Healthista’s latest information video series covers natural highs – today, Nutrition Director Rick Hay explains why taking a probiotic is so important for gut health to boost energy
Over the past decade we have developed a vast understanding of what the body needs to function optimally. Nutrients, minerals and vitamins have a key role to play in the way we feel mentally and there are a number of supplements and superfoods that can act as natural highs to boost mood, energy, improve sleep and give us a sense of well being. One of those is a probiotic.
Rick Hay, Healthista’s Nutrition Director says: ‘If you’re feeling down or your energy feels zapped then it’s important to start with the microbiome – that’s the bacteria in your gut that affects the rest of the body – this is all about healthy gut function and healthy digestion.
‘Taking probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes can help your gut function and begin to absorb nutrients more efficiently.
‘Once the microbiome is working more optimally it can also help with neurotransmitter secretion and therefore boost our mood – neurotransmitters are the chemicals in the brain that govern our moods.
Rick recommends: PROVEN Adult Acidophilus & Bifdus 25 Billion, £13.95 for 30 capsules
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk