Young at heart, young at gut

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE -

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.

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