Probiotics for Immunity in Athletes

Probiotics for Immunity in Athletes

Sports
With almost all supplements that athletes take, the goal is for them to directly translate towards them being some variation on bigger, leaner, stronger and/or faster. And while there is debate about whether probiotics can contribute to those aspects, there is emerging research that is relatively compelling that probiotics can help improve immunity. Improved immunity does not directly improve any of those characteristics. But if you are able to train more consistently, and also have less of your sessions impacted negatively by lingering illnesses, it is likely going to have a carry over into improved performance. Why Is This Relevant? Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) appear to be the most relevant area where probiotics help improve outcomes. Probiotics also have solid evidence when it comes to gastrointestinal concerns, but for…
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Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

Health
You have probably heard the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ thrown around but what actually are they and what is the difference between the two? What is the difference between the two? Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when taken in large doses they can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract, as well as helping to aid digestion. In order for the good bacteria to survive in our bowels, we need to feed them with prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that allow for good bacteria to stick to the bowel wall, whilst helping to stimulate their growth. Probiotic = live microorganismsPrebiotic = non-digestible fibres A simple way of thinking of it is the probiotics are the beneficial bacteria and prebiotics are the…
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Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics

GI Disorders, Health
Did you know that we have 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut?! While that may leave you feeling a little squeamish, don’t fear! These little guys are on our side, they play important roles in many metabolic, nutritional, physiological and immunological processes which keep us healthy. This includes acting as a barrier to prevent “bad” bacteria from invading and causing illness and producing nutrients that we can’t make ourselves (vitamin K, B12, folic acid, short-chain fatty acids). There is continual evidence which suggests incorporating prebiotics and probiotics into our diet is beneficial for keeping a healthy balance of “good” gut bacteria. So what are probiotics and prebiotics? Probiotics Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) found in certain foods, which when consumed in adequate amounts are beneficial to our…
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