Digestive health


The health of your digestive system relies on maintaining the right balance of beneficial bacteria

Around 1.5 to 2 kg of your body weight is made up of 100 trillion or so micro organisms. They play a vital role in keeping your body healthy, breaking down food and extracting nutrients and energy.

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How a healthy digestive system works


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mouth

How Good Digestive Health Works - Mouth

When you chew food in your mouth, the digestion process begins as saliva enzymes begin breaking down your food.

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oesophagus

How Good Digestive Health Works - Oesophagus

When you swallow after chewing, the food passes into your oeophagus, which transports it to your stomach.

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stomach

How Good Digestive Health Works - Stomach

When your food reaches the stomach, digestive enzymes and gastric acid go to work, breaking it down even more.

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small intestine

How Good Digestive Health Works - Small Intestine

Your pancreas, liver and gallbladder also produce digestive juices. These get to work in your small intestine. The lining of your small intestine begins to absorb nutrients from the broken down food, passing them into the bloodstream.

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colon

How Good Digestive Health Works - Colon

In your colon a whole network of beneficial bacteria and other micro organisms exists, called your gut flora or microbiome. They start digesting the food that wasn’t previously broken down by your body’s other systems. A lot of energy and nutrients are extracted by healthy gut flora.

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large intestine

How Good Digestive Health Works - Large Intestine

The bacteria continue breaking down undigested food, even after it enters the large intestine. Then the body excretes anything that’s left over.

About digestive discomfort


Digestive discomfort is a catch-all term for many symptoms that result from a distressed system. The good news is that probiotics can provide real health benefits that help with many digestive problems.

discomfort and bowel trouble

Digestive discomfort comes in many different forms. The most common symptoms are feeling bloated or heavy, flatulence or constipation. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is also quite common.

About half the world’s population suffers with digestive discomfort at one time or another. Almost half of people affected don’t know that it’s not normal, so they don’t try to do anything about it.

Quite simply, everyday digestive discomfort comes about as a result of an imbalance in the beneficial bacteria and the bad bacteria in your system. Maintaining a good bacterial balance in your gut is key to good digestive health and your general wellness, too.

Imbalances in your gut bacteria can be caused by stress, eating lots of spicy or fatty food, overeating and not drinking enough.

Probiotics Can Help With Many Digestive Problems

tips for better digestion

Adding a teaspoon of Entralive probiotic to a glass of water, juice or a  smoothie once a day will keep your good bacteria topped up and benefit your digestive health. Also, you might like to try the following general advice…

Chew your food well and don’t eat too fast.

Drink at least 2 litres of water per day.

Try to avoid greasy, fried food.

Cut down on caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Try and get your five a day of fruit and veg.

Add more fibre into your diet.

Choose lean meat at the supermarket.

Exercise regularly.

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    Beneficial Bacteria Help Keep Your Body Healthy