A Guide to Good Gut Health

by Jessica Walsh, on Jul 17, 2018 4:32:22 PM

The ITV series Save Money: Good Diet took a concise snapshot of Gut Health and its importance to our overall health and wellbeing. Gastroenterologist Dr Gareth Parkes gave an interesting overview of the types of products available and gave a good summary of the pre-and probiotics market and explained the difference between both. Dr Parkes told us that the market was awash with products and urged people to go with clinically tested probiotics or live cultures. Alflorex has been clinically tested and is the No.1 recommended Live culture by Gastroenterologists in the US, and featured as one of the products on offer. 

  Dr Ranj Singh and Sian Williams on ITV's Save Money Good Diet

The show looked at different diet plans and took three morbidly obese volunteers through a meal rework based on various books like the popular G Plan Diet: The Revolutionary Diet for Gut-healthy Weight Loss by Amanda Hamilton and Hannah Ebelthite. Results varied with good insights that most people who suffer digestive disorders have trigger foods that cause conditions and symptoms to amplify. Not all food supplements work to alleviate these symptoms, however Alflorex has been shown in clinical trials to work under these conditions.

The only way to identify your triggers is awareness. Keep a food diary and study the various effects of different foods on your condition. Back that up with a good probiotic and you should see an improvement. Having identified your food triggers, for example eggs or onions, reduce, substitute or cut them out of your daily diet. The importance of diet cannot be understated.

 Dr. Gareth Parkes on ITV's Save Money Good Diet discussing Gut Health

The cost of probiotics and food supplements varies, and a per cost day is a good budgeting tool, under the suggested selection criterion by Dr Gareth Parkes of clinically tested product.

Choosing a supplement that gives value for money can be tricky. We find the per day cost is a great way to see if a supplement is a good price rather than basing your choice on the shelf price. Some of the cheaper products may need to be taken more than once a day meaning it’s per day cost is higher than it seems. We calculated Alflorex’s daily cost for a 1-month supply at 83p per day, with a suggested daily dosage of one capsule, this is about one third the cost of an average cup of coffee.


As the show mentioned, some strains aren’t clinically studied or proven. However, Alflorex is backed by 17 years of research, the unique 35624 culture in Alflorex has been clinically tested by leading Scientists and Gastroenterologists. 


Many people tend to explore the do it yourself method and on the show homemade bone broth was tested and its effect on our gut, which was minimal. As was a homemade probiotic called Milk Kefir, which did reduce the concentration of bad bacteria in the gut. Including a list of suggested superfoods in your diet, like bone broth, can go a long way to healing and repairing damage to your gut according to the show. Superfoods include –

  • Aloe Vera
  • Bone Broth
  • Fermented Vegetables
  • Kefir and Coconut Kefir
  • Flax Seed Tea
  • Red Cabbage
  • Chia Seeds


The symptoms of bad bacteria can show up as the common symptoms of digestive problems like bloating, abdominal pain, cramps and flatulence. People should not suffer but take the two-pronged approach of good diet supported by clinically tested probiotic.


Alflorex is available in all good pharmacies across Ireland and the UK including selected boots stores. It can also be bought here on our website