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At PowerGym we continue to bet on innovation, to provide our athletes with the best supplements and nutrients on the market.
The laboratory in which we develop and manufacture all our formulations, has innovative and advanced technological systems specialized in the production of nutrition and supplementation based on vitamins, probiotics, minerals, and plants. Its facilities are subject to rigorous quality and safety controls.
In this laboratory, a brand specialised in probiotics coexists with PowerGym: DRKU.
DRKU has been developing probiotic-based food supplements for more than 10 years, working in different studies, to offer products of excellent quality and efficacy. In addition, it transmits an extra confidence that its products are gluten-free, lactose-free and suitable for vegans.
For months we have analysed and tested their products, being able to verify firsthand that they are of the highest confidence and quality and, above all, that they work.
For all these reasons, we have decided to go for DRKU and make it our specialised brand in probiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics according to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO) are "living microorganisms that, when supplied in adequate amounts, promote health benefits of the host organism".
According to this definition, we can get an idea of the importance of these microorganisms in our body since they have regulatory functions.
We must differentiate between probiotic and prebiotic, since this is the food that allows the probiotic to ensure its life, reproduction, and benefit within our body.
One of the benefits they provide to our body is that they contribute to the balance and maintenance of the intestinal flora.
But it must be borne in mind that not all bacteria are probiotics since there are bacteria beneficial to health such as probiotics and others that can be pathogenic and cause diseases or alterations of the flora. That is why it is very important that there is a balance between the “good” and the “bad” to enjoy good health.
What is the intestinal flora?
The intestinal flora, also called microbiota, is the set of bacteria that live in our intestines, helping us, among others, to take advantage of the nutrients in the food we eat.
High intensity exercises and intestinal flora
Regarding the digestive system, various studies have shown that exercise has both beneficial and harmful aspects. What affects negatively, is the intensity in sports practice: the more intense it is, the more possibilities of causing damage to the intestinal flora.
During high-intensity exercise, the mucosa that lines the digestive tract is seriously compromised, leading to both digestive discomfort and weakening the immune barrier, which exposes us to contracting infections, especially respiratory infections.
Benefits of probiotics in athletes
There are different factors that unbalance our intestinal flora, such as diets rich in cereals or the habitual consumption of industrial pastries, which promote the growth of pathogens. Also hyperproteic diets reduce the pH of the digestive tract and this unbalances our microbial fauna. And we must not forget the use of medications, such as antibiotics, which destroy the bacterial flora, reducing the protective barrier against the growth of resistant pathogenic bacteria that cause diarrhoea.
In athletes, other factors are added such as the physical and mental stress of competitions, hyperproteic diets or hypoxia, which occurs during exercise (blood flow is diverted to the heart and muscles, decreasing in the viscera, leaving them with less oxygen and nutrients they need).
How to include probiotics in our diet
Probiotics are found in different foods such as fermented dairy, yogurt, kefir or in some vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and soy-based foods. But also, in supplements, such as those that make up the DRKU FLORA range.
In recent years it has been investigated how probiotics influence the performance of athletes, and the first results have been that supplementation based on probiotics reduces damage to the intestinal mucosa that occurs in long-distance athletes and supports the immune system. decreasing digestive symptoms and the probability of contracting respiratory infections, as well as the number of days and the severity of said infections.
In conclusion, probiotics could have positive effects on sports performance through an improvement of the digestive and immune functions of the intestine, reducing the risk of gastrointestinal discomfort, infections and providing a better recovery from fatigue.
Hence, including probiotic foods and supplements in our diet will contribute to correct the damage of high-intensity sports and prevent our ecosystem from suffering irreversible damage.