Probiotics & Gut Health

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates

“Gut health” is a phrase that is becoming recognized and seen more and more frequently when we are talking about overall health.

Why?

Well, it is pretty simple: Research over the past couple decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health. Not only that, the research further shows that an unhealthy gut actually contributes to a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, autism spectrum disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In fact, there are many researchers who believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the next century.

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There are a few different ways in which we can help to grow and maintain the healthy gut microflora and bacteria. The two most common (and simplest) methods are consuming fermented foods and/or taking a probiotic supplement such as this one by Genuine Health, which I will talk more about in a moment 🙂

Fermented foods are rich in beneficial lactic acid-producing bacteria. These are the bacteria that cause milk products go sour and vegetables to ferment. When in the digestive tract, these bacteria actually help ferment carbohydrates that we humans simply cannot digest. The byproducts from this process help keep the gut acidic, which prevents harmful organisms from being able to grow all while allowing the good gut bacteria to more firmly establish themselves. Some great examples of fermented foods are: pickled vegetables, fermented milk products, and fermented soy products.

Consuming naturally fermented foods not only supplies your gut with more of these desired microorganisms, but the extra acidity they create helps to support the bacteria that are already there. I find that keeping items like yogurt and fermented vegetables in my diet is the easiest way to consistently consume fermented foods.

HOWEVER, I have found taking a probiotic supplement each day to be very beneficial to my digestion, and in turn, my overall health.

Probiotic supplements are convenient and require no additional “food planning” and for some people who don’t enjoy the taste of fermented foods, they are the best option for maintaining the healthy gut we are all striving for. In the last 5+ years the probiotic market has exploded so it is increasingly important to do you research and find the right probiotic for you!

Myself, after trying several over the years have recently found and fallen in love with the Women’s Advanced Gut Health Probiotic by Genuine Health.20171228_075300

This formula combines 15 strains of bacteria, which have been selected for whole-body health & wellness and this specially balanced formula promotes women’s gut, skin, vaginal and immune health. Genuine Health ensure the strains are cleaned to remove toxins and weak cells in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. They also utilize a vegan, delayed-release capsule with a fermented prebiotic to ensure the strains pass through the stomach acid, reaching the gut where they thrive. This probiotic is stable at room temperature which is oh-so convenient, if you ask me!

But why 15 strains?

Multi-strain probiotics have been proven to be more effective than single strain because multi-strains work together synergistically. Genuine Health’s carefully selected mix of bifido and lacto bacteria mimic the balance naturally found in the human body, and also with strains chosen to benefit the whole body.

This formula has helped me tremendously, especially during my pregnancy. My digestion has stayed more regular, I bloat less, and overall – I just feel better. I would highly recommend looking into the probiotic line by Genuine Health and choosing the probiotic supplement that is the best fit for you and your life ❤

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