All things Gut Health with TYG!

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

 

If you purchased a March Lifebox you will have already received a can of Train your Gut Probiotic Drink!

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TYG is the the world’s first probiotic sports drink.

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

Read on to find out about why gut health is pivotal to general wellbeing and why knowing the difference between probiotic strains is so important.

Probiotics

What they are:

Put simply, probiotics are good bacteria. We have a mix of both good and bad bacteria in our gut microbiome and the goal for optimal gut health is to maintain a healthy balance. We can do this by introducing and supporting the growth of the good bacteria through consumption of both probiotics and prebioticsPrebiotics feed the good bacteria and are found in food sources such as green apples, bananas and oats

Why are prebiotics & probiotics important?

Your gut is often referred to as your second brain. It’s proven to influence your athleticism, immunity (70% of your immune system is housed in the gut), metabolism and even the way you thinka whopping 90% of your serotonin (the happy hormone) is said to be produced in the gut. Inside you right now are trillions of microorganisms, some of which are supporting your health, while others could be harming your health – giving you breakouts, making you feel sick, bloated, and sluggish.

How you feel really does come down to the overall balance of bacteria in your gut. 

What affects the balance? 

Antibiotics are known to suppress the beneficial bacteria and change the balance. Stress also has a big impact. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, from your emotional state (like when you’re trying to homeschool, whilst working full time and keeping your home in some kind of order!) to your physical wellbeing (like overloading the body with sugar or toxins or even going for an intense training session, which is where TYG is your ally). 

Sources of probiotics:

Fermented drinks have become increasingly popular, with kombucha and kefir available in most supermarkets, but do we actually know why we’re drinking them and their benefits? Interestingly, whilst kombucha is a great soft drink or even alcohol alternative, the probiotics found in kombucha aren’t native to the gut microbiome, meaning you’re not going to be replacing any good bacteria that you might be missing. Given it’s tea based, arguably one of the key benefits are its antioxidant properties. Kefir on the other hand does contain good bacteria, native to the microbiome and is a great source of B vitamins, which are key for energy production. Other sources include yoghurts, TYG and of course probiotic supplements. 

What to consider with the strain of probiotic:

One of the biggest questions to ask yourself when it comes to probiotics is: will they actually reach my gut alive so I experience their benefits? After consumption, they’ve got to pass through the stomach to reach your gut. Our stomachs are highly acidic, as this is where chemical digestion of our food takes place. This acidic environment can kill probiotics before they even get to the gut if they’re not properly encapsulated. Most reputable brands will inform you of how their probiotic withstands stomach acid, like we do with TYG.

How long does it take for probiotic supplements to work?

The short answer: It depends. There are several factors that come into play, like why you’re taking the probiotic, the state of your health, and the strains you’re taking, to name a few. That being said, researchers have looked at the timeline for several common conditions that probiotics are known to support and found some similarities. If you put all the research together, the general consensus is that it can take anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks for your probiotics to start working. Consistency is key, supporting optimal gut health is all about creating healthy sustainable habits, there are no quick fixes sadly. 

How you know if they’re working:

The best way to know if a probiotic is working for you is trying it consistently for a number of weeks and keeping track of any changes to your symptoms. Try keeping a symptom journal, so you can see if things are improving. The more severe or significant your symptoms before starting a probiotic, the easier it is to notice changes. Since probiotics are taken orally and must pass through the digestive tract, digestive symptoms are often the first ones to improve such as bowel movement consistency, frequency and gas, but don’t be surprised if you start to notice things like your skin improving, mood and even sleep patterns! 

TYG is available now in three distinct flavours from Amazon and their website.

To try all 3 flavours, use the code ‘LIFEBOX20’ to get 20% off your first mixed crate!

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“I am thrilled to have discovered TYG drinks – something I actually look forward to drinking as soon as I’m off the bike or back from a run. It’s so nice knowing I am doing something for my gut health and recovery, both of which are crucial to athletic performance and so easy to get wrong! I’m a convert and TYG is now firmly a part of my training routine”

– Olivia Ross-Hurst, Triathlete and Adidas Runners Coach – 

Get more of the good stuff!

Loved a particular product in our December Lifebox, we’re not surprised 😋

Here you’ll find exclusive discounts off your favourite goodies, making it super easy & affordable to stock up…

If you were obsessed with Caroboo, you’re certainly not alone! Since launching only a mere month ago, Caroboo is taking the sweet category by storm for their incredibly innovative & deliciously creamy choco-bars made from carob.

They contain 45% less sugar than your average chocolate bar, come in compostable packaging and taste out of this world.

Try their 3 flavours – Mint, Coconut & Orange (which tastes just like Terry’s if you’re a fan)!

Get an exclusive 15% off their entire range by entering the code LIFEBOX on their website checkout – https://eatcaroboo.co.uk/

 

If you took a fancy to Sweetpea Pantry, us too!

Sweetpea Pantry makes delicious, award-winning healthy baking mixes that are gluten-free, vegan and with no added sugar.

With highly nutritious ingredients like oats, flax, quinoa and teff, these mixes are quick and easy to make and are the perfect pantry backup for all snacking occasions (without the guilt)!

The range includes Flapjack, Pancakes, Brownie, and Muffin mixes.

Found in Ocado, Tesco free-from, Sainsbury’s baking aisle, Budgens Belsize Park and online at: sweetpeapantry.co.uk and stacksofgoodness.co.uk 

Ahhh Link Nutrition, the innovate & health focused company that we all need in life right now!

If you are hooked on their Vitamin C Complex you found in your Dec Lifebox, we’re not surprised! It’s the perfect whole-food supplement to support our immune systems during the winter months!

Their extensive range spans from Night-time to Probiotics to Medicinal Mushrooms! We’re huge fans and highly recommend taking advantage of an amazing 20% off their entire range with code LINKLIFE20.

Simply visit their website to redeem the code https://linknutrition.com/

Bellini anyone? Savyll are an incredibly innovative company that creates familiar cocktails we all know & love, but making them alcohol-free! We are all for it!

Drinking alcohol has increased this year, for obvious reasons, but can really wreak havoc on our health, productivity and even our sleep & mood.

That’s why we’re incredibly excited to showcase Savyll and their amazing collection of mocktails, that tastes so good – who ever needed alcohol anyway!

Stock up for Christmas & Dry January and get 20% off their entire range with code LIFEBOX20 – head to their website to find out more https://savyll.com/

The Raw Chocolate Co produce 100% vegan organic delicious raw chocolate and healthy snacks and ingredients!

This isn’t the first time you’ll have seen the Raw Choc Co in Lifebox! We are beyond in love with this company & their incredible ethos!

It’ll be a challenge to not buy everything on your website, but our favourites are their raw chocolate bars, vanoffee buttons and of course their chocolate covered raisins! 

Check out their extensive & delectable range and get a huge 25% off with code LIFEBOX25 – enter the code at checkout via their website https://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

Feel your best with Link Nutrition!

If you purchased a December Lifebox you will have already received a months supply of their Immune Supporting Vitamin C Complex worth £22.95! 

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Link Nutrition specialise in supplements for modern living, powered by nature and backed by science.

Health is at the heart of what they do and their unique dietary supplements will optimise your energy levels, nourish your immune system and enhance mental performance. Errr where do we sign up?

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