In your gut, you have a hundred trillion bacteria. 90 trillion of them are good bacteria and these are probiotics. If they’re already in your gut these are your indigenous probiotics and if you take it in the form of a supplement or yoghurt then these are probiotics you are getting it from outside. The ratio of 90 to 10 is very very important because as long as the good bacteria are 90% of the bad bacteria behave. So if you take antibiotics, they also kill good bacteria. That’s why we talk about C Diff which is an infection which is happening much more now because we are not giving probiotics along with antibiotics. So if there is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria, it is called dysbiosis. If the bad bacteria take over then you can have a lot of digestive problems and symptoms, in fact, we think irritable bowel syndrome one of the common causes is because there is dysbiosis.
You can have bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, cramping, symptoms like those and if it gets to an extreme then the bad bacteria can proliferate much quickly and cause you a lot of diarrhoea and then C Diff infection. Clostridium Difficile Infection of the gut. My feeling is, in a way every one of us is at risk of losing this imbalance. Stress can cause imbalance. The kind of food we eat nowadays can cause imbalance. Antibiotics can cause imbalance there is enough proof that as we get older this imbalance is occurring. That is why I make a strong case of every one of us needs to be on probiotics. I strongly believe that probiotics are the next vitamins. According to Dr Challa, probiotics go beyond just digestive issues.
We thought probiotics only controlled digestive health, but we know now that immune health is very important too. So if there is dysbiosis, if there is an imbalance first of all your digestive health may suffer and then your immunity will go down too so the chances of you getting infections, colds and all is much higher we also know that probiotics are good in pregnancy for example or when a newborn is born by vaginal delivery if not you are not exposed to the good bacteria it helps in women for example with the infections, yeast infections, urinary tract infections are decreased if you take probiotics. It helps longevity it helps well being and it is used in a lot of other conditions which I mentioned in “Probiotics for Dummies.”
In addition to supplements you can eat yoghurt, yoghurt is probably the best way you can take probiotics other than supplements. There are other drinks like Kefir Kimchi, Sauerkraut, there are ways to do it, the problem is we don’t eat enough of all this and that’s why I make a case for supplements in my book. “Probiotics for Dummies” is found anywhere books are sold. Amazon. We’ll continue with more on probiotics and where you can find some of the products Dr Challa discussed when we return. But we will discuss the best probiotics UK brand that you can buy confidently.
In this second part of our interview with Dr Shekher Challa, he tells us how the discovery of probiotics was made and then guides us through the probiotics website that offers a variety of health and daily living products. I believe probiotics are the next vitamins. They help you with digestive health, they help you with immune health and they’re helping you with a variety of other conditions like maintaining you’re weight, longevity well being, and I can go on and on but they are the next vitamins and what is interesting is, we in the U.K are 20 years behind the rest of the world in understanding probiotics. We are just beginning to understand probiotics for human use but there are probiotics for pet use. If you go to a grocery store and go to the probiotic supplement section, you will go crazy trying to figure out which one to take. So here are the things you’ll need to look for in the best probiotics UK brands supplement.
#1 It has to have at least 3 to 5 billion colony forming units (CFU‘s) Multiple different strains of bacteria in supplement is better, more is better so you have to have at least 5 strains in your supplement and more and more we are seeing the new generation in probiotics which have acid protection technology because these are live bacteria they have to bypass the stomach and a lot of times the stomach acid kills this bacteria. The new generation also includes a prebiotic. A prebiotic is a fibre which also serves as food or fuel to the bacteria, so when they’re sitting on the shelf they are feeding this bacteria when they get into your gut they not only feed the bacteria in the capsule but also the bacteria in your gut. The classic example is Probulin.
I myself take Probulin because it has 5 billion CFU’s 7 strains of bacteria, uses acid protection technology and also has a prebiotic. An easy way to get Probulin is to go to the online store, Their online store is like amazon for probiotics. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything probiotics. You can get probiotics for not only human use but animal use and indoor and outdoor living, even probiotics snacks, educational material like books, DVD’s etcetera under one roof. Let me take you through a tour of the probiotic store. We have probiotic products for human health, animal health indoor living, outdoor care, education and we also have products for general wellness. Let me go through a few of our products. We have a full skincare line of probiotics. Then we have mint probiotic. This is a mint which supports gum and tooth health and also whitens teeth. Here we see vitality supper greens which is one of our most popular products. It’s great as an afternoon pick me up. We also have an XXX product for vaginal health which deceases urinary tract infections and yeast infections in women. We do also have some unique products like this one we get it from Shasha Bread Company from Canada. These are probiotics snacks.
We have kissable probiotic Anti-plaque spray for pets. This spray helps replenish the good bacteria in your pet’s mouth and reduces, plaque and tartar. This is a multi-purpose cleaner which can be used indoor and outdoor and is safe for every type of surface. We also have a compost starter from SCD. The probiotics store includes all major manufacturers and distributors under one roof and we will continue to keep adding probiotics to the store. These products are all available on our online store and will help you with digestive issues, help your pets with problems, there are mints there, there are snacks there and you can learn much more about all these products and also how they benefit you in my book, “Probiotics for Dummies.”