We were talking the other day about staying healthy through the holidays and how it can be difficult with all of the yummy food and fun parties that have all the yummy food. It is also hard to get workouts in because we become so busy. As we were talking, it reminded us of an article we read recently in Silver Fern Elevated Magazine where a microbiologist discusses how probiotics can help us keep our ‘gut’ in shape and help with weight loss. We both take probiotics every day and notice when we don’t that we just don’t feel quite right in our tummies.
We would like to share with all of you that with exercise, and good eating habits and probiotics that you can help keep your stomach and body in shape. Heidi once had a doctor tell her our stomach is like an eco-system. If one part of it gets out of whack the whole system has problems. Suzanne’s 3 and 4 year old grandsons take probiotics as well, because they have tummy issues and they have really helped. Below we are sharing some tips from the article we read.
As we read in the ELEVATED plan, one key to good gut health is having the right probiotic, a live bacteria you can get from foods such as yogurt or sauerkraut – or take in a natural supplement. There are thousands on the market, so how do you know which one to take? “There is one probiotic species that is clinically shown to create critical compounds for fat burning and permanent metabolism change – the bacillus species,” Krishnan wrote. “When paired with a high fiber diet, this probiotic creates compounds that control the metabolism. These compounds are called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) – and you want a lot of them because they determine the body’s fat burning, and fat storage.”
In addition to using the right probiotic, with a high fiber diet, the ELEVATED approach also recommends:
• Reducing sugar and refined carbohydrates because the bad bacteria thrives on them (This is the root of your sugar cravings!)
• Eliminating artificial sweeteners, which encourage the growth of bad bacteria and inhibit the growth of good bacteria. In fact, studies show they actually make you more hungry.
• Following an Intermittent Fasting eating schedule, where you fast for 12 – 18 hours per day, 5 days a week. Apparently some good bacteria only grow and thrive when you’re fasting.
• Drinks lots of water
In case you were interested:
Here is a great website to learn more from: Silver Fern