Probiotic Multivitamins Minerals
We are what we eat, yet the body needs a healthy digestive system to extract nutrients from food, break them into absorbable portions and eliminate whatever that cannot be digested.
Good regular bowel movement indicates that your digestive health is working well. Conversely, when your digestive system is malfunctioning, you will experience symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic bowel irritation
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rumbling noises
- Skin disorders
- Sugar cravings
Poor digestion interferes with nutrient breakdown, absorption and metabolism, while poor nutrient absorption spills into low energy levels and lowered productivity as well as quality of life. It can be hard to stay active, fit and strong enough for the stresses of daily life when your body lacks energy.
Gastrointestinal experts even warn that prolonged nutrition deficiency can lead to premature aging, arthritis, poor skin and hair, allergies, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular problems and many other diseases.
Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora with good bacteria will help improve digestive health and enhance absorption of nutrients. This will allow the body to heal itself naturally, eventually reducing the risk of disease and the need for medications.
What are probiotics?
Did you know that the human body is the living host of bacteria? We literally carry around 1 kg of bacteria with us at any one time! The bacteria in our bodies help to break down the food we eat and enhance absorption of many nutrients.
The use of friendly bacteria was first studied by the scientist Ellie Metchnikoff, who wrote a thesis on ‘Prolongation Of Life’ in the late part of 1800s. He noticed that the Bulgarians lived to the ripe old age beyond a hundred and found that their diets consisted mostly of sour milk with lactic acid bacteria in them.
Initially he called the bacteria the Bulgarian bacillus, later renaming it Bacillus bulgaricus. In recent years, the lactic acid bacteria has come to be known as ‘probiotics’, meaning ‘for life’ (as opposed to antibiotic, which means to kill bacteria).
Today, probiotics are known tocontribute to good intestinal function, aid digestion and help to regulate the immune system. In this way they help to maintain overall good health.
Unfortunately, our 21st century lifestyle puts us at risk of damaging our intestine’s friendly bacteria. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and excessive use of antibiotics are all potential factors that may contribute to decreasing the friendly bacteria in the body.
When that happens, the bad bacteria that co-exist with the good bacteria in the guts will leap into action to colonise the good bacteria. When these bad bacteria multiply, they may create a toxic situation that disrupts the body’s normal functioning. This results in a multitude of diseases such as gastrointestinal and immune disorders.
Many healthcare professionals now recognise the importance of supplementing our diet with probiotics so as to keep the bad bacteria in check and restore a healthy balance in the gut.
Bion® 3 is available in pack sizes of 30’s & 90’s
Dosage for Adults & Children above 12 years of age:
1 tablet daily, preferably taken on empty stomach in the morning or before bedtime.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.
- American Dietetic Association
- Medline Plus
- US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Mayo Clinic
- University of Maryland Medical Center
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