The IBS Network has again partnered with PrecisionBiotics to offer two months of FREE Zenflore (worth £59.98) when you join or renew your membership to The IBS Network. But what is Zenflore and how can it help you?
What is Zenflore?
Zenflore are capsules designed to give support for your mind and body during busy and demanding times.
What does Zenflore include?
Zenflore includes the live 1714-Serenitas culture and specially selected B vitamins, which help to reduce fatigue and support your mind and body during challenging times.
How can it help you?
The 1714-Serenitas® culture in Zenflore has been shown to increase activity in the parts of the brain correlated with an improved ability to handle stress.
How does it work?
It acts by becoming part of the gut microbiota that is involved in the gut-brain axis, the two-way communication between the brain and the gut.
The culture in Zenflore is known to be involved in regulating your immune system, which plays an important role in health and well-being.
What’s the Gut Brain axis?
The connection between our brain and our gut is already part of how we talk about our experiences. For example, a “gut-feeling”, a “gut-wrenching” moment or feeling nervous with “butterflies” in the stomach. We know there is a connection between our brain and our gut. Scientists call this connection the gut-brain axis – the two-way dialogue between the brain and the gut where information flows between the two organs. The gut is often described as the second brain.
There are three main communication channels between the brain and the gut.
- the nervous system
- the immune system
- the endocrine system (hormones)
A key physical link that relays the information between the gut and the brain is the vagus nerve. This nerve relays information using molecules called neurotransmitters (chemical messengers). Approximately 80-90% of nerve fibres in the vagus nerve are going from the gut to the brain.
What role can specific gut bacteria play in the gut-brain axis?
Evidence shows that bacteria in the gut can act on the gut-brain axis and hence influence gut-brain communications.
The gut produces more than 90% of the serotonin found in your body – this is a neurotransmitter that can affect your mood and feelings of happiness and pleasure, and research has shown that gut bacteria can impact its production in the gut.
Current research indicates that a gut with a healthy microbiota is a strong predictor of health and wellbeing.