What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are often thought of as 'friendly bacteria' - but there's a bit more to it than that.
This section will explain more about how probiotics are defined and their desired characteristics.
A healthy gut reflects many aspects of gut function and physiology, and the gut barrier function is key to this. An impaired gut function can increase the risk of disease not just in the gut. This section explains the importance of gut health for the whole body.
The Intestinal Microbiota
Did you know there are ten times more microbial cells in the gut compared to human cells in the whole body. This section explains more about your 'friends in low places' and their influence on health.
The gut is the main entry point for foreign substances into the body, including potentially harmful microbes, which is why many forms of defence are located in the gut. This sections gives further detail about these protections.
History of Probiotics
The probiotic concept dates back to a theory proposed by a Nobel winning scientist in the early 20th century. And then Dr Shirota in Japan was one of the first scientists to put this theory into practice.
Relevance of Probiotics Today
This section explains how various aspects of modern lifestyles can negatively impact our intestinal microbiota.