Did you know that antibiotics completely destroy your healthy gut bacteria?
But antibiotics are not the only thing hindering your health.
Do you struggle with:
- Irregular mood
- Skin issues
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Crazy cravings for sugar and other unhealthy food
- Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea or cramping after meals
- Healthy weight management
If you answered yes to any of these, you should know that these are just some of the symptoms of an imbalanced gut.
You’ve heard me say it before, but it’s important that you realize the impact your gut health has on every single part of your body – physical and mental.
Remember, 70-80% of your immune system is in your gut.
And 95% of your serotonin is made in your gut – that’s your “happy” hormone.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria within our gut.
Benefits of Probiotics:
- If you don’t know this fact then probiotics are the beneficial bacteria found in our gut. They have the following functions:
- They keep the microorganisms and the harmful bacteria in check
- They aid in nutrient absorption and digestion.
- They are responsible to make sure that our body receives the minerals, fats, vitamins and Amino acids from the foods that we consume.
- Probiotics contribute to a proper functioning of immune system.
- They are required for the generation of certain vitamin K, folate, B vitamins, and some short Chained fatty acids.
Proven by researchers at UCLA, the correction of healthy bacteria in the gut can optimize neurotransmitter function, leading to improved mental health and may even improve learning and sharpen focus and memory.
Seven signs that you need more probiotics in your life:
The literal meaning of antibiotics is “anti-life”. Antibiotics are designed to perform one task and that is to kill. Unfortunately they don’t discriminate between bad and good bacteria.
Tip: You can ensure to repopulate probiotics by, taking a double dose of probiotics immediately after the antibiotics treatment. For example if you were on antibiotics for 7 days, you should take a double dose of probiotics for the next 7 days.
- Food Poisoning
Bad bacteria is lurking in your gut when this happens and it’s important to fight the bad guys.
Probiotics help replenish the good guys and get your digestion moving as it should.
TIP: Taking probiotics regularly gives the body a better defense against any foreign invaders you may come into contact with.
- Digestive Disturbances
Be sure you are consuming a healthy diet first.
Eliminate hard-to-digest foods such as processed, packaged and fried foods, dairy, gluten, sugar and soy and aim to eat more REAL foods as nature intended.
Probiotics will further support your efforts to bring balance to your gut.
TIP: Ginger is great if you are experiencing any type of digestive distress. I love using extra ginger is most of my green juices, but it’s also great as a tea or as a delicious addition to your meals.
- Skin Conditions
The internal environment of our body has a direct effect on the external environment of our body. Rashes, rosacea, eczema, acne etc. are an example of it. You should consider the use of digestive aids, in case your skin is not getting clear from probiotics and diet alone. Apple cider vinegar is a good example of such a digestive aid. It promotes acid production and enzymes in stomach.
Aloe Vera and l-glutamine are some of the other agents which heal the intestinal lining.
Tip: In case of acne you should get your hormones checked too. Imbalances in hormones are often associated with acne.
- Mood Disorders
The health of our gut is so closely tied to the health of our brain.
That’s why improving the integrity of your gut has such an effect on the function of your neurotransmitters.
TIP: Further supporting your body with B vitamins and paying attention to the health of your kidneys are also key factors to a balanced mood.
- Weak Immunity
Healthy bacteria can train your immune system to distinguish between “foreign” microbes and those originating in your body, making probiotics the best front line against infection.
When your gut is balanced, your risk for illness diminishes significantly.
TIP: Focus on supporting your entire body with healthy foods, daily movement, positive mindset and supplementation where necessary.
- Yeast Overgrowth
When people hear “yeast,” they often think yeast infections.
The truth is, yeast overgrowth shows up in many different ways.
It might be belly bloat, foggy thinking, sugar and carb cravings, skin problems, gas, low mood, irregular sleep…
There are so many things to consider when it comes to this very common problem and it doesn’t affect just women and it’s not only relative to yeast infections.
To support the health of your gut, I’ve got a delicious juice recipe for you.
G-Health Juice Recipe
- 1 cucumber: a natural diuretic, reduces inflammation, relieves stomach acid and provides soothing cleansing effect.
- 2 celery stalks: aid in bowel movements, promote healthy kidney function and detoxes the body.
- 1 lime: stimulates digestion, eliminates toxins and purifies the liver and other organs.
- 1 inch piece ginger: a digestive superfood great for stimulating healthy digestion. It soothes the stomach and helps the body digest everything properly.
- 1 small handful fresh mint or cilantro leaves: kills microorganisms that are associated with digestive issues, stops cramping, soothes digestion, great for detoxification.
- 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar: contains valuable minerals, live enzymes, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, helps normalize pH and promotes the growth of friendly bacteria. It’s also great for detoxification.
Juice all ingredients except the ACV, you’ll mix that in at the end. Enjoy!