Did you know that 60-70% of your immune system lives in your gut? We all have a combination of "Healthy Gut Bacteria" and "Bad bacteria" in our system. The key is to make sure that the Healthy bacteria takes over the bad bacteria to make sure we stay healthy and strong. To keep the healthy bacteria thriving and the bad bacteria from taking over, we need to be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies. Having a healthy gut means a healthier you.. so here's what you should know:
What are Probiotics?
Lately we are surrounded by it.. "High in Probiotics, Great Source of Prebiotics and Probiotics... But what does that mean anyways?
Probiotics are organisms such as yeast or bacteria that are believed to improve health through whole foods and supplements. We have over 500 different types of bacteria in our Digestive System that work to keep the intestines healthy, assist in digesting food, as well as strengthening our immune systems. Probiotics are especially helpful when taking antibiotics, as the antibiotics are wiping out both the good and the bad bacteria in our systems to fight infection.
What are the Best Sources of Probiotics?
What else can I do to improve my Healthy Gut Bacteria?
Stay hydrated.. yup! I know I say this about pretty much everything but that's because it is so important for every body function! Your gut needs water to keep things moving through your digestive system and also to help prevent bloating and constipation. Staying hydrated helps us to stay alkaline.. if we are dehydrated too much acid builds up in our system which causes inflammation. I usually reccomend about 1.5- 2 litres of water on average and more if you are exercising. For every 1 hour of exercise you need an extra 1 litre of water.
Lower Consumption of Refined and Processed Foods. Your bad bacteria feeds off of refined and processed sugars. Minimize these as much as possible and choose more natural, whole food sources.
Avoid Antibiotics whenever possible and when taking them always supplement with a good quality probiotic afterwards to help replenish the healthy gut bacteria.
I hope that you find this helpful! Remember, By increasing your healthy gut bacteria you are also Boosting Your Immune System.. we can all use a little boosting there! Who wants to be sick when we are heading into summer?!
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