Digestive Health

The digestive system is made up of:

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract —also called the digestive tract, the GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from themouth to the anus. It comprises of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.
Liver
Gallblader
Pancreas

The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the organs of the digestive system, which helps the body digest food.
Why is digestion important?
• Digestion is essential to break down the food and liquids we consume daily into nutrients, before our blood absorbs and carries them to cells throughout the body.

• Carbohydrates, protein, fats, and vitamins are the nutrients we need to stay healthy!
Apart from digestion, our digestive system also affects our immunity.
The immune system consists of a complex network of organs, cells and proteins.
Our gut walls contain 70 to 80% of cells that make up our immune system, which means that many seemingly unrelated diseases might be caused by gut problems.
It also depends on cells to kill invading organisms, harmful bacteria and viruses.
Innate immune responses do not require exposure to a pathogen to trigger them.
The digestive system depends on many innate immune responses, such as the lysozyme you secrete in saliva, and acid in the stomach.
The digestive tract helps the immune system to protect the rest of the body by preventing exposure to pathogens.
Acquired immunity requires you to be exposed to a pathogen.
Once you have been exposed, your cells recognise that pathogen as an invader and can fight it off.
Antibodies are a major component of acquired immune responses as your body builds these antibodies to the pathogens you have been exposed to.
Bloating

Gas

Heartburn

Cramps

Constipation

Diarrhoea

A cup of hot lemon water is soothing and helps stimulate the digestive tract.
Ginger aids digestion and helps ease throat and nose congestion.
Doing light to moderate exercises daily helps normalise your digestive system and improve efficiency of the digestive process.
Fibre improves your digestive health by moving things along the digestive tract.
Probiotics
Consuming probiotics with several different strains of healthy bacteria aids proper digestion, and can reduce uncomfortable symptoms.

Probiotics are "good bacteria" that support a healthy digestive system
by keeping growth of harmful bacteria at bay.

To protect against pathogens, probiotics produce natural antibiotics, which are designed to reduce pathogenic bacteria and kill invading pathogens.

A study on milk containing B. Longum (a strain of probiotics) found that when lactose intolerant individuals consumed this special milk, they showed significantly fewer symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Oral probiotics and douching supplementation can prevent and cure vaginitis as well as vaginosis.

Probiotics have also been proven to reduce mastitis.

Numerous probiotics have been proven to fight viruses such as colds, flu, rotavirus, herpes and ulcers.

Infants who were fed probiotics have lower frequency of colic and needed fewer antibiotics than infants who were not fed probiotics.

Due to the busy lives we lead, it is not an easy task to prepare and consume these foods daily. Moreover, our bodies may not be able to fully absorb the optimal amount of probiotics available in our daily diet. A convenient way to ensure that we are maintaining a healthy level of probiotics in our digestive system is to consume probiotics supplements.

When you choose a GNC Ultra Probiotic Complex, you are choosing a scientifically validated approach to support your digestive health.

Daily maintenance to enhance everyday digestive balance.
Reduces symptoms such as bloating and digestive discomfort, and supporting a healthy immune system.
Designed to replenish beneficial bacteria important for optimal digestion.

Made with cranberry extract to discourage growth of bad bacteria in the bladder and urinary tract.
Supports women’s urinary and vaginal health.

Provides extra support for mild to moderate digestive issues.
Reduces symptoms such as bloating and digestive discomfort to achieve a regular and healthy immune system.
Restores beneficial bacteria that may be depleted due to mild digestive issue.

Optimal strength for maximum digestive comfort.
Reduces symptoms and supports a healthy immune system.
Designed to restore beneficial bacteria that may be depleted due to illness or antibiotic use.

Highest potency with 8 clinically proven strain with 100 billion active cultures.
Contains Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a non-digestible carbohydrate that is food for the friendly bacteria in the intestines to promote friendly bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.
Contains ginger root to provide support for healthy bacterial growth, and to reduce bloating.
1) Probiotics in Our Body
    Outweigh our Brain

A human heart weighs 0.7 pounds, while a human brain weighs 3 pounds. A healthy human body has over 3.5 pounds of probiotic bacteria and organisms. That makes our probiotic bacteria one of the largest organs in our body!

2) There are 10 Times More
     Probiotics Than Cells in Our      Body

A healthy person has over 300 trillion probiotic bacteria and yeast, as compared to only 10 trillion cells in our body. If the bacteria in our body were laid end to end, they would encircle the globe 2.5 times.

3) Probiotics Live Throughout
    our Entire Body (Not Just
    our Stomach!)

The largest number of probiotics lives in the colon, but billions also live in the mouth, oral cavity, nasal cavity, oesophagus, in the pockets of our pleural cavity or lungs, and the list goes on.

4) Antibiotics Nuke our Body’s
     Immune System

Antibiotics kill both good and harmful bacteria. Since probiotics comprise 70-80% of our immune response, antibiotics can damage our immunity. A lack of probiotics in our body may trigger opportunistic parasites and pathogenic bacteria to fill the ecological void. This use of antibiotics will create drug resistant bacteria that cannot be defeated by antibiotics.

5) Probiotics in yogurt and
     cultured milk

While yogurt and cultured milk are popular choices of probiotic-rich foods, most of them contain high amounts of sugars and syrups. In fact, some yogurt drinks have higher sugar content than a can of cola! For a healthier option, try yogurt made with natural ingredients instead.

6) 400 Strains Of Probiotics Live In
     Our Bodies

There are over 400 probiotic strains living in our bodies; some are permanent, while others are transient. Surprisingly, only 20 strains account for 75% of the bacteria that live in our bodies!