5.3.12 Aussies Neglect Their Gut Instincts

5.3.12 Aussies Neglect Their Gut Instincts

Stomachs across Australia are in knots and many consumers are ignoring a simple digestive solution according to a new survey that shows excessive gas, bloating, indigestion and a range of tummy troubles are plaguing the nation.

The Newspoll survey of more than 1200 Australians aged 18-64, commissioned by Australian health and wellbeing experts Wagner, revealed that 42% experience excessive gas at least once a month, if not more, with one in ten (11%) saying they suffer from it every day or most days.

The online poll showed 19% suffer from bloating at least once a week, 16% from indigestion and 13% stomach pain. Around a quarter (24%) of Aussies also said they experience constipation at least once a month and 22% listed diarrhoea as a monthly tummy troubler.

Integrative GP and Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Dr Robyn Cosford, said many Aussies regularly experience symptoms of poor digestion but don’t realise the majority are easily remedied.

“Around 70 per cent of the immune system is located in the gut, so having a correctly functioning digestive system plays a fundamental role in supporting your overall health and wellbeing,” said Dr. Cosford.

“Complaints such as bloating, gas and constipation are often traced back to poor diet, stress or antibiotics, all of which can lead to the depletion of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, essential for optimal digestion. Ensuring the balance of ‘good’ to ‘bad’ bacteria is correct is the key to good health and can be addressed at least partially through simple changes to diet and appropriate probiotic supplementation,” she said.

According to the Newspoll survey, while 14% of respondents said they had taken a probiotic supplement in the last week, almost half (46%) of Aussies have never tried one.

Emma Sutherland, a Sydney-based naturopath and health writer, said that while traces of probiotics are found in foods such cash payday loan online as yoghurt, milk, miso and some soy beverages, they are more effectively administered via dietary supplements.

“Probiotics are live microorganisms, often called ‘good’ bacteria, that are found naturally in healthy digestive systems. In the past, a major barrier to taking probiotics has been the need to keep them refrigerated to maintain their viability. However, fortunately this is no longer the case,” said Ms Sutherland.

New shelf-stable Probiotica P3 is an all-natural probiotic supplement that requires no refrigeration so it can be left out on the counter or put in a bag without affecting its efficacy.

Probiotica P3 contains a blend of three scientifically researched acid-resistant strains of good bacteria that are guaranteed to be alive on consumption and can help alleviate gas and bloating, reduce toxins and carcinogens formed in the gastrointestinal tract, prevent and treat Candida, and speed up recovery from diarrhoea or constipation.

Probiotica P3 is also recommended for people who are on, or have recently used, antibiotics which kill good bacteria in the gut along with unfriendly bacteria, as it helps repopulate the gut with the good bacteria.

“Probiotics have many important functions in our bodies. Not only do they improve digestion, they decrease the risk of allergies, asthma and food intolerances and can help reduce the severity of colds and flu. Everyone would benefit from taking a comprehensive probiotic on a daily basis,” said Ms Sutherland.

“In the United States, around 50 per cent of the probiotics market is shelf-stable but in Australia awareness is still low. The high incidence of digestive complaints combined with the convenience of products such as Probiotica P3, however, are sure to boost their popularity,” she said.

Probiotica P3 is available from all good health food stores and pharmacies in Australia and is free from preservatives, sugar, sodium, milk, yeast, gluten, artificial colours and flavours.

For more information, visit www.wagnerproducts.com.au