How to Heal your Digestive Tract – GUT HEALTH SERIES – Part 2 of 5

The secret to restoring your digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut.

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In order for you to be healthy, one of the most powerful things you can do is optimize and support the beneficial bacteria in your gut.  You can find probiotics in your food, and in my opinion, that is the best way to get them, but if you are not getting them from foods, you can supplement.  

Probiotics influence many functions in your body, especially your immune health. Researchers have also found they affect your body weight, energy and nutrient absorption, and your brain, both psychologically and neurologically.

WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?

Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. If you are not consuming enough probiotics, there are numerous side effects which can include digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds and flus. See details in my previous blog, “It All Starts in Your Gut”.

When your gut is healthy, you have a thriving population of beneficial bacteria, supporting your immune system, which largely impacts what goes on in your gut. This is because 80 percent of our entire immune system is located in our gut. Beneficial bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between non-harmful antigens and undesirable antigens, and to respond in a normal, appropriate way.

PROBIOTICS AID IN DIGESTION

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Probiotics, or healthy bacteria, also help with digestion. Fermented foods are especially rich in probiotic bacteria. Some of my favorites come locally, right here in Phoenix, from Garden Goddess Ferments, Kowboy Kraut and Power Kraut.  It’s a great natural replacement for probiotic pills or supplements because they contain so many probiotic strands. Some other great sources include lassi, an Indian yogurt drink, kefir (fermented milk made from “grains” that are actually a mix of bacteria and yeast), or natto or fermented soy, and miso (whether you’re eating miso soup or cooking with miso paste, it’s full of probiotics). Make sure to choose unpasteurized as the high-heat process destroys many if not all of the naturally occurring probiotics.  

If you can’t find these unpasteurized probiotic foods, or if you don’t care for fermented vegetables, be sure to take the best backup I know of – a high-quality probiotic supplement. One of my favorites is NutriClean Probiotics, it contains Patented LiveBac® and BIO-tract® technologies to ensure that more of the probiotics make it into your system “alive” so that it can deliver the results you need. Here’s a little more why I’m a fan of NutriClean Probiotics:
  • Patented LiveBac® process ensures probiotic survival during storage (without refrigeration)
  • Patented Biotract® technology ensures probiotic survival in the harsh stomach acids
  • NutriClean Probiotics provides 10 carefully selected bacterial strains, each with a unique beneficial role
Taking a quality probiotic supplement is a great way to boost the good probiotic in your system.

Here are the top probiotic killers that can prevent your body from getting what it needs from probiotics:
  • Prescription antibiotics
  • Sugar
  • Tap water
  • GMO foods
  • Grains
  • Emotional stress
  • Chemicals and medications
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The less sugar and processed foods you eat, the better. The more you eat the more probiotics your body needs!

It’s crucial to avoid the probiotic killers to maintain digestive health. We’re exposed to many of these foods, toxins and stressors on a daily basis. When your gut micro-organisms become imbalanced (this is what happens when you have too much bad bacteria in your gut), your system can turn into a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria, yeast, viruses, fungi and parasites. ­

Your body needs beneficial gut bacteria to absorb certain undigested starches, fiber, and sugars in foods. When you have a good balance of bacteria, you can efficiently convert these carbohydrates into valuable sources of nutrients and energy.

Additionally, probiotics promote mineral absorption from the foods you eat, while also helping to metabolizing and break down body wastes.

Clearly, probiotics benefit your health, they are essential for a diverse amount of bodily functions; research even suggests getting probiotics into your body may be even more important than taking a daily multivitamin. Keep in mind that many of the nutrients you find in a multivitamin supplement, especially B vitamins, are made by beneficial bacteria in your gut.

If you’d like to explore how to get your digestive health back on track, schedule your free 15 minute health evaluation here.

I provide my clients with a closer look at the foods to nourish and balance their individual body, relieve discomfort, and prevent serious illness before it occurs. Keep an eye out for my next blog in my GUT HEALTH series.

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by Crystal Baus

Crystal Baus is certified integrative health coach and owner of HealthStyles 4 You. She focuses not only on nutrition - but also on relationships, physical activity, career and spirituality – and how those five things are connected to your health and vitality. She’ll help you take your health to the next level. If you are ready to learn which foods can help reduce stress, lower inflammation, and promote digestive healing and proper gut function schedule your free 30 minute health evaluation. For additional information visit www.healthstyles4you.com.

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