Autumn is a reflective period and can be a good time to slow down and take stock of what’s important. With the leaves turning red and yellow, what better way to get back in touch with yourself, than with a bit of mindfulness? It takes many forms, from meditation, to yoga, to even going for a long walk or run, an important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with your body.
Mental and physical health are inextricably linked. When we take care of our body, through doing exercise, eating well and getting a good night’s sleep, our mental health can follow suit. Looking after your gut health is also part of this and there are a number of simple ways to go about it. Regular exercise and drinking lots of water lays the foundations for a healthy microbiome, which can be beneficial on a number of levels, not least in supporting a healthy digestive system.
Also known as ‘gut flora’, your microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms found in the intestine. These microorganisms help absorb nutrients from the food you eat and provide you with the energy you need for your day. In short, your gut microbiome has a huge impact on day to day health.
VSL#3 is one of the world’s most concentrated poly-biotic, delivering high levels of good bacteria across eight different strains to help maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Every versatile little sachet contains 450 billion bacteria and each of the different strains has been specifically selected and then freeze-dried, so that they will survive the harsh conditions of the stomach. This allows them to reach and colonise the gut, where they help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Easy and convenient to take, VSL#3 comes as individually portioned sachets which are easy to store and take with you. The granules can be sprinkled onto cold food or non-fizzy cold drinks without compromising taste. They can be taken at any time of day and you can take up to four per day. It’s a case of sprinkle it, shake it, slurp it or sip it!
This autumn, why not try adding VSL#3 to a nourishing smoothie?
Combine in a blender:
450g bag of frozen berries
450g pot fat-free strawberry yoghurt
25g porridge oats
2 tsb honey (optional)
Blend until smooth – this recipe serves 4, so add 4 x sachets of VSL#3 for best results and stir. Pour into four glasses and serve.