Work towards a healthy gut
IT is important to maintain a healthy digestive system, especially the gut as this is where most of the digestion and absorption processes take place.
The digestive system is responsible for ensuring that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed and for protecting the body against diseases.
Today, the use of probiotics is common to combat gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence and inflammatory bowel syndrome ( IBS), but different probiotic strains confer different health benefits.
Probiotics are live bacteria that benefit human gut flora by balancing the intestinal microflora. This is because imbalanced gut flora leads to gastrointestinal discomfort and weakens the immune system.
Therefore, choosing the right probiotic strain is important in combating gastrointestinal problems since the colonisation of wrong or bad bacteria increases the risk of inflammation.
There are various types of probiotic strains in the market. Lactobacillus plantarum Lp299v has been one of the most extensively studied probiotic strains for the past 20 years.
This probiotic can be found naturally in human gastrointestinal mucosa as well as fermented foods such as pickles, sourdough and some cheeses.
It has been proven to reduce bloating, pain, flatulence, diarrhoea and IBS due to its ability to multiply and stimulate the growth of other beneficial bacteria, adhere to the intestine wall and strengthen it, displace disease- causing bacteria and facilitate the work of the intestine. Most importantly, it is safe for consumption.
Lactobacillus plantarum Lp299v may colonise and adhere to the intestinal mucosa for up to 11 days due to a specific mechanism adhesion.
This blocks the pathogenic bacteria from attaching to the intestinal mucosa, displacing and preventing them from growing.
Otherwise, these bacteria may inflame the intestinal area.
Besides that, Lactobacillus plantarum Lp299v stimulates the production of short- chain fatty acids in the gut to nourish the intestine, reduce flatulence and soften stools.
Without these fatty acids, there is a risk of thinning in the intestinal wall and bacteria leaking into the bloodstream.
Clinical studies have indicated that IBS is caused by bowel movement in the colon and the pains can be lessened by balancing the gut flora with Lactobacillus plantarum Lp299v.
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Imbalanced gut flora leads to gastrointestinal discomfort and weakens the immune system.