The Vitamin Shop offers a fantastic range of probiotics with various strains of bacteria. Our range includes shelf stable and refrigerated probiotics, prefect for those who may be travelling. We also have probiotics suitable for all ages, including children. Our intestines are home to a host of bacteria, known as microflora and microbiota. This flora is made up of both good and bad bacteria, the balance of this is important for great digestive health, assimilation of nutrients and for general wellbeing. This flora is otherwise known as probiotics. Antibiotics and other medications, stress, diets including large quantities of sugar and carbohydrates can throw out this balance. This is where probiotics can help; probiotics work to support the health of the gastrointestinal tract, maintain healthy digestive function, and can even help to relieve symptoms such as bloating, flatulence and abdominal discomfort. Probiotics are also useful in regulating bowel movements, improving bowel transit time, and can help to restore the balance of bacteria after antibiotic use. As our immune system function begins in the gut, probiotics may also improve immune function, reduce the incidence of upper respiratory infections and aid in skin conditions such as eczema The Vitamin Shop Online's herbal range of supplements such as the Fusion Digestive Tonic may help to relieve digestive complaints such as bloating, burping and flatulence and irregular bowel movements. Digestive tonics may also help to stimulate the appetite and the production of bile to address sluggish digestion. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to absorb gas, toxins and foreign substances in the body. When taken internally charcoal may help to support digestive function, absorb excess gas and relive bloating, fullness and flatulence. L-G lutam ine is another important substance for the intestinal system. It is essential for maintaining the integrity of the intestinal lining. Stored in the skeletal muscles, this is also fantastic for those who exercise as it ensures healthy muscle functioning. It also acts as an antioxidant, is great for wound healing, immune and nervous system functioning. Everyday stress can increase the demand for L-G lut am ine therefore may be required during this time.