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AUG
03
2014

Essential Probiotics

Essential Probiotics

Hipocrates, the father of medicine, said disease begins in the gut and he was right.

Your gut guides your overall wellbeing.

If you want better immunity, more efficient digestion, and improved clarity and balance, then focus on rebuilding your gut flora.

The word probiotic means pro-life.  Almost 80% of your immune system exists in your gut, which contains about 100 trillion bacteria. These bacteria help process your food, produce nutrients and fight disease.

To put things in perspective, there are ten times more bacteria in your gut than cells in your entire body.

Studies show that essential probiotics positively impact everything from weight loss to seasonal allergies, irritable bowel disease and oral health.

Intestinal flora impacts more than your gut and immune system – it also affects your brain.

Your mental health affects your gut health and vice versa.

You have the same amount of neurotransmitters in your gut as your brain.

It is all about balance when it comes to your gut health.  When it is in tip top shape, about 80-85 % of bacteria are good and 15-20 % are bad.

For optimal immune and nervous system function, you need adequate friendly microflora populating your gut.

Processed foods, antibiotics, environmental toxins and chemicals, stress and illness hugely affects the ratio of good to bad bacteria.

To keep harmful bacteria from overgrowing your gut and help healthy bacteria to thrive, you need to take care of your gut by making sure to:

  1. Eat fermented foods, which are the original essential probiotics.  You should be aiming to eat these foods every day, ideally. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kefir, and fermented vegetables are fantastic probiotic rich foods.  When looking for these foods please avoid vinegar based or pasteurized varieties, since these elements kill good bacteria.  I highly recommend to get educated on fermenting these  foods at home!  Check out my article: ‘Probiotic Raw Sauerkraut Salad’ for a delicious probiotic recipe.
  2. Eat prebiotic whole foods.  These will feed and support the growth of good bacteria.  Some of the best to add to your diet are bananas, artichokes, raw garlic and onions.
  3. Eat regularly and try not to snack between meals.  To give your gut the chance to clean up waste, it needs a rest from digestion.
  4. Cut out refined sugar and processed foods from your diet completely.  These foods feed the bad bacteria, so stay away.
  5. Stress less and try to adopt regular relaxation habits like meditation. going for a walk in nature or yoga. Remember the gut-brain connection? When you experience chronic stress, your brain goes to a fight mode, causing your digestion and blood flow in the gut to slow down. So stress equals a poorly functioning gut!

Now you know that replenishing your body daily with essential probiotics is hugely important for mental and physical health!

Visit 121personaltraining.com for more great articles and recipes, plus information about our detox diets and nutrition coaching packages.

 

Nutrition coach London – essential probiotics.

Magdalena Skrzypek
About the Author
Magda is a YMCA qualified Hatha yoga teacher and a Premier qualified nutrition coach. She specialises in providing private yoga lessons and nutrition coaching for individuals and small groups in SW London.

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