Keys To A Healthy Gut: Prebiotics and Probiotics

Keys To A Healthy Gut: Prebiotics and Probiotics

Our gut, brain and skin all lie on the same axis and all work together. Some doctors even call our gut our second brain! 80 % of all neurotransmitters are produced by gut microbes. So if our gut is unhealthy, we might experience symptoms like suppressed immunity, allergies, depression, chronic fatigue, bloating and gas. Not fun.

So, how do we get an unhealthy gut?

Our environment and living spaces have been largely “sterilized”, reducing exposures to dirt, animals and nature. The end result is reduced bacterial colonization and diversity.

Then add these to the mix:

  • Antibiotics and medications (birth control and NSAIDS)

  • Diets high in refined carbs, sugar and processed foods

  • Diets low in fermentable fiber

  • Dietary toxins (wheat, industrial seed oils)

  • Chronic stress

  • Chronic infections

 But luckily, there are things you can do to improve your gut health. Make time to get a little “dirty”:

  • plant a garden without using gloves

  • get around animals

  • rinse, don’t scrub organic produce

  • Eat carrots with a little dirt on them

  • Spend more time outdoors

Without adequate gut microbes, food cannot be adequately broken down for absorption.

One way to mend our gut health is through prebiotics and probiotics.

PREbiotics

PREbiotics are basically the precursor to probiotics. They give us the goodness we need to grow probiotics. They encourage growth of Lactobacillus and Bifodobacterium. There are a ton of foods that contain prebiotics to help us improve our gut health.

  • Raw Garlic

  • Raw Leek

  • Raw Onion

  • Raw Banana

  • Asparagus

  • Artichoke

  • Tomatoes

  • Chicory and Dandelion Root

But, wait! There’s more!

 

PRObiotics

Basically our gut contains hundreds of different microorganisms that we need to for optimal health. A probiotic contains these live microorganisms that live in our gut and make things wonderful.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I am a huge believer in the importance of a daily probiotic supplement. When I started taking a daily probiotic supplement, I noticed a huge difference in my overall health. I had better digestion, better focus, less fatigue and improved immunity. My custom supplements have a built in PRE and PRO-biotics in them making it easy for me to get what I need.

If you aren’t into taking a daily probiotic supplement, no problem. Their are plenty of foods you can get probiotics through such as:

  • Yogurt

  • Soft Cheeses

  • Kefir

  • Sourdough Bread

  • Sauerkraut

  • Miso

  • Tempeh

  • Pickles

You might notice a trend. A lot of these foods are fermented. Without going into too much detail, fermented foods are great because as they ferment, their sugars and carbs become “bacteria-boosting” agents.

Gut health is king and affects your entire body. Try to increase your intake of these pro and prebiotic containing foods and you will probably notice a huge difference in your overall health.

If you would like information on getting your own custom supplements email me at [email protected] today.

 

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