Probio7 Contours

Changes in diet and lifestyle can create imbalances in gut bacteria that can leave you feeling uncomfortable and out of shape. 


Probio7 Contours contains 3 live strains of friendly bacteria carefully selected to complement the flora naturally present in your body. 


Each Contours vial provides 6 billion live friendly bacteria, inulin and fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS). Inulin and FOS are natural sources of fibre found in many plants that feed and encourage the friendly bacteria to thrive, helping to keep the delicate ecosystem in your gut in good balance.


How to use

Place on a flat, stable surface and press the cap down firmly

Check all the contents of the cap have fallen into the vial

Shake well

Unscrew the cap and drink

Probio7 Contours

Probio7 Contours

Changes in diet and lifestyle can create imbalances in gut bacteria that can leave you feeling uncomfortable and out of shape. Probio7 Contours contains 3 live strains of friendly bacteria carefully selected to complement the flora naturally present in your body. Each Contours vial provides 6 billion live friendly bacteria and two types of fibre, inulin and fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS). Inulin and FOS are a natural soluble fibre that are found in many plants. They feed and encourage the friendly bacteria to thrive, helping to keep the delicate ecosystem in your gut in good balance.


Each box provides 10 vials for a 10-day programme.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Per Vial: 13 kcal/56 kJ


Each vial of Contours contains 5mg of Zinc.



WHEN TO USE: Suitable for daily use, adults 18 years and over.

Take 1 Contours vial daily for 10 days, ideally with food. Can be taken on its own or contents added to cold food or a cold drink.  


Why is Gut Health important?

Why is Gut Health important?

Our gut is home to 100 trillion microorganisms which play an important role in our digestion, immunity, mood, skin and sleep. These microorganisms can weigh up to 2kg and therefore, it is vital we are looking after these microorganisms by eating the right food and exercising regularly.


Gut health refers to the entire functioning of our digestive system. Our digestive system is a staggering 9-metre long tube that runs all the from our mouth where food enters right until where food exits, in our poo. A lot happens in these 9 metres including digesting foods and absorbing important nutrients as well as several other activities.


Gut health isn’t just linked to our digestive system. Good gut health has been linked to better overall health including our heart, skin and brain. Looking after your gut can also help with weight management and better mental health as well as reducing the risk of some illnesses.


70% of our immune system lays along your digestive tract. This means that our gut microbiome has a role in the development of our immune system and better gut health may lead to fewer sick days, a lower risk of allergies and immune conditions.


We have seen that it is important to have a healthy gut, and this can be achieved through a healthy, balanced diet and frequent exercise. However, there are also many lifestyle factors that can disturb our gut microbiome, this is referred to as dysbiosis.

Dysbiosis may be caused by:

  • Taking antibiotics 
  • A high-sugar diet 
  • Processed foods 
  • A low-fibre diet 
  • Drinking
  • Stress and/or anxiety 
  • Ageing 
  • Certain medications, including the contraceptive pill, NSAIDs and HRT

Dysbiosis can contribute to some digestive symptoms and other conditions including:

  • Gut discomfort 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Weight loss or weight gain 
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Sugar cravings 
  • Bloating 
  • Skin breakouts 
  • Yeast overgrowth

Dysbiosis may often be unavoidable however, it is important you are aware of how to restore your gut microbiome and encourage the growth of friendly bacteria. One way is to consume fibre like inulin and FOS, these act as a food source for friendly bacteria which can help them grow! Inulin and FOS can be found in many different fruits and vegetables including bananas, artichokes, onions and garlic. 


Each Contours vial provides 6 billion friendly bacteria alongside two types of fibre; inulin and FOS to encourage the growth of the friendly bacteria and help the gut microbiome flourish.

What Does a Balanced Diet Mean?

What Does a Balanced Diet Mean?

Eating a healthy balanced diet involves eating the right sort of foods, in the right amounts to provide our body with the energy and nutrients it needs to function properly.


Google weight loss diets and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of diets recommended, from the keto diet, high carbohydrate diet, the alkaline diet and the plant-based diet to name a few. Each diet claims to be the miracle cure to losing weight. However, it is argued that 95% of people following a diet will regain the weight they lost in 1-5 years!


When it comes to food and weight loss the best method is to follow a healthy well-balanced diet that is sustainable!



The British Nutrition Foundation offers 8 tips for eating well

1. Base your meal on starchy carbohydrates including potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and noodles 

Try and choose wholegrain or high fibre versions (e.g. brown rice and wholegrain bread) and aim for 30g of fibre per day

2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. Fresh, frozen, tinned, dried and juiced all count towards your 5 a day however, try and limit unsweetened fruit juice and/or smoothies to 150ml per day

3. Eat more fish, including a portion of oily fish

Aim for at least two portions of sustainably sourced fish per week, including a portion of oily fish. Choose from fresh, frozen, smoked and canned fish but remember smoked and canned fish may contain high levels of salt!

4. Cut down on saturated fats and sugars

Swapping saturated fat, found in butter, ghee, chocolate, cheese and fatty cuts of meat, with unsaturated fat found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, oily fish and avocado. Try and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks

5. Eat less salt

Adults should eat no more than 6g (1 teaspoon) per day of salt and children should have even less. Most of our salt intake comes from processed foods rather than salt added during cooking or at the table, so always check food labels for the salt content! Try using extra herbs, spices, citrus juices or vinegar to flavour foods so you can use less salt in your recipes

6. Get active and be a healthy weight

The government recommends that  adults (19-64 years) participate in 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes vigorous intensity physical activity a week and muscle strength training on at least two days per week

7. Drink lots of water

Aim for 6-8 glasses of fluid per day

8. Don’t skip breakfast

A healthy breakfast can provide fibre, calories, vitamins and minerals important for health. Choose wholegrain cereals, porridge or wholemeal toast and try and avoid sugary breakfast cereals

The Importance of Fibre

The Importance of Fibre

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that humans are unable to digest. Therefore, it reaches our large intestines where it is digested by our gut microbiome. Essentially, it is food for our microbiomes to keep them happy and healthy!


What is the gut microbiome? Our gut microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi and their collective genetic material present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).


Fibre acts as a food source for our gut microbiome. Diets high in fibre from a diverse range of plant sources are linked to a greater diversity in our gut microbiome – a marker of good gut and overall health!


Fibre has a role in bulking our poop, thickening the contents of our gut and helps keeps us regular. It also plays a role in reducing the risk of many chronic conditions and lowering cholesterol levels, as well as helping to prevent blood sugar spikes and keeping us feeling fuller for longer.

An increase of just 8g of fibre per day (that’s a 25g serving of chia seeds!) has been linked to: ·

  • 19% lower risk of heart disease·
  • 15% lower risk of type 2 diabetes 
  • 8% lower risk of colon cancer

Fibre is found in plants and plant-based food groups including wholegrain cereals, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds. Diversity is key and you should try and aim for 30 different types of plant-based foods every week!


How to increase your fibre intake –

  • Switch from white to wholegrain bread 
  • Keep the skin on your vegetables 
  • Sprinkling mixed seeds onto your meals 
  • Snacking on nuts or dried fruits 
  • Try and increase the amount of vegetables added to your meals 

Contours

Each contour vial contains two types of fibre; fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin that feed our gut microbiome.


FOS is a fibre that is found naturally in plants such as onion, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana and artichoke. Inulin is found in a wide variety of foods including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes and asparagus.


Increasing your intake of fibre can mean your gut microbiome will become a whole lot more active which can lead to bloating and gas! It can take time for your large intestines to adjust to the extra fibre so try and increase your intake slowly. Make sure you’re also drinking plenty of water to help the fibre work.