Holiday Health and Slimdown ~ Feed Your Gut

Holiday Health and Slimdown ~ Feed Your Gut

The holiday season is upon us… while you may feel slightly bloated and a little lethargic, you can still keep your metabolism rocking and immune system strong by feeding a healthy gut. In the past two decades research has revealed that gut health is critical to overall wellness and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. The gut, which is also known as the gastrointestinal track, has over 100 trillion microorganisms, 10 times more bacteria then all the human cells in the entire body. Just recently researches have grown to understand the importance of gut flora for human health. Gut flora does not only regulate normal gastrointestinal function, it also provides protection from infection, regulates your metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. So if you’re gut flora is irregular or weakened you may be more prone to gaining weight or vulnerable to disease. 
YOUR GUT

So while you continue to indulge on dinners, celebrate with sweet drinks and let up on your regular work out routine, you can still keep your bodies in shape from the inside out. The best way to keep the gut in top shape is by ingesting and contributing to your healthy bacteria with probiotics and then feeding those healthy bacteria with prebiotics. Both are as equally important as the other.

PROBIOTICS

Probiotics are live microorganisms (e.g., bacteria) that are either the same as or similar to microorganisms found naturally in the human gut. Also referred to as “good bacteria” probiotics are available to consumers in oral products such as cultured yogurts, kefir, supplements and my favorite, fermented foods... such as kombucha, sauerkraut, miso soup, pickles in which vinegar was not used in the fermenting process and tempeh. 


PREBIOTICS

Prebiotics are food that feed your flora or good bacteria, otherwise known soluble fiber. Conversely, insoluble fiber (the more well known fiber) is the leftover food particles that the human digestive system cannot process nor digest,  effecting the stool’s volume and excretion. But soluble fiber is the type of fiber that our gut flora can actually consume and ferment. You can find prebiotics in foods such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks, chicory root, garlic, dandelion greens, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes. Consider eating prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to give the probiotics an extra boost.


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...Just remember the more you take care of your gut, the more it will take care of you!




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