The phrase “trust your gut” now has a whole different meaning.
What is Gut Health?
Your gut is comprised mainly of your intestinal tract. Whatever goes on here has a huge impact on your mental health, physical health, and overall wellness. Your gut is home to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms. Insanity! It’s actually an entire ecosystem of bacteria and yeast, which is made up of gut flora (the unique microbe population living in your intestine - like an individual identity card).
Healthy gut flora promotes:
- normal gastrointestinal function.
- protection from infection.
- regular metabolism.
- vitamin production.
- food digestion.
Because your gut comprises more than 75% of your immune system, if anything is off, this prevents it from working properly.
Think about it: Plants need sunlight, water, oxygen, and healthy soil to grow to their full potential. Just like plants need these important components to grow, your gut needs healthy flora to function properly.
What Causes Poor Gut Health?
Unfortunately, several features of today’s modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics, NSAIDs, and birth control
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
- Diets low in fermentable fibers
- Dietary toxins such as wheat and industrial seed oils
- Chronic stress and infections
- Neurological and psychological disorders
Antibiotics, especially, are harmful to gut flora. Yes, antibiotics kill the bad bacteria that is making you sick, but they also kill the good bacteria - the microorganisms that your body needs to function properly.
It seems like there’s just no winning, but wait! Before you accept defeat, there are simple solutions you can implement to get your gut back on track!
How Can Gut Health be Restored?
Eat Fermented Foods. Make fermented foods an everyday must-have on your menu. Foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt, and kombucha are all naturally high in the good stuff your body needs.
Limit Sugar. Sorry, kids. Your days of living happily-ever-after in Candyland may need to come to a halt. Refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and anything with sugar fill your gut flora with bad bacteria, which will thrive and cause problems. All fairy tales aside, it’s pretty gross if you think about it.
Take a Probiotic. Probiotics boost the good bacteria in your gut. We recommend you take a probiotic supplement containing beneficial bacteria such as the bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. But - not all probiotic supplements are created equal.
Our favorite is YOR Probiotics Ultra. Totaling over 40 billion c.f.u., this blend of powerful probiotics supports healthy immune function, improves digestion, and protects your body from harmful microorganisms. And, it’s easy to incorporate! Take one (1) capsule per day with a glass of water (and avoid consuming within two hours of antibiotics), and viola! You’re golden.
Supplement, Supplement, Supplement! Did we say supplement? Glutamine, zinc, omega-3 fish oils, and other vitamins and herbs can all help in their own special ways.
Watch for Food Sensitivities. Food sensitivities and allergies may increase inflammation and damage your intestinal tract. So, watch out for the main food allergens: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts.
Don’t let gut health stand in the way of you reaching your health goals! If you’d like to feel more refreshed, less stressed, and all-around healthier, give these tips a try!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.