Manila Bulletin



Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’s (DOST) Food and Nu­tri­tion Re­search In­sti­tute (FNRI), the eat­ing habits of Filipinos have taken a turn in the wrong direction, with obe­sity on the rise ev­ery year. If we are what we eat, then it only makes sense to keep our diges­tive sys­tem, or gut, in tip­top con­di­tion. Our gut is lined with bil­lions of bac­te­ria, not all of which are the harm­ful or “bad” kind. For good bac­te­ria to do its job, it needs to be fed like any other live or­gan­ism. Pro­bi­otics are micro­organ­isms that feed the healthy bac­te­ria in our gut and are re­spon­si­ble for help­ing to di­gest food. They pro­duce vi­ta­mins and pro­tect the body against the bad, dis­ease-caus­ing bac­te­ria. For best re­sults, doc­tors and nu­tri­tion­ists rec­om­mend reg­u­lar in­take of both pre­and pro­bi­otics. The good news is that there are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble “syn­bi­otic” sup­ple­ments avail­able lo­cally like Nu­tra­HealthyGut, a com­bi­na­tion of pre- and pro­bi­otics. It of­fers a unique sup­ple­men­tary al­ter­na­tive for those who do not eat food nat­u­rally rich in pre- and pro­bi­otic con­tent, or sim­ply pre­fer the con­ve­nience of tak­ing the rec­om­mended dosage in one cap­sule. Doc­tors and nu­tri­tion­ists rec­om­mend tak­ing one to two cap­sules 30 min­utes be­fore meals, or one to two cap­sules one hour af­ter meals. Nu­tra­HealthyGut is avail­able in se­lect Mer­cury Drug stores, se­lect Medis­count Phar­macy branches, and MedEx­press Drug­store out­lets in ma­jor hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide.

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