Why A Healthy Gut Is More Important Than You Think

How do you define a healthy gut?

Did you know that there are about 4 bacterial cells in and on our body for every single human cell? This means we are technically more bacteria than human. Thus, it is important to realize how much our bodies rely on these organisms. Of course, not all are bad. The use of gut health supplements and nutrient-dense foods will aid in digestion and improve overall function. 

Want to avoid bloat? Make digestion a smoother process? Receive more nutrients from your diet? Having the best probiotic system in your body can affect a lot of different things. Your gut health can have a direct correlation with common issues such as depression and anxiety. High sugar diets are also shown to negatively impact mental health because of its pro-inflammatory impact.

Human Ecosystem

Because our body works with bacteria that live within us, it’s important to understand the role these play. We have different strains of bacteria in different areas of our body. The bacteria that live in our gut are not the same as the kind that lives on top of our skin. There are some bacteria that are common to all humans, and some that are unique to our own body.

With the immune system, we know the quality of gut health has a direct relationship with inflammation, disease, and recovery. Most people do not consume enough dietary fiber and it’s a huge disservice to your gut bacteria. Fiber is converted into short-chain fatty acids that increase the number of T regulatory cells, which as a component of the immune system help balance our inflammatory response. When these microbes are under-fed however, they consume the lining of our large intestine. Thus, it creates an inflammatory immune response to microbes that are meant to help us!

How we damage that system

The use of antibiotics across the developing world is at an incredibly high rate of increase with each decade. This teaches your body to depend on antibiotics when instead, we should utilize the bacteria that is created in our bodies to balance immunity. There is a strong correlation drawn between the use of antibiotics and obesity. Antibiotics are constantly fed to livestock not only to keep them less sick but also because it’s proven to make them grow larger. 

Another worthwhile point to note is the use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. We don’t just kill off bad bacteria, we are wiping out the good as well when we use antibiotics and antibacterial soaps. Where they serve an incredibly valuable role in hospitals and around sick people, we are better off not using them on a consistent basis. If you can support your immune system by taking care of your gut health, you will be able to defend yourself more adequately from common germs.

What do we need from probiotics?

In order to help you feel your best, probiotics for gut health in your supplement regimes will benefit your body in many ways. If you are someone who doesn’t already deal with digestive or gut health problems, a general broad-spectrum probiotic will be great for you.

You can find the best probiotics geared for specific concerns you may have. If weight loss is a concern of your’s, you will be happy to know that some strains are proven more effective than placebo in a study observing weight loss in women. One obese group of women observed for 3 weeks lost twice as much weight as those who received the placebo. They also continued to lose weight during the maintenance phase of the study.  (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299712).

Probiotics for women can be very beneficial since there are already a ton of hormones at play affecting your body, having proper gut health can aid in keeping everything in check. 

What is a prebiotic?

As far as gut bacteria, one thing that people often miss is PREbiotics! This is basically the food that the good bacteria eat. Without prebiotics, the probiotics will die off and leave the system. So if you don’t already, then if you can, grow organic “bulb” foods (like garlic and onion), dark greens (like kale) and microgreens. Especially when organically grown, good bacteria and prebiotics live on and in these foods that sustain a healthier gut.

Where does diet play a role?

Most of us learn about fiber in terms of soluble and insoluble. However, the USDA is actually wanting to reclassify it as “dietary fiber” and “functional fiber”. Basically, dietary fiber is non-digestible carbs that are in plants. Functional fiber is the isolated, non-digestible carb that has beneficial effects on humans. This is what our gut microbes live on. Dietary fiber is known to prevent weight gain, increase a load of beneficial nutrients in the diet and attenuate glucose absorption rate. 

When the low-carb craze became a selling feature in the western world, many companies started throwing around terms like “net carbs”. Since the thinking at the time was that fiber couldn’t be digested, it didn’t have calories; and therefore could be deducted from your overall carb intake. We don’t know how much your body is and is not breaking down. And at the end of the day, the numbers aren’t that far-off calorie-wise. So save yourself the trouble.

How much fiber is needed for a healthy gut?

Worldwide there isn’t a true consensus on how much fiber needs to be in the diet. Most consider a high fiber diet to be 18g fiber per every 1,000 calories. Although more research is being done into showing that most ancestors actually ate very high fiber diets. Possibly even 100g or more a day.

The more variety of fiber types you can get into your diet, the better. You need a diversity of grains, fruits, veggies, and starches!

Need help with supplementation? 

AMPD Nutrition Beauty Greens can be a great addition to your regimen to increase your intake of micronutrients, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, prebiotics, and probiotics! 

Also, be on the lookout for our new Essentials Line that will release our Probiotic! Coming in May 2019, AMPD Nutrition will be releasing a shelf-stable probiotic supplement with 10 Billion CFU’s to help increase the number of beneficial bacteria throughout your body!

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