Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care has been chosen as the winner of the Best Probiotic in this year's Harper's Bazaar 'Beauty Best of the Best' awards.

Age, poor diet and stress can deplete our bodies of billions of good bacteria, which can lead to digestive upsets and bloating. Probiotics are the "friendly bacteria" inside our gut which digest and produce nutrients to help restore digestive balance1. But did you know that they can help with much more than simply keeping your gut happy?

5 Reasons Why Probiotics Could Be The Key to Feeling Good

1. Mood Boosting

Probiotics don't just make your tummy happy - they can make you happy too. We are learning more and more about the link between the gut and the brain, known as the 'gut-brain axis'. We now know that good bacteria in the gut are capable of producing and delivering substances such as our 'happy hormone' serotonin - in fact, the gut contains approximately 90% of the entire body's serotonin. Taking a probiotic regularly helps to maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria within the gut.

Are probiotics the key to feeling good?

Are probiotics the key to feeling good?

2. Uplifting Energy

Constantly feeling tired, is the bane of the modern world but probiotics could be the perfect pickme-up. Low energy levels often arise when you aren't getting the vital vitamins and nutrients from your food needed to keep you energised. A multi-strain probiotic sustains healthy levels of good bacteria, to help you absorb the goodness from the food you're eating. A healthy gut flora also assists with the production of extra B vitamins, essential for energy production in the body.

3. Keep and Maintain a Healthy Weight

According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition4, taking certain probiotics may actually help you lose weight (and keep it off too!) Additional research suggests that the gut flora in those that are overweight, in comparison to those that are of a healthy weight, is different, which explains why this might be the case.

4. Moderate the Effects of Alcohol

We know that too much booze isn't good for our liver but did you know that it can also affect your gut? Alcohol can promote increased permeability of the gut lining which affects the balance of 'good' and 'bad' bacteria. Probiotics can help protect from the negative effects of alcohol by replenishing the beneficial bacteria and promoting a healthy gut lining.

5. Strengthen the Immune System

The immune system within our gut accounts for 70- 80% of the body's immune cells and so optimizing our gut health is essential in maintaining a healthy immunity to infection6. Probiotics help protect against infections, resulting in fewer health problems.

To re-establish good bacteria, try Renew Life's Ultimate Flora Critical Care (RRP £36.99 - Vegetarian Society Approved) a unique one-a-day probiotic containing 50 billion live cultures from 10 different beneficial strains. Each capsule has an enteric water-based coating to ensure the live bacteria survive the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach and is delivered to the intestines. Ultimate Flora Critical Care is available at various health food stores including Whole Foods, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Nutri Centre and Revital.

For more information visit www.renewlife.co.uk


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