What are Probiotics And How Do They Benefit Our Gut Health?
It can be hard to determine the right probiotic formula, or even why you need to be taking a probiotic. You may hear that probiotics are beneficial to your gut health, but why is gut health so important?
Humans are meant to have a balance of bacteria in their gut. The ideal balance is 90% good bacteria and 10% bacteria. Good gut flora stave away pathogens, help your body break down fiber and complex sugars, help your body produce essential vitamin K, folic acid, and vitamin B, regulate bowel movements, decrease inflammation, moderate immune health, and of course support a healthy metabolism. However, when you looking at the gut of the average person today, you’ll find just the opposite combination, 10% good bacteria and 90% bad bacteria, largely due in part to the over-processed diet many Americans consume. This type of diet tends to starve the good bacteria while feeding the bad.
The gut is considered the second brain, with direct ties to serotonin production. Serotonin is a chemical that sends messages between nerve cells and is considered a natural mood stabilizer. It plays many roles in the body, including helping regulate and reduce depression and anxiety, maintaining bone health and managing bowel movements.
Adding fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt is a great first step to take to begin to correct this imbalance. At the same time, slowly increase your intake of fiber, plants, and complex carbohydrates such as honey, leeks, cabbage, and beans to feed the good bacteria.
Probiotic supplements can also work quickly and efficiently to help correct gut flora imbalance, Taking a probiotic supplement has corrected many cases of chronic diarrhea, constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which are often at the core of more serious conditions including acute gut damage and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
When it comes to choosing a probiotic, look for a supplement that contains a variety of species, with more than 1 billion live bacteria per pill. It’s also important that the supplement you choose has a coating to ensure the pill bypasses your stomach acid and is released in the intestine to restore proper balance.
Our ZUMA Nutrition Multi-Strain Probiotic is the ideal gut health supplement. It was created with these key factors in mind, containing 30 billion colony forming units per pill as well as a coating to help these bacteria survive stomach acid. Our probiotic formula serves to re-colonize the good bacteria. It works to re-instill the balance of good vs. bad bacteria in your bodies and can lead not only to improved digestion but an increase your day to day energy levels. For optimal effectiveness, make sure to take the Zuma Nutrition probiotic with water within 30 minutes of a meal that requires digestion. We usually recommend within 30 minutes of lunch!
Groves Maria Noël. Body into Balance: an Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. Storey Publishing, 2016.