A balanced gut microflora is important to support health throughout life. This microflora may however, be impacted by many of the stresses of modern lifestyles, including the modern 'bacteria-free' environment, a more processed diet, less time available for relaxation, lack of sleep, illness and increased use of medication.

Some foods can help to support this bacterial balance, including 'live' yoghurt and fermented foods, and this can be further supported through the use of supplements containing friendly bacteria.

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