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Why gut bacteria matters

Why gut bacteria matters
03 July 2022
2-minute read

It may come as a surprise to you, but your body is actually made up of trillions of bacteria. Most of this bacteria is found in your gut along with trillions of viruses, fungi and other microbes. Collectively, this microbial organ is called your gut microbiome. Below, we explain why your gut bacteria matters and how Sons’ Gut Health Supplement can help you. 

Understanding the gut microbiome 

Your body is covered in microbes including on your skin, in your lungs, in your mouth. Most of your bodily microbes, however,  are located in your large intestine. Collectively, all of these microbes in your intestines are referred to as your gut microbiome. There are countless bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other living microbes within the microbiome that contribute to your health and wellbeing. 

In fact, studies show that there are approximately 40 trillion bacterial cells in the human body, which is 10 trillion more than the recorded number of human cells. There are as many as 1,000 species of bacteria in the gut microbiome alone, the majority of which play an integral function in your overall health. 

Your gut microbiome enables you to digest fibre, controls your immune system, protects you from diseases and infections, and may even influence cognitive function. Therefore, your gut microbiome must be healthy and capable of performing its various functions on a day to day basis. 

How to ensure your gut microbiome is healthy 

An unhealthy gut microbiome is associated with a range of health complications, including weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome and even stress or anxiety. But thankfully, there are a number of simple things you can do to improve the health of your gut microbiome and the bacteria within, including: 

Improve your diet 

Diet is perhaps the single biggest contributor to the balance of the gut microbiome. Eat a variety of whole foods that are rich in nutrients and limit your consumption of processed and refined foods where possible. Fermented foods such as yoghurt and sauerkraut all contain a healthy bacteria known as Lactobacilli, which contributes to the performance of your microbiome. 

Limit your use of antibiotics 

Antibiotics play a crucial part in fighting off infections when medically prescribed. However, antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria within the gut microbiome, so you should limit their use to times when they have been prescribed for a specific health condition. Even so, it’s always essential to consult with your doctor beforehand.

Reduce your stress levels 

Chronic stress can have a profound impact on the health of your gut microbiome as a result of the gut-brain axis. Wherever possible, try and make changes to your lifestyle to reduce your stress levels. You could even incorporate meditation and regular exercise into your daily practice, as these are two of the most effective ways of combatting and managing stress levels in the long term. 

Take a supplement 

At Sons, our Gut Health Supplement - LP299V is a clinically-proven live bacterial supplement that can improve the general health of the gut microbiome. When taken consistently, men often see an improvement in their IBS symptoms and a general improvement in their overall wellbeing. Consider signing up for one of our monthly plans today, or read up on the science behind our clinically-proven supplement.  

All of our blog articles are reviewed by our Medical Director before publication.