Did you know that your intestinal (GI) tract contains over 1000 species of bacteria? Humans carry around more cells of other organisms than human cells and many are in the colon.
These bacteria eat what you eat, and a surprising amount of the microbial digestion products make it into your blood stream and body. Different species of digestive tract microorganisms thrive on different foods. Thus when we alter our dietary intake of things like fibre, simple sugars, protein, fat, and many other nutrients, we are literally either feeding or starving different populations of gut bacteria!
Healthy Diet, Healthy Bowel, Healthy You
Thankfully, studies are revealing that the vast majority of microbial species that positively affect human health thrive on what are considered healthy diets for humans.[ii] On the other hand, the bacteria that produce metabolites harmful to human health thrive on unhealthy foods. Thus by changing what we are feeding them, we can feed the good bacteria and starve out the bad, or we can do just the opposite. And this will either boost the health-promoting byproducts of microbial activity in our digestive tract or increase the toxic metabolites of ‘bad’ bacteria.
Unfortunately, the diets of most people leave something to be desired. For a variety of reasons, many people have a sub-optimal balance of good and bad bacteria in their digestive tract. The medical community has long suspected that something microbial was involved in gastrointestinal health problems. For many years, doctors have used faecal transplants in cases of difficult gastrointestinal problems in order to transfer the benefits of a healthy bowel to a diseased one. But only recently has research begun to reveal the full impact of gut microorganisms on human health. For instance, studies have shown a shocking correlation between gastrointestinal problems and serious mental illness. Researchers at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, observed that 90% of the patients who repeatedly sought treatment for digestive tract symptoms had at least one current psychiatric diagnosis – 48% had at least two. The billions of little molecules released into your bloodstream by the bacteria in your own body (digesting whatever you give them) can have a significant impact on almost every aspect of your metabolism and your health.
So, eat your vegetables and maybe replace a few sweets with some probiotic yogurt! It’s not only good for you, but it is good for the populations of bacteria that you want to thrive in your gut – the good ones.[v] But even your best efforts at lifestyle change can use a boost, especially if you have reached the point where you have health problems that need correcting. It takes a lot of time and effort to change the entire bowel ecosystem. Thankfully, there are ways to speed up the process.
One way to influence the populations of bacteria in your gut is to alter what you eat – what you feed them. Products using this approach are called “prebiotics.” Prebiotics are an increasing focus in the food and supplement worlds. A second way to change your gut ‘microflora’ is to insert some more of the bacteria you want and help out-compete the bad guys for resources and living space in your colon. Products that do this are called “probiotics” and they are also increasingly popular.
Science Helps Us Make Better Choices
At Hardy Nutritionals® we have carefully chosen a blend of both healthy probiotic bacteria and the prebiotics they need to feed on to thrive, in order to bring you a powerful tool that you can trust to help you regain and maintain a healthy bowel. Since some of our customers prefer to mix this goodness into their smoothies and food rather than take a capsule, we are proud to announce that we will soon be offering our Greens & Probiotics in a powder form! To celebrate this event, we want to walk you through some of the ingredients and review what they can do for your gastrointestinal health, and therefore your overall health!
Hardy Nutritionals® Greens & Probiotics is a rich blend of green Superfoods that combines beneficial bacteria, botanicals, algae, and enzymes designed to maintain and promote a healthy digestive system, stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial microorganisms, and promote digestion and GI motility. Greens & Probiotics can be used alone or in conjunction with Hardy Nutritionals® Olive Leaf Extract.
Alfalfa leaves, apple fiber, soy lecithin, apple pectin, barley grass, spirulina, wheat grass, chlorella, acerola berries, carrot, bee pollen, fennel seed, green tea extract, lacto-bifidus plus, licorice extract, peppermint leaves, royal jelly, spinach, amylase 5000, bromelian 600 GDU/g, papain 6000 USP/g, milk thistle seed extract, broccoli, ginkgo leaf extract, ginger root, grape seed extract.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.