Young at heart, young at gut
OUR parents might be young at heart. As their children, we would do anything to keep them as healthy and lively as possible. But as they get older, they may need help in certain areas to remain youthful. That would be the immune system.
While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared to younger people, the elderly are far more likely to contract health problems.
The ability of our immune system to work at normal level decreases as our age increases. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, proteins, tissues and organs.
Immune system functions as one of the most important mechanisms of the body to fight against the invasion of harmful bacteria and germs, fighting diseases as well as preserving health. It is like our body’s “invisible shield” against pathogens. But where does our immune system start?
The answer is the gut. Our gut microflora is the game changer in managing our immunity since the human gastrointestinal tract constitutes about 70% of the immune system.
The gut microflora, also known as the intestinal microflora, is one of the immune system’s main defenses.
They counter the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria by taking up space and forming a barrier to the entry of potentially dangerous organisms. So, how can we develop a healthy gastrointestinal health?
A healthy gastrointestinal health starts from a balanced intestinal microflora. Probiotics are good bacteria that can safely dwell in the intestinal tract.
Research shows that Lactobacillus plantarum LP01 and Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 help to improve a beneficial intestinal microflora and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
These two probiotic strains were extensively studied and found to be suitable for adults and senior citizens. Lactobacillus plantarum LP01 and Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 work by surviving, growing and colonising the digestive tract, thus maintaining a healthy gut flora.
A healthy gastrointestinal health also means the components of the gastrointestinal work at their best.
Lactobacillus plantarum LP01 functions to promote peristalsis to normalise bowel movement, relieve constipation, reduce abdominal bloating and soften stools.
Meanwhile, Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 works by restoring bifidobacterium population, balances out the bacteria in the intestine, reduces infection and also increases bowel movement.
When combined with prebiotics, the benefits are boosted. So what is prebiotics?
Prebiotic acts as the “food” to the probiotic. Inulin and oligofructose-enriched powder help to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. The combination of these two, which is the prebiotic and probiotic, are called synbiotic.
In addition, the synergistic effect of prebiotic and probiotic mixture aids in increasing minerals absorption. In fact, they work wonders in enhancing calcium and magnesium absorption that results in improvement in the bone mineral density to lower the risks of osteoporosis.
Up to 20% of senior adults suffer from constipation. Other symptoms of bowel problems such as severe or chronic constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and indigestion indicate poor gut health. Poor gut health leads to poor immunity.
Thus, by taking the right strain of probiotic, with the extra help of prebiotic daily, one can maintain good gastrointestinal health and strengthen the immune system.
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Our gut is the game changer in managing our immunity since the human gastrointestinal tract constitutes about 70% of the immune system.