Love your gut!

A few years ago, my husband, professional ultra-distance trail runner, Ryan Sandes and I, both contracted Giardia whilst hiking in the Fish River Canyon - a water-born parasite that infects the small intestine. Hundreds of people hike the canyon every year and the water in the Fish River is thought to be safe but authorities do recommend using water purification tablets. I have to admit that there were a few occasions that we were simply too thirsty to wait 15 to 30 minutes for water to purify.

Although there are natural remedies that kill parasites, these take a bit of time to kick in and we were both quite ill so we needed to nip it in the bud! Symptoms include bloating, nausea, abdominal pain and weight loss.

Our doctor prescribed an antibiotic called Flagyl (Metronidazole) to kill the parasites. The medication worked, despite the terrible side affects (which include awful headaches), but both Ryan and I were left with systems void of any healthy bacteria. The Flagyl simply destroyed EVERYTHING - both good bacteria, bad bacteria and parasites.

It took us years of taking pre- and probiotics to restore our guts and immune systems – these ranged from over the counter tablets, to “live” probiotic tablets that need to be kept in a fridge, to us growing our own Kefir at home. Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir "grains" (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter) and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains. It is prepared by inoculatingcow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains. In this day and age though, with life being so demanding and having so little time, I have to admit that growing the Kefir at home was such a schlep.

 

 

There are however so many probiotics on the market – it’s hard to tell which one’s really work! Entiro  is a superior probiotic that looks after your entire gut (No other probiotic looks after the entire gut). A rather unique property Entiro exhibits is the continuous production of powerful antimicrobial peptides that kill intestinal pathogens. This is achieved through pore formation in the pathogen, causing cellular contents to leak out, effectively killing it. Entiro was developed through award winning research and is manufactured in world-class facilities of leading probiotic manufacturers in Denmark. And we all know how well the Scandinavians do things!

 

 

Western medicine has its place but antibiotics are creating super-bugs, which are antibiotic-resistant. These antibiotics, as most of us know, destroy the good and bad bacteria in our bodies. Taking probiotics should not only be reserved for when we are on antibiotics! Ryan and I take them every day particularly because a good gut flora means a strong immune system!

People's immune systems across the world have become weakened by stress, bad diet and the destruction of good gut bacteria through modern medicine. Your intestinal tract is home to billions of bacteria (microflora), both good and bad. These microflora weigh around 1-2 kg, and outnumber human cells in your body 10:1! I bet you didn’t know that! Very few people take probiotics and they should be an essential daily part of our lives!

 

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