Health begins in the gut

Along with oxygen, food is vital to human life. It is up to our digestive system to extracts the nutrients we need from it, which is not always an easy job. In our gut, there is a constant battle between good and bad bacteria. 

If the bad bacteria begin to outnumber the good ones, it creates an imbalance in the digestive tract. This is known as dysbiosis and can cause problems like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and leaky gut. But the issues can go beyond the gut. New research indicates a strong connection between an unbalanced microbiota and for example diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. 

Immune system - the body’s first response team

In our modern world, we are now realizing the benefits of an all-round healthy lifestyle for our immune system. An important piece of the puzzle here is food and its digestion. Around 80 percent of our immune cells are situated in our gastrointestinal tract. And the food that we consume provides us with various substances that contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

Vitamin D can serve as an example. Natural sources of vitamin D include: fish, cod liver oil, egg yolk. It is also produced in our body from sunlight. Since vitamin D levels can require supplementation depending on the season and dietary patterns, regular intake of lactic acid bacteria supplements that also contain vitamin D such as those by BioGaia is an excellent way to help keep an adequate concentration of both natural microflora and vitamin D in our body.

What are Probiotics

“Probiotics” is a general term for live microorganisms that are beneficial for the body – some even call them “friendly” bacteria. Read on for more info on these little helpers.

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How does the immune system work?

Our immune system is one of the most complex systems in our body and is specialised in defence. It can be divided into two cooperating defence mechanisms, which are linked together in various ways.

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The role of Vitamin D

Unlike other vitamins, the body can produce vitamin D itself. For this reason, it doesn’t act like most vitamins in our bodies, but instead more like a hormone – a messenger substance that regulates essential physiological processes.

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