1. These Things Happen at 40 (often much sooner)
- Gas and Bloating
- Weight Gain/Trouble Losing Weight
- Fatigue (low energy)
- Constipation and/or Diarrhea
- Food Intolerance (lactose, gluten, sugar, and others)
- Indigestion and Sour Stomach
- Rashes, Itchy Skin, Acne
- Frequent Illness and Infections (including yeast infections)
All of these symptoms and conditions have been linked to poor digestive health. None of these are fun or flattering. If you’re like me, you weren’t expecting to deal with them as early as they started happening. If you suffer from one or more of the symptoms on this list, the rest of this article is going to be extremely helpful.
2. Your Digestive System’s “Batteries” are Dying
From the moment you were born, your digestive system was given essential, beneficial bacteria from your mother. Studies show if you were born vaginally and were breastfed, you likely had enough beneficial bacteria to start life with a diverse and healthy gut flora. For those who were born via c-section (caesarean section) and/or were raised on formula, chances are your gut flora was less diverse and put you at higher risk for developing digestive issues.
What is gut flora? Gut flora is a term used to describe a vast ecosystem of living organisms (trillions of bacteria and yeasts) that live in your small and large intestines. In a healthy person, gut flora is made up of a large variety of beneficial bacteria that help digest food, prevent illness, regulate mood, reduce allergies, and keep toxins out of our bloodstream.
Gut flora is the battery that powers your digestive system. Picture this – when you were born that battery (your digestive system) was at 100%. It had a diverse team of trillions of helpers keeping things working right, and keeping you healthy. Now, imagine that battery after 30, 40, 50+ years of use. Where do you think that percentage would be? 60%, 50%, 40%? Chances are your digestive system is far from performing at it’s best. Lot’s of factors (which we will cover) literally disrupt, damage, and kill your healthy bacteria army (gut flora) over time.
There are only 2 ways to recharge and repair that digestive battery.
3. It’s not a Fair Fight
Let’s face it… a lot has changed over the last 30 years. It’s becoming really hard to find healthy food choices on the go, and even in the grocery stores. Big corporate food manufacturers have taken over the shelves of our grocery stores and most certainly don’t have our health as their number one priority.
Artificial ingredients, preservatives, added sugar, and even genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been forced into our diets and our homes. Did you know that there are are 10 sugar cubes in a single can of soda?! There is added sugar in your ketchup (no kidding) and almost every processed food (even mac & cheese). Excess added sugar is known to cause a YEAST OVERGROWTH in your body! YUCK! Candida yeast is a nasty gut offender that disrupts the balance of good bacteria.
GMOs are banned in many of the world’s developed nations due to the lack of evidence that they are safe for consumption. Did you know there are higher concentrations of gluten in food products today than ever before (due to chemicals and processing). It’s no shock that the gradual decline in the quality of our food has had a dramatic impact on our digestive health and gut flora. It can really feel like an uphill battle and our digestive systems and bodies need all the help they can get.
4. You’ve taken Penicillin (or antibiotics) Numerous Times
Odds are, in your lifetime you’ve taken penicillin or another prescription antibiotic more than a handful of times. Remember when you were a kid and got a sore throat or an infection? The doctor was probably quick to write you a prescription for antibiotics, but not so quick to tell you the negative, long-term effects that come with taking them. Did they tell you the antibiotics being used to kill your infection were also killing off the good bacteria in your body (the ones that help digest food properly, prevent you from getting sick, reduce allergic reactions, and keep toxins out of your blood)? Did they tell you the long term effects, left untreated, could lead to chronic health issues (not just digestive health)?
Honestly, your doctor is probably not to blame. In recent years, tons of research and clinical tests have highlighted and brought gut health to the forefront of the medical community. Having a diverse and well-balanced gut flora has been linked to overall health and well-being. It is important to understand that your body does not have the ability to replace strands of beneficial bacteria that have been wiped out by antibiotics, or environmental damage, which leads to reason #5.
5. There are Only Two Ways to Repair and Recharge your Gut.
Aside from very invasive and frankly GROSS procedures (a fecal transplant where a medical facility puts a healthy person’s fecal matter, aka poop, into your digestive tract), there are only two realistic ways to replenish, repair, and recharge your gut flora.
The first is to add probiotic-rich foods to your regular diet. This includes fermented vegetables, kefir, certain yogurts, unpasteurized cheeses, kombucha, miso, kimchi, and apple cider vinegar. You can find most of these probiotic foods at health food stores. Be careful when searching for yogurts, kefir, and kombucha. You want to avoid products with a ton of added sugar. Also, many yogurts are pasteurized and do not actually have live, “active cultures.”
In reality, the amount of probiotic-rich foods you would need to eat to get sustainably great results is daunting. These foods tend to be expensive, hard to find, and not to everyone’s taste preference. That is why doctors, medical professionals, and the Gut Health Project recommend taking a high quality daily probiotic supplement like Perfect Biotic VSL!
A high-quality probiotic supplement has all of the following:
- An Advanced Delivery System that Protects the Probiotic Bacteria from Harsh Stomach Acids that Would Normally Kill Them.
- Multiple Strains of Proven Beneficial Probiotic Bacteria.
- A Quality Pre-Biotic FOS to Give the Probiotics a Potent Start.
- Is Manufactured in a Registered FDA Facility Certified for Quality.
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