedly, particu...

Posted 27th Apr 2018

Study shows many medicines affect our gut bacteria (not just antibiotics)

It's a well established fact that our gut bacteria can be adversely affected by antibiotic treatment. These vital medicines are indiscriminate in their method of action, and unfortunately, our resident friendly bacteria can also be damaged during an antibiotics course, sometimes resulting in side...

Posted 4th Apr 2018

8 Ways To Get Your Kids To Take Their Probiotics Supplement

Most parents know that getting their children to take anything they don't want to is a battle at the best of times. I can remember, when I was young, refusing to consume almost anything I didn't like - medicine, Marmite, or my least favourite...sprouts! Even now, I avoid them at all costs, Chr...

Posted 1st Apr 2018

Gut Health - All you need to know

When we ask people what they associate with probiotics, the two most common answers are 'good bacteria' and 'the gut'. But what exactly is the gut and what can you do to keep it healthy? What are the key functions of the gut? The gut (also known as the gastrointestinal tract) is t...

Posted 23rd Mar 2018

Does pregnancy change the vaginal microflora?

This is a great question and one that scientists have given significant attention in recent years. We know the vaginal microbiome is dominated by a number of genus, including Lactobacilli1. If balanced, these bacteria provide a natural barrier against bacterial and viral pathogens and he...

Posted 23rd Mar 2018