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'Tis the season to be healthy

'Tis the season to be healthy


By Janeen Howard - qualified natural health practitioner and Technical Manager at GO Healthy.

Janeen Howard is the Technical Manager for GO Healthy with over 18 years experience in the natural health industry. A fully qualified Medical Herbalist with a Diploma in Natural Products and Nutritional Medicine, Janeen is passionate about finding a balance in life and improving health through the use of natural products and supplements. You will see Janeen regularly on TV3s The Café talking to viewers about GO Healthy supplements.


Summer is here, and so are the social celebrations! During the festive season we tend to treat ourselves to yummy treats, and enjoy a glass or two of cold beverage in the summer sun. But despite how fabulous this time of year can be, there’s no denying that over-indulgence can come at a price.

These fun times can unfortunately cause havoc on our digestive systems, leaving us feeling tired, bloated and gassy. These unpleasant symptoms commonly occur when the intestinal bacteria are out of balance, and more so when we indulge in rich foods and alcohol. Not ideal when all we want to be doing is enjoy ourselves, without feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

Approximately 70% of the body’s defences are in the gut, which is constantly under attack from microbes that enter our system via food and drink. The various species of “good” bacteria are your body’s first line of defence and thus vital to a healthy body. So, what can we do about it?

The great news is that probiotics can help beat the digestive blues and help to restore balance. There is increasing evidence to support the use of probiotics to ease digestive symptoms.

Probiotics are the good guys, they provide us with friendly bacteria to help keep our digestive system running smoothly and support a healthy immune system. Both the digestive and immune system depend on the partnership with probiotics to provide internal harmony.

The good bacteria in probiotic supplements basically help to crowd out the unhealthy bacteria tipping the edge over to the more favourable bacteria to tackle these unpleasant symptoms and help you enjoy a bloat-free holiday.

Consider giving your digestion a helping hand this Christmas with a multi-strain, clinically researched probiotic. GO Probiotic 40 Billion is a unique blend of 4 probiotic strains. This blend has been proven to maintain and restore good gut bacteria, and help minimise digestive discomfort. Probiotics are also essential if feeling stressed or frazzled, taking medications including the oral contraceptive pill, as these also contribute to digestive imbalance.

GO Probiotic 40 Billion is supplied in an easy to take 1-A-day dose, with the added bonus of being suitable for the entire family, and safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

So don’t let a bloated tummy or digestive blues ruin your celebrations this Christmas. Take control of your health and support your digestive system with good bacteria over the festive season.


Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist consult your Healthcare Professional. GO Healthy, Wellington. Made in New Zealand from select imported ingredients. TAPS: PP1568