What are Synbiotics and what do they do?
Synbiotics are a mixture of probiotics and prebiotics which when combined have a synergistic beneficial effect on the gut microbiome.
Probiotics are beneficial strains of live bacteria that the gut needs for optimal health and prebiotics are the plant fibres that the probiotics (bacteria) need to survive and thrive.
By taking them together in Synbiotic form you are essentially repopulating your gut with good bacteria while providing that bacteria with the nutrients it needs to work properly.
Studies have shown that taking a Synbiotic can be an effective treatment for IBS and other digestive issues. A Synbiotic can also be beneficial for people who have been on antibiotics, which unfortunately wipe out a significant number of friendly bacteria while trying to eliminate the pathogenic stains that cause illness.
How long should you take them for?
Everybody is different and some people may find that they feel a beneficial effect within the first few weeks, however, it’s been recommended by the British Society of Gastroenterology that optimal results will most likely be achieved after 12 weeks of use.
After the course of 12 weeks…
Most people should find that their gut health is in a more balanced state, at which point they could discontinue the use of a Synbiotic and instead focus on maintaining a happy gut through diet, lifestyle and supplementing prebiotics on their own.
However this may not be the case for everybody and some people with severe digestive issues may find it beneficial to take a Synbiotic on an ongoing basis or every few months as a ‘reboot’ precaution.
What to look for in a Synbiotic
There must be a viable number of bacteria in each dose of Synbiotic, the bacteria is measured in colony-forming units or CFUs.
Our Synbiotic contains 50 billion live bacteria (CFU’s), this is a high dose appropriate for significantly impacting a troubled gut, as opposed to simply offering light support (where 10-20 CFU might suffice).
Species and strains of Probiotics
Probiotics are named by their genus, species, and strain, kind of like a first, middle and second name. It’s good to aim for a varied combination.
The most commonly used species are Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus.
Bifidobacteria help support the immune system, limit growth of pathogenic bacteria and break down lactose into nutrients the body needs.
Lactobacillus helps limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and produces lactic acid which serves as fuel for muscles and increases the absorption of minerals.
Our Synbiotic contains Bifidobacteria Lactobacillus and streptococcus. Streptococcus is good for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and supporting the immune system.
Most Synbiotics contain around 5-6 different strains but we like to double the chances of benefits, that’s why ours contains 10. The more the merrier.
The other half of the Synbiotic is the prebiotic, this is the ‘food’ for the probiotic live bacteria.
Our Synbiotic contains FOS, XOS and inulin all of which have been shown to positively impact the good bacteria in the gut.
And now you’re up to date with Synbiotics!
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Can you take the Synbiotic and Aguulp for Gut together?
Both Aguulp for Gut and our new daily Synbiotic have ingredients that work towards maintaining a healthy gut.
Aguulp for Gut contains prebiotics, vitamins, amino acids, marine collagen and minerals which help feed your good gut bacteria and support a happy gut. It’s designed to be taken daily.
Meanwhile our Synbiotic contains 50 billion probiotic live bacteria and 3 types of prebiotics. This is more of a jump-start for your gut, reintroducing live bacteria with the aim of repopulating the gut microbiome within 3 months.
They have different ingredients which can be beneficial being used together as part of the same supplementation routine and can be taken alongside each other and even mixed together as a drink just before consumption.
This being said you don’t necessarily need to take both, it depends on your personal gut health and what kind of intervention it needs. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to us on live chat, we’re always happy to help!