Gut Health...What is your Gut Telling You?
We often hear people saying "trust your gut" and asking the question, "What does your gut tell you?" .....but it turns out there's much more to these metaphors than simply following our instincts.
Research has shown that our gut actually functions like a 'second brain' in our overall health and wellbeing, producing 90% of the body's serotonin (the happy hormone), and housing essential nutrients and bacteria that perform integral everyday functions, including digestion and metabolic functions.
In short, a healthy gut is key to a happy and healthy body so it should be your number one priority.
Here we breakdown 4 key benefits to taking care of your gut health.
1. Keep Your Immune System Strong.
If you're prone to sickness & often feel worn down and lethargic, your gut may be the cause.
The gut wall contains around 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, so if your gut is in poor health, then so too are these cells - and this throws your immune system entirely off. Studies have found that gut bacteria also play a central part in the development of white blood cells - your body's front line of defense against infection.
Boosting your immunity can be as simple as taking a good probiotic. The Perfect pass probiotic is a bacillus strain formula that is contained in its own endospore which ensures a 100% survival rate through stomach and bile acid environments.
2. A Healthy Gut = A Happy Mind
There's a reason why your stomach aches when you're stressed and 'drops' when you hear bad news - it turns out that there is a direct link between the enteric nervous system (ENS) in the gut and the central nervous system (CNS) in the brain and spinal cord. In previous blog posts, we have explained why this happens. It is called the 'gut-brain axis.'
It should come as no surprise that gut issues often correlate with higher levels of anxiety, stress and depression. Mixing poor diets with alcohol and fast-paced lifestyles can produce a toxic concoction that has detrimental effects on gut flora, causing an overgrowth of bad bacteria - and an unhealthy gut.
The remedy? A diet rich in both probiotics & prebiotics.
Recent studies have shown the positive impact of a healthy gut microbiome (the collective of microorganisms that play a key role in digesting food and absorbing nutrients) on mood, motivation and cognition.
While this positive perk of pre- and probiotics could be a game-changer for some, you should always seek professional help if you're feeling down, overly stressed or anxious.
The Perfect pass prebiotic powder acts as fuel for your good gut bacteria, and instantly increase the diversity of your good bacteria - just what you want to keep your gut healthy.
And the best part - it has no artificial colors or sweeteners. PHGG is taken from the guar bean and is broken down with natural enzymes into the ideal molecular size and that's why it's the perfect food for your beneficial bacteria.
PHGG is pure. No additional ingredients have been added to it and PHGG is easily tolerated by even the most sensitive people.
3. Maintain Your Goal Weight
Kick diet fads to the curb and opt for gut-nourishing foods and supplements instead - think fibre-rich and fermented. A healthy gut allows your body to digest foods efficiently, absorbing essential nutrients, processing fats and proteins and - uh - getting rid of any excess waste. Prebiotics and probiotics are the cornerstones of a healthy gut microbiome, meaning these processes are carried out more easily and efficiently, shifting any unwanted fats rather than storing them.
4. An Improved Complexion
Eczema, acne, dryness and irritated skin could all be signs of a bacteria imbalance in your microbiota. Consuming natural probiotics from sources such as kombucha, kefir, saurkraut and kimchi in addition to the prebiotic & probiotics, will increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut – the type of bacteria needed to help restore you gut to normal balance.
And whether you love or hate them, green juices are a quick and easy recipe to better skin, immunity and overall gut health..... and, don't forget to drink plenty of H2O!!
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