What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are a certain kind of live bacteria that can treat and even prevent some illnesses. They come in the form of food like yogurt, kimchi, kefir, and other fermented items. You can also get them as supplements. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that they’re effective – even ancient medical journals!
Probiotics and Your Gut
A quote from The Yellow Emperor Book of Internal Medicine dating back to 240 BC, roughly translated, says, “Name any disease and I will explain to you how it originates in the large intestine.” This holds true for the most part today.
In today’s world, we consume foods that lower our immune system. by bombarding it with sugar and creating an imbalance of healthy bacteria. If I had to pick four supplements everyone should take, it would be:
- a multi-mineral
- a multivitamin
- a high-quality omega 3
- a quality probiotic
Lack of good bacteria can lead to increased inflammation throughout the entire body and has been found to be associated with irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, obesity, atherosclerosis and heart disease, insulin resistance and allergies among other problems.
Why You Need Probiotics Every Day
I highly encourage everyone to use probitoics daily. Benefits also include decreased fat and ending sugar cravings. Why? Because most people who have fat to lose and are having trouble losing it are at times dealing with an immune response that shows up in the gut.
Northern Europeans consume a lot of probitoics because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. But yogurt doesn’t cut it as far as all of the bacteria your body needs to gain all of the benefits. The reason is due to not enough variety. While the theory is good and close to being correct, the truth is that you need many strains of bacteria to aid in a healthy immune system. It’s almost like saying we only need fish, or only butter or only nuts to reap all of the benefits we gain from eating healthy fat. Of course that just isn’t true. We need many sources of fat and the case is true with probiotics as well.
For instance, have you ever heard of taking acidophilus when you are taking antibiotics? One inherent problem with antibiotics is that they will tend to kill off things in you that you don’t want killed off. This includes good bacteria that you are supposed to have in the intestines. Acidophilus help’s replace them.
One study a few years ago, some families were treated with a particular probiotic to combat eczema. As a result, they observed a 50% decrease in the incidence of allergic skin disease. This probiotic came from a female over 100 years ago and kept alive.
In this same study, the probiotic also demonstrated to balance blood glucose (blood sugar) and actually decrease it by 50% using this female’s bacteria. But the study failed to reproduce lowering blood sugar when they used standard store-bought probiotics. This doesn’t mean store-bought doesn’t work, however. It just means they do not have the same or the most profound benefits.
Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent yeast infections. Clinical trial results are mixed, but several small studies suggest that certain probiotics may also help maintain remission of ulcerative colitis and prevent relapse of Crohn’s disease.
- There are 10x as many bacterial cells in your gut as there are human cells in your entire body.
- Your brain weighs about three pounds. The bacteria in your gut weigh 3-3.5 pounds
Healthy Bacteria Facts
- Break down food that you can’t digest.
- Compete and inhibit the growth of “bad” bacteria that makes us sick
- Train the immune system to function in a balanced manner and prevent a healthy immune system from becoming too active
- Synthesize important vitamins such as vitamin K2 (essential in preventing osteoporosis and atherosclerosis)
￼THERE ARE 10X AS MANY BACTERIAL CELLS IN YOUR GUT AS THERE ARE HUMAN CELLS IN YOUR ENTIRE BODY.
Probiotics in supplements come from plant sources. Although they are beneficial in the gut, they are not equipped to survive long term. These colonies do not tend to survive for longer than 3-4 days after a person stops taking the probiotics. So it’s important that you find a high quality probiotic and keep taking it.
For better results, first detox your body. Our 21 Day Full Body Cleanse can help you get rid of all the things blocking your cells. By clearing those out, your body will be in prime form to take advantage of all that probiotics has to offer. It’ll also help you reset your palate, steering you towards better food choices and getting healthy activity throughout the program.