Digestive wellness is a big trend this year, which relates of course to our health, but also our beauty - our digestion has a direct link to how healthy our skin will appear.
People's desire to maintain a healthy weight and a trim figure is the biggest influence on the key trends in food and health.
Improving digestive health and avoiding a bloated stomach to maintain a good figure are key drivers to change diet and purchase products that support that.
Why do you need healthy bowels? Did you know...?
Our skin, appearance, energy and vitality is usually a reflection of our inner digestive and bowel health.
Many health conditions can be traced to intestinal problems.
Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in the gut as well as the bad bacteria.
One in three people regularly suffer digestive upsets like irregularity, bloating and wind.
Bowel Biotics+ is ideal to use while doing cleanses or simply as daily maintenance to keep the digestive system moving effectively, supporting elimination and relieving irregularity.
Lifestream BowelBiotics is 100% natural, containing only fibre, prebiotics and probiotics, without any synthetic ingredients, or flavours.
Perfect mixed with water or in a smoothie for daily digestive health.
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Question: What is BowelBiotics+?
Shelley Atkin: BowelBiotics+ is a psyllium based dietary supplement that supports our digestion. High in fibre it helps to keep digestion moving with regularity and minimising discomfort. It also has the beneficial bacteria known as probiotics, that our bowel needs to be balanced along with the supporting prebiotics. When we become bloated, constipated, or suffer discomfort, it's a sign that some support might be required to move things along and re-establish gut flora balance.
Question: How can we take BowelBiotics+?
Shelley Atkin: The powder simply mixes with water – 2 teaspoons in a tall glass of water. Or as I like to do, I add 2 teaspoons to my morning smoothie. The important this is to consume a big glass of water immediately which help the psyllium fibre to gel and work effectively in the bowel.
Question: Is this a product we should take daily, all year round?
Shelley Atkin: As a wholefoods product it can be taken daily, all year round. Without any pharmaceutical ingredients, BowelBiotics+ does not create dependency meaning it can be used daily or just as required. If suffering from chronic constipation it may be needed daily, but we would also recommend seeing a health professional.
Question: Can you explain the purpose of a supplement to aid in digestive health?
Shelley Atkin: Our digestive health is the foundation of our overall health and wellbeing. It must nourish us with nutrition, help us to grow and repair, protect us from bacteria and viruses, and handle everything we throw at it from food, to alcohol, to restrictive clothing and much more! We're all very different, some people have slow digestion, others too fast, and many of us have disrupted gut flora. This can lead to constipation, bloating, diarrhoea, irregularity, stomach discomfort, and wind. A supplement like BowelBiotics+ is about providing a natural support to this important process of breaking down food, absorbing nutrition, eliminating waste while enhancing immune function.
Question: How can we tell if our digestive health needs help?
Shelley Atkin: Digestive symptoms mentioned above, along with difficulty digesting foods, allergies, weightloss or weight gain, skin issues and fatigue may be signs that your digestion could need help. It is quite a resilient system but eventually signs will appear if it is unhappy.
Question: Are their certain symptoms that would indicate someone would need this product more than another?
Shelley Atkin: Constipation, bloating and wind would be the top signs that this special combination of psyllium, prebiotic and probiotic is needed
Question: How will this product aid in preventing bloating?
Shelley Atkin: Bloating occurs when food is slow moving and the non beneficial bacteria promote fermentation and gas. BowelBiotics+ helps improve the transit through the digestive tract and boosts the good bacteria so that the -bad' bacteria are outnumbered and less fermentation and gas occurs.
Question: Can you talk us through how digestive health relates to our skin?
Shelley Atkin: Our digestive system is the gate keeper for everything that enters our body. Often it needs to process and eliminate toxins and allergens that come from our food or drinks. If our digestion system isn't effective it can set up an inflammatory response whilst also allowing some of these particles into our bloodstream. This can then effect the condition and appearance of our skin, from allergies such as eczema and dermatitis, to acne or blotchy, pale or sallow skin. When you improve and support your digestion, one of the big changes that can occur is the condition of your skin.
Question: Can you please provide your tips for good health from the inside out?
Shelley Atkin: Drink lots of water and mainly water
Eat plenty of plant based food
Be mindful of what goes in, how it comes out, and listen to your body – it will tell you what you need to know
Learn about nutrition and seek out wholefood support from natural brands like Lifestream to boost what your body needs
Interview by Brooke Hunter