From Sun Damage to Stomach Bugs: 5 Reasons Why Probiotics Could Help You Have a Healthier Holiday!
Clever Probiotics for a Healthier Holiday
Do you realise how clever probiotics have become? A new generation of sophisticated, multi strain probiotics such as Renew Life Critical Care are fast becoming an effective way to boost immunity, guard against developing a stomach problem on holiday, and even help people recover from illness and make happy hormones. But not all probiotics are equal. If you are about to go on holiday, ditch the sugary probiotic drinks sold in the super market. The levels of good bacteria are so low, they are unlikely to survive transit in the highly acidic environment of the stomach. Effective probiotics are measured in billions of live cells.
Top nutritionist Kim Pearson discusses 5 ways a high strain probiotic can help you to stay healthy and happy on holiday. How fascinating that good bacteria can even help to manufacture more of the happy hormone, serotonin. Think of a good probiotic supplement as the ultimate in travel insurance and a way to turbo charge your health for the long haul.
Alison Jane – Editor Ethical Hedonist
1. Prevent holiday illness
Stay healthy on holiday by boosting your beneficial bacteria. The immune system within out 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 infection. Probiotics help protect against infections, resulting in fewer health problems.
2. Protect from sun damage
We all know that we should wear and regularly re apply a high factor SPF to protect from sun damage, but did you know that probiotics could help protect your skin from sun damage within? Studies have demonstrated that certain probiotics can help modulate the skin’s immune system and may be useful for helping to prevent UV-induced damage. However, you should always wear your sunscreen!
3. Moderate the effects of alcohol consumption
Many of us indulge in a little more alcohol than usual whilst on holiday. 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 and and changes to the microflora present in the gut. Probiotics can help protect from the negative effects of alcohol by replenishing beneficial bacteria and promoting a healthy gut lining.
4. Help beat the post holiday blues
We are all familiar with the post holiday blues, but optimizing your gut bacteria may help to boost your mood. 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 bacteria in the gut re 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.
5. Keep and maintain a healthy weight
We all know that holiday is a time where you sit back and relax and let yourself indulge in all the ‘naughty’ foods, yet according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, taking certain probiotics may actually help you lose weight (and keep it off too!). Additional research suggest that the gut flora in those who are overweight, in comparison to those who are of a healthy weight, is different, which explains why this might be the case.
To re-establish good bacteria and help achieve that healthy holiday feeling, 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 and 10 beneficial strains of probiotic. Each capsule has an enteric water-based coating to ensure the live bacteria survive the harsh, acid 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.
Some High Strain Probiotic Supplements Tried and Tested by the Ethical Hedonist Editorial Team
Renew Life Ultimate Flora, Critical Life £36.99 – www.renewlifecriticalcare
To re-establish good bacteria and help achieve that healthy holiday feeling, 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 and 10 beneficial strains of probiotic. Each capsule has an enteric water-based coating to ensure the live bacteria survive the harsh, acid 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 and Nutri Centre.
Editor’s Comment – I have tried many high quality probiotics, and I have now changed to these, after being very impressed. They have cleared up a unpleasant episode of IBS, following business travel.
Proven Probiotics – from £13.95 Adult Acidophilus & Bifidus – 25 Billion cells – www.provenprobiotics.co.uk
Biocare Acidolphalus – £31.40 Bio-Acidophilus Forte contains 30 billion viable cells of the unique LAB4 complex of probiotic cells per capsule. Suitable for those who wish to use a premium strength product. www.biocare.co.uk
Holiday Reportage Pictures By Elisabetta Landoni