Gut Health

July 9, 2018

Because I had some questions after the prebiotic and probiotic post, I decided to give you a little more info on the topic. 

 

Did you know that your gut is the key to your health?  Your gut contains seventy percent of your immune system. Therefore, if your gut is overflowing with bad bacteria, viruses, and disease, your overall wellness will be pretty shabby, and your weight loss efforts will fall flat.

 

What’s worse, if you suffer from “leaky gut,” all of those bad guys inside of your gut can pass into your bloodstream, which causes an endless array of issues. Leaky gut is just what it sounds like – a condition that occurs when the barrier to your digestive system develops holes due to things like stress, antibiotics, infections, and high intake of GMOs.

 

 

Signs of a poorly functioning gut include things like:

  • Chronic pain

  • Bad breath

  • Headaches

  • Weight gain

  • Exhaustion

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Gas

  • Poor digestion

Fortunately, you can take action to help heal your gut.

 

1 • The first step is doing what you're doing now – making the choice to eat clean.

 

2 • The second step is taking a daily probiotic with at least 15-50 billion CFUs (colony-forming units). Probiotic supplements contain strains of live bacteria that will help reestablish the good bacteria in your gut.

 

Here are some recommendations:

·      Primal Defense Ultra: It has 15 billion CFU and 13 different probiotic species. You can purchase it online, and it is great for traveling since you do not store it in the refrigerator. 

 

·      RenewLife 50 Billion: This is a very reputable company when it comes to digestive wellness. It has 50 billion CFU and 10 different probiotic strains. 

 

·      GUTPRO: Another favorite, GAPS-approved probiotic (a protocol by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride designed to heal the gut lining and restore the gastrointestinal tract) is GUTPRO.[1] It has 25 billion CFU and eight different strains of live bacteria. You can buy it here: http://www.corganic.com/gutpro.  Life 9- This is the one I take. Life 9™ is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system. You can follow the link below to see the details.  https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/life-9-30ct

 

3 • The third step you can take to heal your gut is increasing your intake of cultured and fermented foods that are good natural sources of probiotics. My favorites are:

  • Cultured veggies

  • Coconut yogurt

  • Coconut water kefir

  • Coconut milk yogurt or kefir

  • Inner-eco probiotic drinks

  • Body Ecology probiotic drinks

  • Bubbie’s cultured foods

  • Kombucha

By taking care of your gut, you’ll revitalize your body and experience greater weight loss, more energy, increased happiness, and a strengthened immune system.

 

 

 

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