Even with all the food we eat and the high rate of obesity, a lot of Americans are malnourished.
Basically, we are fat, we are miserable and our bodies are starving.
A lot of the problem is related to poor digestion. You hear a lot about probiotics – why do we need them? In our gut we have good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are the good bacteria. A proper ratio between the good and bad bacteria is associated with health and well-being. Antibiotics and poor diets kill off much of the good bacteria, allowing the bad bacteria to overgrow. The result may be bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, irregular bowels as well as other health problems.
Research studies show that a proper bacteria ratio and a functional intestinal system play a role in mental health and can decrease depression and anxiety. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter affecting mood, is found mainly in the intestinal system. That proper ratio also strengthens our immune system
So, What Can You Do to Improve your Intestinal System?
Prebiotics act like food for probiotics. They are a non digestable plant fiber. It is nearly impossible to get enough prebiotics from food sources such as chicory or apple and fruit skins. Many people eat yogurt in an effort to get enough probiotics. The problem is most active bacteria in probiotics are killed off by body heat and stomach acid. Bacillus coagulans is one probiotic that survives best in the intestine. 2 studies showed that proper balance of this bacteria decreased abdominal pain and bloating in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ingestion of probiotics can help people that suffer from recurrent yeast infections as it changes the alkalinity of the body. Nutrient absorption from the food we eat is improved, bowel function is improved and people see better weight and appetite control.
Use of probiotics can also strengthen our immune system. A proper balance between good and bad bacteria in our gut influences the health and well being of our entire body and even our mood.
Once again, not all probiotics are created equal.
- You need the prebiotics as food for the probiotics.
- You need the probiotics that survive against body heat and stomach acid
- You also can benefit from digestive enzymes – to better break down complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins for improved absorption
I take Digestion Plus everyday because I feel it is the best product of it’s type on the market. It contains Bacillus coagulans, prebiotics and digestive enzymes. It doesn’t contain sugars or any other harmful fillers. It is certified vegan, gluten free and Kosher. I mix one small packet in a bottle of water or other drink each day. More info available: Arbonne Digestion Plus
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