People have been eating fermented foods containing live ‘friendly’ bacteria such as sauerkraut, yoghurt, kimchi and many more types of cultured foods for centuries.

Our bodies are host to trillions of bacteria. These bacteria form a delicate and constantly changing balance as they compete with each other. Collectively, they are known as your gut microbiota. Each person has his or her own microbiome, just like a fingerprint, with hundreds of different bacterial strains. These strains include lactobacillae and bifidobacteria. Lactobacillae are located throughout the digestive tract and are especially abundant in the small intestine while Bifidobacteria are especially abundant in the large intestine.

As the human body is a living, breathing ecosystem, and just like a blossoming garden needs healthy soil, the digestive system needs a variety of bacteria. Microbiotics are the bacteria that live in the intestinal tract. Although the word bacteria is usually associated with germs and illness, bacteria are needed for the body to function normally. Age, lifestyle and environmental factors such as poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress, disease, the use of antibiotics in food production as well as in medical treatments, traveller’s bugs, alcohol consumption, high sugar intake, ageing, GMO’s and a number of other factors can alter the balance of bacteria in the gut.

Some of the best ways to keep those friendly bacteria performing optimally, is to ensure that we eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables, a high fibre diet, a diet rich in fermented foods, exercise, relaxation, good quality sleep and supplement with a high potency microbiotic, if required.

Another important factor to include is to ensure your choice of microbiotic has a gastric guard guarantee which ensures that the friendly bacteria survive the acidity of the stomach and get to the gut alive. Udo’s Choice Microbiotics have this guarantee, along with being sugar free and free from additives.

Find Udo’s Choice Microbiotics in the fridge of Health Stores & Pharmacies.