Why Gut Health Is Important

More and more research shows that our health starts in our gut so we need to start taking gut health seriously.  There are good and bad bacteria in our gut and our health is best when these are all in balance.

Let’s take a look at what happens when our gut bacteria are in balance.

Gut Health

Less intestinal distress

If your digestive system is a bit sluggish you’ll likely suffer from bloating.  Good bacteria allow your body to break down food more efficiently and remove waste more quickly.

Stronger immune system

Most of your immune system is actually in your gut.  Having the right amount of good bacteria in your gut your helps create antibodies to fight off health threats.

Better absorption of nutrients

Having the right balance of good bacteria in your gut allows your body to absorb nutrients better.  You could be eating a super healthy diet but if you’re not absorbing the nutrients you won’t be getting any benefits.

More energy and fewer cravings

When your good bacteria levels are where they should be and you’re properly absorbing the nutrients you’re putting into your body you’ll have more energy and fewer cravings.  Cravings are usually caused by a deficiency of a certain nutrient.  As mentioned above, you could be eating all the right stuff, but if your body can’t absorb it it’s not going to benefit you.

Reduced inflammation

Uncontrolled inflammation in the body is the root of all disease.  Having your gut flora in balance will reduce inflammation in your gut.  If you suffer from IBS you’ve got inflammation in your gut.  Taking care of that by increasing the good flora will significantly decrease your symptoms.

How To Increase Your Good Gut Flora

Nutrition is key!  You need to consume proper high quality probiotics in order to create balance.  You can get these in a high quality yogurt or high quality nutrition supplement such as Shakeology.

Here are some more tips:

  1. Cut out sugar and processed foods

These foods destroy your gut health and cause widespread inflammation.

  1. Eat more plants and dietary fibre

This will help balance your pH and help to remove waste more quickly.

  1. Limit Antibiotics

Antibiotics don’t discriminate, they kill all the bacteria.  If you’ve been on antibiotics you’ll need to consume a good source of probiotics once you’re done.  Sadly, if you eat commercial meat, you’re exposed to antibiotics on a regular basis.  Luckily you can restore balance by consuming a good probiotic.

  1. Invest in a good probiotic source

You can get probiotics from yogurt and supplements but probiotics are very fragile and can be destroyed by heat and acidic environments so you need a high quality source.  Food supplements with live probiotics have a short shelf life and require refrigeration.  Freeze dried powdered supplements must be kept dry and at room temperature and they’ll also have an expiration date.  If your probiotic supplement does not have an expiration date you’re likely not getting any benefit at all.

 

Your Health Is What Matters

Your health is what matters the most so start taking your gut health seriously!  Without good health you’re not able to be there for your loved ones and your quality of life will be very poor.  Investing in your health should be your top priority so stop putting other things first.