Work to­wards a healthy gut

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

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.

This ar­ti­cle is con­trib­uted by BiO- LiFE Mar­ket­ing Sdn Bhd.

For en­quiries, call BiO- LiFE Cus­tomer Care ( Mon­day to Fri­day, 8am to 5pm) at 03- 7882 8888.

Im­bal­anced gut flora leads to gas­troin­testi­nal dis­com­fort and weak­ens the im­mune sys­tem.

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