When it comes to supporting gut health, Supervising Pharmacist Laura Dowling believes there can be only one Choice and it’s got to be Udo’s.

Hippocrates once said ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. He was astonishingly ahead of his time considering that he died in 370 BC! Of course, it is well-known nowadays that the food that we eat (and the amount of it that we consume) can keep us healthy or make us ill. Many clinical trials and data gathered since the early 1900s attribute a healthy, balanced diet to general good health and wellbeing.

Our gut is the main gateway to this healthy life as everything that we put into our mouths goes through it. So, it makes sense that if we support our gut health we are supporting our general health. Our gut is the playing ground for thousands of bacterial strains. These strains play an essential role in many physiological functions of the body. A number of these roles are:

  • Defence against bad bacteria
  • Development of the immune system
  • Breakdown of nutrients
  • Synthesis of vitamins
  • Absorption of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron.

As we age, the bifido bacteria (of which there are many strains) in our gut is depleted and not replaced naturally. Therefore, all of those roles are not performed in an optimal way. This can lead to tiredness, fatigue and in some cases ill health. Antibiotic usage, especially over prolonged periods, or indeed several courses taken throughout the year, will also lead to a depletion of these bacteria.

In my pharmacy practice I often recommend Udo’s Choice Super 8 Gold (which has 80% bifido bacteria) or Udo’s Choice Advanced Adults Blend (which has 30% bifido bacteria), especially to older people who are generally feeling tired and lethargic. It is amazing how even a one-month course of these products can make them feel so much better. I will also always recommend these products if a person is taking a broadspectrum antibiotic. This is because the antibiotic will kill off the good bacteria in the gut as well as the bad bacteria that is causing the individual to be unwell.

Udo’s Choice microbiotics are fresh, live and active, and vegetarian-friendly. They should be stored in the fridge to keep the bacteria live, however short journeys out of the fridge are fine when travelling. If you’re travelling pop them into a cooler bag to ensure their freshness.

I’m sure if Hippocrates was alive today he would agree that Udo’s Choice is a fantastic and natural way to feed your gut and, in turn, feed your health!

Udo’s Choice Super 8 range is available from your local Horans Health Store.