Did You Know?
Seventy percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system.
Therefore, poor gut health affects not only your gut but every organ in your body. It can affect the pancreas and result in blood sugar imbalances. It can affect the functioning of liver, which is responsible for detoxifying your body, and lead to malabsorption, poor nutrient assimilation, and reduced bile flow (key for breaking down fats and proteins). It can also cause intestinal dysbiosis, SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), and many other issues like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, Chron’s, leaky gut, etc.
The health of your gut depends on a healthy 80/20 ratio of good bacteria versus bad bacteria.
However, taking birth control pills regularly, taking an antibiotic even once, stress, pollution, and a diet high in sugar and processed foods will wreak havoc on your body’s healthy gut flora.
Just a side note:
Many times when we eat dairy, and meat with growth hormones and other things in them, or are eating pesticides on food, we are taking in antibiotics without even knowing. That is a huge reason for eating organic. One huge thing that I didn't realize was affecting my gut was wine. Did you know that 95% of conventional wines tested, tested positive for glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup? Now if you are drinking that wine, even a few times a week, think of what you are doing to your gut......so, am I saying don't drink wine? Not necessarily, but what I am saying is find a better wine. Click here for a great option
Without good bacteria in your gut, you could experience:
Probiotics - The Good Guys
Consuming probiotics, either in supplement form or through probiotic-rich food and drinks, is an ideal way to restore the good bacteria in your gut. Let’s talk about probiotic supplements first.
When choosing a probiotic, make sure it has at least eight billion live cultures. Personally, I prefer at least 10 or 15 billion. You also want it to have at least two different strains of bacteria. This is because our guts are home to many different strains of bacteria, so you want to nourish them all!
An important factor to consider when choosing your probiotic is whether or not it needs to be refrigerated. As a general rule of thumb, if you bought it while it was in a fridge, you should store it in a fridge. If you travel, it is great to have a probiotic like Garden of Life Primal Defense, which does not need to be in the fridge. I actually believe non refrigerated are best. Think about it, your body is not refrigerated.
Some of my favorites, which you can find on Amazon
or at natural health stores, are:
You should also switch out your probiotic every three months. If you have significant gut issues or an autoimmune issue, you can follow a 3-day rotation schedule. This means you want to have three different probiotics on hand and rotate to a new one each day. This prevents your probiotic from becoming resistant to any antibiotics you are taking.
If you have an overgrowth of candida or severe digestive issues, you should start off at a slow pace with probiotics. The changing gut ecology brought on by an “overdose” of probiotics is going to send your system topsy-turvy and can lead to many issues, including diarrhea or constipation, fatigue and/or brain fog, body aches, flu-like symptoms, rashes, and possibly a worsening of the symptoms you already have.
This happens when probiotics start destroying the bad pathogens in your gut. As they are destroyed, they release toxins that cause unpleasant symptoms. You need to get through the symptoms to get to the other side. I am not saying it is easy. But do not be alarmed. It will pass.
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To your Health