Monday, October 19, 2015

Gut Health Tips- Follow 3 Key Criteria when choosing a Probiotic



Gut Health Tips-  Avoid Mistakes: What to look for in a Probiotic.

I have found that gut health is the key to so many things. When I was studying with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I had a lot of information put in front of me again on just how important healing the gut is. I have been on a journey with my health for years as well as the health of my family. It is a road that I am not getting off of and when we implemented certain food and supplements to our lifestyle we started noticing a difference. We are not perfect or where I want us yet, but we are on the journey. I love that we can heal and that I can share with others the things I have learned as a Health Coach and Fitness Professional as well as what has helped myself and family too.

Gut Fora plays a crucial role in our body. About 85% of the Immune System come from the Gut.
Do you deal with Allergies? WE do. If we can restore the gut flora we can straighten up the allergies. This was a big deal to me and I noticed little things like:
When we eat gluten and or sugar, our allergies would get worse, sneezing, psoriasis flares up, and more. Yuck!
Auto Immunity is all born in the gut. If the gut health is not digesting protein, the body attacks. Depending on where the protein goes depends on where the attack happens. So for example protein in skin- psoriasis shows up. Are you dealing with things that keep showing up as symptoms, Auto Immune disease, Thyroid, Celiac,Crohn's, Colitis, Arthritis, Fatigue syndrome, asthma, eczema, rashes, pimples, inability to produce every in body ( mitochondria). The toxins have to leave your body somewhere.
We need to heal in the gut. Heal it and Seal it. It takes a long process, but it is worth it.

So I want to share with you some things to look for in Probiotics. I hope this helps you on your journey.
The number one most powerful treatment is Nutrition, our diet; that is what we eat daily.
If you haven't heard of the GAPS diet before it is based on specific carbs. There is an intro diet with  6 stages. This helps remove all food that are difficult to digest You introduce probiotic food and bacteria with fermented foods and drinks. A good probiotic supplement too. So this is why I want to start with that information for you. I see so many things out there that are trying to tell us it is a good option for our gut health, but they can be mistakes and lead us down the wrong path and into more trouble.

Be ware of these mistakes:
Yogurt, added sugar cancels this out as well as pasteurized makes it worse.
Eating food that destroy the digestive system is a mistake to try and change. Avoiding certain things can help us to correct this mistake.
Avoid Artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweets are the gut yeast favorite food and next is sugar! Our GI tract is home to over 25 trillion bacteria and some are good! Candida in the GI Tract is a gut yeast, it is okay to have some. We can strive for 80% good and 20% bad. Gut yeast taking over has us craving bad foods. Another thing to consider is coffee, when we add sugar to it that is the issue. Alcohol also kills off the friendly bacteria in our gut and antibiotics kill the good as well.
Since our health starts in the gut we must support it the best we can.

Support is not just about us treating symptoms. It is getting to the root issue and helping it to heal.
Proper balance at the source is important.

So what do we do?

1. We can eat Kefirs and Fermented Vegetables
2. Take a good probiotic blend:

Make sure it meets 3 key criteria
1. Must get past stomach acid and bile
2. Large quantity 15 billion a day or more
3. Contain at least 7 unique strains

Friendly Bacteria:
L.acidophilus
L.salivarius
L.casei
B. bifidum
B. longum
L.thermophilus

Unfriendly Bacteria:
pathogenic bacteria and fungi, such as Candida albicans, etc

I have found with my experience that a good probiotic can make all the difference in the world when taking the right one along with eating well. After all why take one and continue to eat the same things that are over feeding the bad bacteria. Its different if we have something once in a while and double up on the antibiotics to help us get back on track then to eat poorly and expect them to be a miracle.

We must work together to heal. :) Looking for more help in this area? Contact me for info on my Health Consulting and or On Line groups for helping with nutrition.
Thank you, I hope this helps you on your journey- Coach Dani


some info from: Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD,