It is likely that you would have taken an antibiotic over the past couple of years. Antibiotics destroy healthy gut-bacteria in us. There is a high chance that you might be struggling with imbalance if you don’t replenish the healthy bacteria in your gut, even if you took the antibiotics 7 years ago.
There are factors other than antibiotics which are responsible for hindering our health.
Do you struggle with following symptoms?
- Skin issues
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Irregular mood
- Too much cravings for sugar and others types of unhealthy foods
- Diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating or cramping after meals
- Healthy weight management
These symptoms indicate an imbalanced gut, and if you answered yes to even one of these you should take it seriously.
Our gut health has a great impact on every part of our body. About 70% to 80% of our immune system is in our gut. Similarly the “happy” hormone known as serotonin is made about 95% in our gut.
Have you heard about the term probiotics? Do you use them? If these questions are, yes, then it is great for your health. But there is a good chance that like many others you still don’t know why probiotics matter so much for our health.
Benefits of Probiotics:
If you don’t know this fact then probiotics are the beneficial bacteria found in our gut. They have the following functions:
- They keep the microorganisms and the harmful bacteria in check
- They aid in nutrient absorption and digestion.
- They are responsible to make sure that our body receives the minerals, fats, vitamins and Amino acids from the foods that we consume.
- Probiotics contribute to a proper functioning of immune system.
- They are required for the generation of certain vitamin K, folate, B vitamins, and some short Chained fatty acids.
The researchers at UCLA have proven that neurotransmitter function can be optimized by the correction of healthy bacteria in the gut. This results in an improved mental health and it may also improve learning and sharpen memory and focus.
Fermented foods are rich in probiotics. But the concentration of probiotics in these foods is not enough. They cannot be used therapeutically if the gut flora has been drastically depleted. Therefore, these probiotic rich fermented foods should be used as an ongoing part of diet in order to keep the levels up as a form of prevention. A high quality probiotic should be used as a form of nutrition therapy.
Are you deficient in Probiotics?
According to research most of the people are deficient in probiotics.
There are many pesticides and chemicals in the water that we drink, food we eat regularly, and air we breathe. No matter how much we avoid, toxin exposure is imminent in the modern society.
Seven signs that you need more probiotics in your life:
The literal meaning of antibiotics is “anti-life”. Antibiotics are designed to perform one task and that is to kill. Unfortunately they don’t discriminate between bad and good bacteria.
Tip: You can ensure to repopulate probiotics by, taking a double dose of probiotics immediately after the antibiotics treatment. For example if you were on antibiotics for 7 days, you should take a double dose of probiotics for the next 7 days.
Food poisoning results in an overpopulation of bad bacteria in your gut. It’s important to fight with these bad bacteria. Probiotics helps replenish the good bacteria and helps to normalize your digestion.
Tip: Regular consumption of probiotics improves the defense of your body against the foreign invaders.
2- Digestive Disturbances:
It is important that you consume a healthy diet. You should eliminate hard to digest foods from your diet. These include: processed foods, packaged foods, fried foods, dairy, sugar, gluten and soy. Your aim should be eat real food as intended by nature.
Probiotics will help you to bring balance to your gut.
Tip: Ginger can be a great remedy if you have any type of digestive distress. Ginger can be a great addition to your meals or you can make a delicious healthy tea with it.
3- Skin Conditions:
The internal environment of our body has a direct effect on the external environment of our body. Rashes, rosacea, eczema, acne etc. are an example of it. You should consider the use of digestive aids, in case your skin is not getting clear from probiotics and diet alone. Apple cider vinegar is a good example of such a digestive aid. It promotes acid production and enzymes in stomach.
Aloe Vera and l-glutamine are some of the other agents which heal the intestinal lining.
Tip: In case of acne you should get your hormones checked too. Imbalances in hormones are often associated with acne.
4- Mood Disorders:
Our gut health is closely tied to our brain health and improving the integrity of gut has a great effect on the function of our neurotransmitters.
Tip: Two important factors to a balanced mood are, Kidney health and B vitamins in our body.
5- Weak Immunity:
Our immune system can be trained by the healthy bacteria to distinguish between microbes that are foreign to our body and those which originate in our body. This makes probiotics the best defense against infection. A balanced gut reduces the risk of illness significantly.
Tip: You should focus on consuming healthy foods, positive mindset, necessary supplementation and daily movement, to support your entire body.
6- Yeast Overgrowth:
Yeast overgrowth can show up in different ways. It can be in the form of foggy thinking, cravings for sugar and carbs, belly bloat, skin problems, low mood, gas or irregular sleep.
You should cut off the food source of yeast and repopulate, in order to clear the root cause of these symptoms. You should consider cutting out the culprits that feed yeast overgrowth, these include refined sugar, sugary carbs, natural sugars, alcohol and caffeine.
Tip: Taking probiotics will help you bring back the good guys and re-balance the ratio of bad to good guys. It will knock out the yeast overgrowth and help you eliminate the root cause of annoying symptoms.
7- Gut-Health Juice Recipe:
This delicious juice recipe will support the health of your gut:
- Cucumber (1)
- Celery stalks (2)
- Lime (1)
- Ginger (1 inch piece)
- Cilantro leaves or fresh mint (1 small handful)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
Juice all the above mentioned ingredients other than Apple cider vinegar. Mix apple cider vinegar in the end. Enjoy the healthy delicious juice!
Source:Healthy Holistic Living