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Did you know that you are only as healthy as your gut?!?
When I started learning about health and nutrition 10 years ago, I realized that so much of our health is tied to our gut… and what is living in there o.O One of the things I realized I was missing was Probiotics.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. They help keep your gut healthy! Just like there are different animals in our world… there are different strains of probiotics and each one is important for keeping you healthy.
Did you know that taking antibiotics kills the good and bad bacteria in your body? Even taking birth control pills can disrupt the natural balance in your body of good and bad bacteria. Taking probiotics can help replace the good bacteria and help keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in check.
Health.Harvard.Edu shares that probiotics may be beneficial for diarrhea, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, and vaginal health.
What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural food ingredients that help the probiotics grow and flourish in your gut. They are kind of like the food for the good bacteria in your digestive system.
How to add Probiotics to your diet
There are foods that you can add to your diet to add probiotics naturally such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir. But I was having trouble remembering to eat these everyday. I found my best option was to take a probiotic supplement.
I learned that when shopping for a probiotic, you want to look for different strains – because they all do something different for your body.
The probiotic I choose has 5 unique and different strains to target my digestive track:
3 Lactobacillus strains work in the small intestine to metabolize carbohydrates in the foods you eat. This provides an energy source for the health of your digestive track.
2 Bifidobacterium strains target your large intestine and feed off the prebiotics to help fuel them deep in your digestive system. One of these strains is an immune boosting specialist and can help with seasonal changes.
These probiotics replenish good bacteria throughout your small and large intestines to counterbalance bad bacteria, restoring your system’s optimal microflora balance, lowering pH levels, and supporting your body’s immunity—70% of which is right in your digestive tract!
What I also love about my probiotic is that it is paired with a prebiotic to give the probiotics the food they need to be strong and healthy throughout my whole digestive system.
Are you ready to love all your guts?