Ki-Ora everyone, Welcome! I'm Helena Davis and this is your health tip of the week. I see a lot of people in my clinic who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS. If you have IBS it is really common to have an imbalance with your good gut bacteria, also known as probiotics. Today I’ll share with you some information about what probiotics are and how they affect your gut. Stay tuned! 

Probiotics are your good, friendly bacteria that mostly live in your small and large intestines. There are up to 500 different species living within your gut. 

Probiotics help your gut by having natural antibiotic properties, assist with digesting your food and destroy harmful bacteria. They also make certain nutrients and help you to maintain a healthy immune system. 

Your lower gut consists firstly of your small intestines and then your large intestines. Your small intestines are about three meters in length and look a bit like your garden hose. Your small intestines have the probiotic called Lactobacillus living in there. There’s many different species of Lactobacilli, which all have different functions within your body. Your small intestines then link up with your large intestines. Your large intestines predominately have the Bifidobacterium species of probiotic living in there. Bifidobacterium are responsible for many things including short-chain fatty acid production which assists with good pH in your bowel and gut health. 

If you don’t have enough of these probiotics in your gut this can lead to IBS symptoms such as trouble digesting your food, constipation or diarrhoea. If you suffer from IBS I would encourage you to organise a comprehensive stool analysis through your practitioner so that you can check what your probiotic levels are and if this is a factor for you. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you. 

Till next time Ka kite ano everyone. Thanks for watching. I’m Helena Davis and that is your health tip of the week.


Helena Davis is a gut health expert. As a Naturopath she helps you get more energy, better moods and better digestive health. What she's really about is empowering you to live a symptom free quality life.