Recently, Bill Gates (Founder of Windows) stated that probiotics (live cultures) could help end malnutrition over the next 20 years. (1) He stated that malnutrition is the “greatest health inequity in the world”, as it accounts for half of all childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, severe acute malnutrition is the world-leading cause of death in children under-five around the world. (2)

However, how do you tell that you have bad gut health if it’s not something that you can see? The gut is a vital part of the interior of your body, so it’s important to look out for the signs and realise that you, in fact, may be at risk of having poor gut health.

Malnutrition is a serious condition that occurs when a person’s diet doesn’t contain the right amount of nutrients. This can be caused by a lack of nutritious foods, a poor diet, or an internal problem that causes the body to not be able to absorb the nutrients. (3) It can cause the wasting away of the body and stunting of growth, which Bill Gates states can be combatted with a “deeper understanding” of the human microbiome. (1)

The microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses) that live on and inside the human body. The bacteria in the microbiome aids digestion of food helps to regulate our immune system, produces a wide range of vitamins for the body, and protects us against bad bacterias that can cause disease. (4)

Currently, studies into the human microbiome are in its early stages. However, the number of studies around it is increasing rapidly. In 2018, 2,400 clinical trials were testing therapies based on microbiome science, compared to just a year previous, which stood at 1,600. (5)

Gates stated “All of us rely on our body’s microbiome to function properly. We have more microbial cells living inside our bodies than human cells. These bacteria protect us from infection and are particularly essential to digestions.” (1)

You may be thinking “What does this have to do with Live cultures?”. Whilst the microbiome is all around the body, it’s the gut microbiome that is being predominantly researched. (5) Live cultures are live microorganisms that supplement the microbiota in your gut. (6) When administered in adequate amounts, the host (you) gets a health benefit. This health benefit is caused by an increase in good bacteria in your gut.

Live cultures are proven to increase the good bacteria in your gut, which aids the body in having and keeping the nutrients it needs to avoid problems. Increasing your intake of live good bacteria through foods and supplements has been linked with improving a number of things, which can include improved digestion, relief from IBS symptoms, weight loss, improved immunity, and mental health.

Studies into live cultures and the microbiome are going in the right direction, and in 20 years’ time, we may see live cultures being used as a range of different treatments, not just malnutrition. Currently, it’s clear to see the health benefits linked with live cultures, however, with the research in its early stages, and everybody’s microbiome is different, it’d imperative that we continue researching into this area of study.

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