There are lots of factors that play a role in losing weight and keeping it off. One of them has to do with the friendly bacteria in your gut! These microscopic guys are essential for proper digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. When we eat highly processed, nutritionally deficient and chemically-laden foods we destroy the environment in our digestive system! And we gain weight, find it hard to lose weight and feel groggy, tired and irritable. A healthy gut also helps keep our skin clear and glow-y. I have seen this time and again with myself and my clients. For myself, when I slack on my daily probiotic regimen I start getting irregular, bloated and my skin starts to look less vibrant. That’s when I know I have to get right back on the proverbial horse! And I do. Health and wellbeing is process and your daily health regimen is what makes it happen.
Some benefits of daily probiotic use:
Boosts your immune system (and wards off infections)
Improves women’s vaginal health - like the gut bacteria, balance is key to the health of our lady parts.
Improves gastrointestinal health - a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential for the proper breakdown and absorption of the foods we eat. Healthy gut bacteria can also help with IBS, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, etc.
Maintains urinary tract health
Obesity - yes that too! Preliminary research has shown that probiotics can help obese people maintain weight loss after weight loss surgery and Stanford researchers have found that obese people have different gut bacteria than normal weight people.
What to look for?? You want high CFUs (Colony Forming Units) because this tells you how rich in probiotics a food actually is, unpasteurized or fermented foods.
Unpasteurized probiotic-rich foods:
Blue Algae (can be bought refrigerated and you can add it to your morning smoothies)
Sauerkraut - make sure this is raw, organic
Pickles - again, raw & organic
Plain, unflavored, organic yogurt
Fresh, refrigerated probiotic supplements
When buying probiotic food products make sure you read your ingredient labels! Make sure that the sugar and fat content is within reason. 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar. Look for it to be organic too! You don’t want your healthy probiotics to be laced with toxins. Kinda defeats the purpose no?? I do my best to take 1 high quality probiotic supplement, drink 1 organic goat milk kefir and/or 1 raw kombucha tea every day. I notice that when I do at least 2 of these my tummy is happy (and not bloated) and my skin looks great! Every system in your body is interrelated and interconnected so help your body out and nourish it with high quality foods!
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