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January 14, 2020

The Importance of Gut Health

The Importance of Gut Health

Experts at VSL#3 tell Celebrity Angels about the importance of looking after our gut health

About the Gut Microbiome 

A diverse ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts live inside your gut. This is called the microbiome, or gut flora. These trillions of micro-organisms help absorb nutrients from the food you eat and provide the energy you need each day. The gut microbiome contains more bacteria than anywhere else in the body and is thought to play a crucial role in maintaining your health and wellbeing. Not only does the gut flora protect you from infection, but research has shown that the composition of the gut microbiome is altered in many diseases. This includes a reduction in the diversity of your gut flora. 

Good gut health is important for your general wellbeing and can also have a profound effect on your health, the extent of which is still being explored by researchers. We already know that a healthy digestive system is associated with a higher quality of sleep, a stronger immune system, clearer skin, and better mood. 

Lifestyle and Wellbeing 

Keeping a healthy lifestyle can have a positive effect on your gut. What you eat can alter the composition of your gut microbiome, so eating a healthy balanced diet can be hugely beneficial to your gut. Try eating lots of fibre-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables, and foods rich in friendly bacteria such as yogurt and kefir.

The easiest way to maintain good gut health is to make a healthy lifestyle part of your routine. Try starting your day with a gut-friendly breakfast,

Another factor that can greatly influence gut health is exercise. Scientific research has shown that regular exercise can increase the diversity of your gut microbiome, which can positively affect your health. If you struggle to fit in enough exercise with your busy lifestyle, try these easy changes to incorporate exercise into your routine:

  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Getting off the train or bus one stop earlier
  • Using a pedometer or a health monitor app on your mobile device to track the number of steps you take each day
  • Join a team sport or regular fitness class that you enjoy 

If you are looking for something a bit more challenging, try:

  • Cycling to work or to the station
  • Joining a gym with a friend/colleague for added motivation
  • Going running, swimming or even a brisk walk to elevate the heart rate

About VSL#3 

VSL#3 has been purposely formulated with you and your gut in mind. This is why every sachet contains 450 billion bacteria from a combination of eight different bacterial strains, making it an extremely high concentration poly-biotic. The bacteria in VSL#3 help support your gut microbiome to help keep your digestive system healthy. The beneficial bacteria in VSL#3 are freeze-dried to survive the harsh conditions of your stomach and reach your gut. Here they colonise and support your gut flora to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

VSL#3 comes as convenient on-the-go sachets which are delivered straight to your door, so you’re never without that poly-biotic gut health goodness. VSL#3 has no overpowering or sharp flavour, so you can mix and match VSL#3 with any cold food or non-fizzy drink for great taste every time.

Try starting your day with a gut-friendly breakfast, 

We recommend: adding a sachet of VSL#3 to a bowl of fat-free Greek style yoghurt topped with berries, banana, toasted oats or sugar-free granola and a generous squeeze of honey. 

This wholesome combination gives your gut a healthy dose of poly-biotic goodness, mixed with antioxidants, fibre, and slow-releasing energy to help keep you going all morning. 

Find more about VSL#3: www.vsl3.co.uk 

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