What does it actually mean to have a "healthy gut"?
It's been a buzzword (or buzz phrase?) for quite a while now, but not everyone truly understands what our body does when a delicious piece of pie or a juicy Ribeye enters the gut.
To answer the question, you must be aware of this reality:
There's roughly a 1:1 ratio of the number of micro-organisms living in your body to the number of human cells.
These tiny organisms form a "micro-biome" and interact with your inner world, which includes your gut.
Healthy microbiome carries multiple species of beneficial microbes known as probiotics.
You've probably heard about them.
They purify the intestinal environment and prevent toxins from attaching to the walls of your gut. They also help with proper absorption of nutrients and smooth bowel movements.
So, a healthy gut is where the probiotics prosper naturally.
Now you might ask, 'What could make my gut unhealthy?'
Some triggers include:
- High-intensity stress
- Inadequate sleep
- Nutritionally unbalanced diets (more on this below)
- Modern medicine
Unfortunately, this damage to your gut not only affects the probiotics, but also the whole body.
For example, gut microbes produce 95% of serotonin in our body.
Imagine the refreshing feeling after a night of deep sleep. That's serotonin doing its job; it makes us feel calm and content.
However, poor gut health disturbs serotonin production, which de-stabilizes your mood, hormones, and even your weight.
Good news is, you can turn this around with three simple changes:
Sufficient water intake purifies the linings inside the digestive tracts and increases the survival of probiotics.
2. Eat gut-healthy foods
Instead of worrying about having the perfect diet, focus on eliminating these two types of food:
Processed foods and sugary sweets.
Sugar decreases the number of probiotics in the gut and increases the number of bad bacteria. These harmful microbes LOVE to feed upon sweets and junk food.
By eating these foods, you are enabling the bad bacteria to thrive in the gut, which makes you crave them even more.
When changing your diet to a gut-friendlier one, it is wise to experiment with different kinds of food to find what your body responds well to. If you have hypersensitivity to certain foods, avoid them.
General guideline for a gut-healthy diet is:
- fermented foods
- fiber-rich foods
- and protein.
3. Take nutraceuticals to supplement your gut health (Click on the names below for details)
- High content probiotics + prebiotics (AKA food for the probiotics)
Beware, there are many different "generations" of probiotics such as postbiotics
...but leave them for later when you have built a solid foundation for your gut.
The truth is, once your gut supports a healthy amount of probiotics and prebiotics, postbiotics are naturally produced.
Keep it simple and stick to the basics.
They help break down the food, extracting its nutrients for absorption, and remove toxins in the gut.
- Complete GI Forte to protect the gastro-intestinal (GI) system from food toxins and support healthy digestive function.
The products mentioned above are premium nutritional supplements used by healthcare professionals.
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