When it comes to optimum gut health, gastrointestinal (GI) motility is a very important process to consider. If you’re wondering what this is exactly, it’s the movement of food throughout the digestive tract, starting from the mouth and going all the way through to the gut for nutrient absorption, and ending with the bowel.
As one of the body’s most important pathways for elimination, effective bowel function is absolutely critical to get rid of toxins and waste that the body needs to expel. While it’s no secret that bowel regularity is a sign of a healthy gut, what you may not know is exactly how to create the perfect conditions within the gut to allow this to happen, particularly for those that need to follow low FODMAP diets.
Studies have shown that probiotics can be beneficial for promoting bowel regularity, and in turn helps to prevent constipation and bloating. That’s why we created Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic to completely support digestive health, and in particular support bowel regularity. It’s one of the first of its kind in Australia to also feature a prebiotic that is uniquely low FODMAP.
The microbiome and bowel regularity
The microbiome is the body’s community of microbes that mostly resides within the gut, and the more strains of good bacteria within it, the more robust the microbiome. That’s where probiotics come in: it’s important to feed the gut with the right probiotic strains so that the beneficial microbes outweigh the bad. When this right balance has been achieved, the gut and bowel can function just as they should.
Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic contains three strains of probiotics. This includes of two strains of Lactobacillus: rhamnosus and gasseri, which are a group of probiotics that produce lactic acid that can improve digestive health by maintaining the lining of the stomach, as well as reduce constipation.
The third strain is Bacillus Coagulans: a unique strain that not only produces lactic acid as well, but can also withstand the effects of stomach acid so that it actually reaches the gut. Studies have shown that this strain in particular can promote healthy bowel movements to avoid constipation.
The potency of a probiotic can be measured in CFU, which stands for colony forming units. It’s recommended for probiotics to offer anywhere from 1 to 10 billion CFU to be effective. Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic provides 7.5 billion CFU per serve, and as it’s recommended to take twice a day, offers up to 15 billion CFU each day.
While taking probiotics is a great start to restoring balance within the microbiome, to really foster these strains it’s important to also take prebiotics. Prebiotics help to feed and foster the growth of healthy bacteria, and they create an environment where the probiotics consumed can thrive.
If you were to imagine that the microbiome was a garden, the probiotics would be the plants and the prebiotics would be the fertiliser, creating a rich environment for the probiotics to healthily grow.
While it sounds so simple to ensure prebiotics are consumed alongside probiotics, where the issue can sometimes occur is that many prebiotic foods are very high in FODMAP’s: types of sugars that can ferment within the body and which some people with gastrointestinal sensitivities may be looking to limit. Specifically, many prebiotics are types of oligosaccharides, which is what the ‘O’ in FODMAP stands for.
Luckily, the prebiotics in Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic are derived from green and gold kiwifruit, ensuring the blend is low FODMAP and therefore one of the best choices to get your daily dose of probiotics with none of the potential bloating or discomfort that other blends can cause. The prebiotics this blend contains will promote bowel regularity in the most gentle way.
The delicious taste of kiwi
While there are so many benefits to taking Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic daily, we can assure you that you’ll just love it for its amazing taste. The delicious kiwi flavour with just a hint of lemon and lime, is refreshing and subtly sweet, all without being overpowering at all.
Here at The Healthy Chef, we’ve always believed that healthy food and supplements should be great tasting so that it’s easy to make them a part of your everyday life and healthy habits. Our Probiotic + Prebiotic is no exception, and by mixing the powder into water twice a day as directed, it will also become a great way to naturally increase your water intake.
The added extras
The benefits don’t just stop with your daily dose of probiotics and prebiotics alongside a great tasting formula – we’ve also added some additional extras to support your gut health. We’ve added two amino acids: L-glutamine to support the gut lining and L-taurine to regulate harmful bacteria within the microbiome. We’ve also added a low level of magnesium citrate, which has a gently cleansing effect on the gut that helps to prevent constipation.
You can shop Healthy Chef Probiotic + Prebiotic here.