Good gut health is integral to our wellbeing, with research showing that its health can affect the whole body, both physically and mentally. Past studies have identified links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and even cancer.
But what does good gut health mean? And how do we know if we should be taking better care of our own? Ultimately, improving our gut health comes down to the bacteria we find there.
What is a gut microbiome?
The term ‘gut microbiome’ refers specifically to the microorganisms living in your stomach and intestines. On average we have 100 trillion bacteria, and around 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in our digestive tract.
While some microorganisms are harmful, many are incredibly beneficial and necessary to the healthy functioning of our bodies.
What impacts gut health?
Many facets of modern life such as high stress levels and little sleep, consumption of highly processed foods and too much sugar, and even taking antibiotics and hormones, can all upset the natural balance of our gut microbiome.
An unbalanced gut microbiome can lead to issues from stomach disturbances and unintentional weight changes, to skin irritation and constant fatigue.
How to improve gut health
Whilst lowering your stress levels, ensuring you're getting your eight hours and adapting your diet to reduce the amount of processed, high-sugar and high-fat foods you’re consuming are all ways to reduce the chance of poor gut health, adding a probiotic to your diet is also a great way to improve the balance of good bacteria in your gut microbiome.
Free Soul Probiotics contain 50 billion CFU per capsule, and 16 strains of bacteria, which ensures you’re getting the maximum amount of good bacteria in your gut from each and every serving. Plus, unlike most other Probiotics out there, you’ll only need one capsule per day to feel the maximum benefits.