Probiotics have been hailed as the future of health.
Huge breakthroughs in our understanding of how our guts influence health throughout the body, from digestion to our moods and even our defenses against chronic disease.
So there’s a lot of excitement that improving people’s gut health can resolve all manner of health issues that have rocketed in recent decades.
In fact, they may be so effective that they have Big Pharma worried. It’s rumoured they’re trying to get probiotics pulled from shelves and sold as prescription drugs.
Now, I was as excited as anyone when I started reading about the health benefits of probiotics for rebalancing the gut bacteria and triggering a wealth of health benefits.
So you can only imagine my dismay when I dug a little deeper and discovered the current generation of probiotics may not be as effective as claimed.
Many gut health experts have been skeptical that they stay in the gut long enough to release their stored strains. Instead, most of them pass straight through into the toilet bowl.
And, sadly, this was the finding by a team of scientists from Israel.
The good news is you dont have to rely on a cold pressed pill to get a daily dose of probiotics. You can get them from fermented foods instead. Popular probiotics include keffir (a type of yogurt), sauerkrauct (purple colored cabbage), and kimchi (south korean dish).
I’ll admit, fermented foods can be an acquired taste. And they’re not the cheapest. But then neither are highly priced probiotic supplements. And at least with fermented foods, you know they work.
My name’s Gareth Churchill. I launched this website to help more people gain vital information on looking after their health as they get older.
While I may not be a doctor, qualified nutritionist, or medical expert, I do spend a lot of time researching and investigating pressing health issues. As sadly, this information isn’t always easy to get.
As a 63 year old who’s recently retired from my role as a housing officer at the local council, I understand only too well how important it is to look after our health is as we get older. Now both myself and my wife, Helen, are entering our golden years we want to ensure we’re doing all the right things to keep our brains and bodies health so we can enjoy a full, active retirement.
But after reading some troubling books, including Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, I realized that we’re battling against a system that seems too focused on prescriptions and profits rather than feeding the body what it needs to be fit and healthy.
I’ve since set myself the mission of cutting through all the false information, flawed science, and flat out lies to discover the truth on how many health issues can be better resolved the natural way.