Your digestive health doesn’t just affect your gut. This complex system influences everything from your cognition, to your immune system, to your weight.
Being so critical to overall wellbeing, many turn to prebiotics and probiotics in order to keep their microbiome as healthy as possible. If you’ve recently done so, here are some signs that you may be on the right track.
Your Mood Improves
By transmitting messages through the body’s nervous system, the gut has a remarkable ability to influence the way we think and feel.
An unbalanced microbiome may disrupt nervous system signalling, leading to symptoms of depression and anxiety.
On the other hand, a healthy gut promotes feelings of happiness by producing the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin. Some beneficial bacteria strains also help create the anxiety-reducing amino acid GABA, which has been shown to enhance mood and cognition.
It’s Easier to Manage Your Weight
There are a number of ways that a balanced gut microbiome impacts weight management.
For one, it allows you to get a full night’s sleep. As mentioned above, gut health is imperative to serotonin production and this hormone plays an important role in the sleep-wake cycle.
Secondly, it may minimise your cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods. When bacteria that feed on these substances are kept in check by diverse competition, they’re less able to manipulate food preferences via the gut-brian connection.
Lastly, it helps to regulate fat and vitamin absorption. This is thanks to the ability of good bacteria to reduce gut inflammation and permeability, as well as breakdown of polysaccharides, polyphenols and synthesis of vitamins.
You Experience Better Digestion
Perhaps the most obvious sign of a healthy gut is improved digestion. This can manifest as reduction in symptoms such as bloating, gas and stomach aches, along with regular bowel movements.
You Feel More Energised
Given that good bacteria is so crucial to breakdown of nutrients and vitamin creation, it’s little surprise that a healthy gut often equates to feelings of increased energy. In fact, scientific research has drawn a close correlation between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Those with CFS are more likely to have been diagnosed with IBS in the past.
Your Immunity is Regulated
It’s thought that poor digestive health leads to increased permeability of the gut lining, which in turn allows pathogens to more easily enter the bloodstream. This can trigger a response that exacerbates autoimmune conditions and inflammation.
Thankfully, a balanced microbiome helps limit permeability and reduce the impact of these conditions. It also encourages healthy immune function by optimising absorption of key immunity-supporting nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin C.
Support Your Gut Health With Biotica Water
With over 1 billion colony forming units of Bacillus subtilis probiotic, and prebiotic in the form of chicory root, Biotica Water allows you to nourish your gut and maintain the microbiome balance needed to live a long, healthy life.
The unique ingredients found in our Bio-Az formula work synergistically (which is why we call them ‘synbiotics’) to impart maximum benefit. The good bacteria found in each bottle pass through the harsh environment of the stomach unharmed, while the soluble fibre fuels them once they reach the gut.
All Biotica Water products are entirely plant-based, gluten free, allergen free, and sugar free. They’re available in four delicious, all-natural flavours, including Plain, Lemon Myrtle and Yuzu, Cucumber and Mint, and Pomegranate. Can’t decide? Try all four in our mixed pack!