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Probiotics found in probiotic supplements, yogurt, and other fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut, are microscopic helpers that impact us in a big way when it comes to our health.‡
A recent Yahoo article, “Probiotics: More Than Your Tummy’s BFF..,” called out some of the important advantages to maintaining a healthy balance of digestive bacteria—supported by probiotics.‡ Your gut is filled with trillions of bacterial cells, and probiotics help boost the amount of healthy bacterial cells there. ‡ These healthy bacteria promote healthy gut balance as well as produce vitamins, help digest your food, promote your immune health, and help keep your bowel and digestive tract ticking along nicely.‡
Dysbiosis and Your Gut
An imbalance of healthy bacteria in the gut is known as dysbiosis, a condition you may not know you have until its uncomfortable signs crop up. The signs of dysbiosis include:
- Gas, bloating, and flatulence, especially around meal time
- Occasional and unexplained constipation or digestive upsets
- Skin issues such as itchy, dry skin or breakouts
- Poor nutrient absorption and irregular digestion
- Yeast imbalance
Boosting your levels of healthy bacteria through probiotic intake supports an optimal balance of beneficial bacteria in your gut.‡
Did you know?
The lining of your gut (GALT) is often called your “second brain,” and the bacteria in it are as important as brain cells in keeping you healthy. The gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) is your primary line of defense in the digestive tract; it also produces 90 percent of the body’s feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin.
The GALT is also heavily reliant on the beneficial gut bacteria to do its job. These beneficial bacteria, which include probiotics, promote important immune cell function and help create a healthy gut barrier.‡ So, keep your probiotic intake high, avoid unnecessary antibiotic use, and eat a whole-foods rich diet to feed your gut, and whole body, healthy!
Source: “Probiotics, More Than Your Tummy’s BFF…” Yahoo Shine, July 2013.
Have you heard about enzyme supplements and wonder if you need one? Chances are you might—especially if you eat a lot of cooked and heavily processed foods. Without the natural enzymes obtained from raw, whole foods, the body has a hard time breaking down the food you eat and absorbing its nutrients. As a result, undigested or partially digested food in the intestines can ferment and cause gas, bloating, heartburn, indigestion and other problems. The following quiz will help you determine if you may benefit from adding a natural digestive enzyme supplement to your diet. Put a 1 next to each question if the answer is Yes, 0 for No.
1. Do you experience stomach pain after eating a high-protein meal?
2. Are you excessively tired or fatigued after eating a high-protein meal?
3. Do you have thin, fine or brittle hair?
4. Do you have white lines or ridges in your nail beds?
5. Are you intolerant to cold temperatures or have a sensation of always being cold?
6. Do you have low muscle mass?
7. Do you have occasional swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or knees?
8. Do you have high blood pressure?
9. Do you have skin issues such as dermatitis?
10. Do you have irritability or anxiety?
11. Do you heal slowly from wounds?
12. Do you have frequent abdominal gas, bloating or flatulence?
13. Do you have frequent belching?
14. Do you have abdominal discomfort or bloating after eating starches, vegetables, beans or grains?
15. Do you commonly have diarrhea?
16. Do you have dry skin?
17. Do you have brittle fingernails?
18. Do you suffer from occasional or mild depression?
19. Do you have greasy or oily stool?
20. Are you frequently constipated?
21. Do you have dandruff or an itchy scalp?
22. Do you have problems concentrating at work or school?
23. Do you have dry mouth or excessive thirst?
24. Do you have frequent urination?
25. Do you crave fatty foods?
OVERALL SCORE: If you scored 13 or more, you may benefit from a quality digestive enzyme supplement. Look for a formula with high amounts of Protease, Amylase, Lipase and Cellulase.
- A score of 5 or more for Questions 1 to 11 indicates possible difficulty with the digestion of proteins. Look for an enzyme supplement with a high amount of PROTEASE.
- A score of 3 or more for Questions 12 to 15 indicates possible difficulty with the digestion of carbohydrates, starches and fiber. Look for an enzyme supplement with a high amount of AMYLASE and CELLULASE.
- A score of 5 or more for Questions 16 to 25 indicates possible difficulty with the digestion of fat. Look for an enzyme supplement with a high amount of LIPASE.