“If there’s one thing to know about the human body; it’s this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut”
– Nancy S. Muir
Blog Master Note: I have no trouble maintaining janiqueel.com while traveling out of Singapore. However, I do have a problem when it comes to physically being in two places at the same time. I’m working on that. Since I couldn’t make it to the event at Joo Bar, however, I asked my writer friend, John, to attend in my stead and write about it. Thank you, John!
The Joo Bar on Tan Quee Lan Street might seem an improbable venue for a night spent learning about probiotics. Improbable or not, it proved to be a uniquely charming spot for a delightful evening. To say I didn’t know much about probiotics beforehand, would be to say the very least. With an open mind and an empty stomach, I bravely ventured into the world of the gut and good gut health.
I couldn’t have had two better guides than the evening’s guest hosts, Bibi Chia and Belinda Lee. Bibi is a “celebrity dietician” from Raffles hospital. Belinda with numerous spots on television documentaries and cultural specials as a Mediacorp artiste, is a Singapore celebrity and international talent . No stranger to local media herself, Bibi features in magazines and newspaper articles, as well as guesting on television and radio. With busy lives and varied lifestyles these two make attractive and persuasive voices for the benefits of probiotic usage, especially as presented by Duolac.
The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as “as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a benefit on the host.” Yogurt, dark chocolate, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, and miso soup are some of the common foods that contain probiotics. Looking carefully at the World Health Organisation definition, though, you might notice the key words, LIVE MICROORGANISMS. To best do their sworn duty as ‘good bacteria,’ probiotics need to survive the perilous journey through the stomach and get to work in the lower intestine.
Too often, the probiotics in food are hijacked by powerful gastric acids and bile salts in the stomach and upper intestine, thus disabling the positive outcomes of their proud mission. As Bibi Chia adeptly explains, this is where the ‘DU’ in duolac comes to the fore. Both the daily care and travel products are DUal coated ensuring “100 times the survival rate than uncoated probiotics in the intestine.” Having survived the hazardous digestive journey, the probiotics can proliferate and get to work improving the health of their intestinal landlord.
What good do they do? Just watch Belinda appealingly and vigorously explain at
In person at the Joo Bar, she mounted a strong case for the use of Duolac. Using her ultra-active traveling, acting, presenting, and volunteering career as proof, she was living proof of the many benefits of regular probiotic use. So peripatetic lah! Belinda was especially grateful for Duolac Travel enabling her to maintain her good gut habits while far-flung. No less active and accomplished, Bibi Chia backed up the case with scientific reasoning and proof. As ambassadors of good gut health Bibi and Belinda were persuasive, indeed. They outlined the benefits of probiotics in general and Duolac specifically which include (from the Duolac site): http://duolac.com.sg/why-probiotics/
• Enhanced immune system response
• Balancing out the adverse effects of antibiotics, including occasional diarrhea
• Healthier looking skin and improved complexion
• Enhanced ability to digest food
• Increased nutrient absorption from food
• Encourages normal digestive health, including promoting normal bowel movements.
• Increased ability to synthesize B vitamins
• Heightened ability to absorb calcium
By the end of the evening, I was convinced that there is nothing to lose by adopting a probiotic regimen and so much to gain.
I can’t wait to give Janice a good talking to about Duolac probiotics!
Written by JKJ.