What you need to know about PROBIOTICS: “Do I need them?”

by Yasmin Nolasco

Your gut is your second brain. There is much research and evidence proving that our gut affects our entire system including mood and behavior. The digestive system is directly linked with our brain and shares brain circuitry that affects cardiovascular issues such as blood pressure. A digestion imbalance can be the root cause of issues such as brain fog, anxiety, depression, dementia, and behavior problems.

Probiotics are combinations of bacteria or yeast that naturally live in your body. Bacteria can be “bad” or “good.” The bad bacteria are the ones that make us sick. Probiotics are made up of good bacteria to keep us healthy. Your body naturally provides you with “good” bacteria if you are eating a healthy well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet rich in fiber. Fiber = Prebiotics.

How do I know if I need to take a probiotic?

You will benefit from a probiotic if you are: Irregular, have digestive issues, slow metabolism, sugar cravings, skin condition, yeast infections, or taking antibiotics for a long period of time. A quality probiotic will benefit your health to heal those issues. You can also optimize your gut flora (healthy bacteria) with the following:

1. Eating whole foods, avoiding processed foods and simple sugars.

2. Eat 75% vegetables on your plate and focus on including fiber-rich foods.

3. Eat healthy fats such as avocado and drizzling olive oil on your meals.

4. Reduce stress and sleep more.

5. Try a quality probiotic with a high CFU of at least 100 billion bacteria. For example Natren or Renew Life.

A quality probiotic is at least 1 billion colony forming units and contains the genus Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium or Saccharomyces boulardii, some of the most researched probiotics. Taking a probiotic first in the morning or at bedtime will benefit your overall health. You can purchase one online or at a health food store, in the refrigerated supplement section.

Keep your gut healthy!

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