Did you know that more than 70% of your immune system’s cells are found in your gut
Comprised of a vital network of cells, organs, and tissues, your immune system defends against dangerous organisms that can invade and cause disease.
Building a strong immune system is often considered to be the best way to feel your best, get sick less often, improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, and so much more.
As we discover more about how the gut is linked to our immune health, the focus on maintaining a healthy gut microbiome has become more mainstream.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT’S NOT ALL...
Not only is good gut health now believed to be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your overall health, but it may also impact other major systems in your body.
More and more studies are now showing that our gut is much more complicated than we may have once believed. Your gut is closely linked not only to your immune system, but it's also closely tied to most of the major systems in your body.
In other words, whatever health concerns you may be struggling with, there's a good chance they are in some way related to the quality of your gut bacteria.
Whether it’s skin-related issues, fatigue, bloating, feelings of depression, gut health undoubtedly impacts far more than just our digestive health. This complex gut/mind connection has been a hot topic in the research world lately, and for good reason!
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF POOR GUT HEALTH?
⁕ Poor sleep habits
⁕ Constant fatigue or mental fuzziness
⁕ Poor diet (Especially excess sugar)
⁕ Lethargy or muscle weakness
⁕ Skin irritation
⁕ Unexpected weight changes
⁕ Stress (Emotional, physical, or mental)
⁕ Food intolerances and upset stomach
⁕ Catching colds more often
⁕ And many more…
HOW CAN YOU COMBAT THESE SYMPTOMS?
Like with most other health concerns, healthy lifestyle changes can do wonders for improving the quality of your gut.
This means more rest, plenty of water, exercise, self-care, and a diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, beans, seeds, and lean protein.
But the truth is that when your gut is suffering from a highly unbalanced microbiota, it can take time, consistency, and patience before you start feeling better again.
Many people turn to supplements to speed up the process and support their gut while trying to make these healthy changes in their lives.
A high-quality probiotic supplement can help give your body an extra boost and kickstart re-balancing your gut flora. They do this by introducing many of the most important “friendly bacteria” strains back into your system.
Our gut flora is made up of good and bad bacteria. A balanced flora contains more good bacteria than bad. Probiotics are a form of good bacteria that our gut needs to remain balanced.
Beneficial bacteria help our bodies digest food and absorb nutrients. They can be found in foods as well as supplements. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics, also known as good bacteria.
For more on gut-healthy foods and recipes read our blog on gut-friendly recipes for every meal.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when ingested in the right amounts, can help boost “good” bacteria in your gut, along with a number of other health benefits.
Found in dietary supplements, as well as in certain foods, there are many known types of probiotic strains available that have been shown to improve overall gut health, such as the LA-14 probiotic strains in our Primal Probiotics and Primal Gut Restore.
The Primal Gut Restore is especially great for supporting gut health because it includes prebiotics that feeds the probiotics and also groundbreaking postbiotics which help to slow down the production of bad bacteria that comes from unhealthy lifestyle choices and environmental factors.
These gut-boosting supplements have become so popular in the past decade or so, but are really having their moment in 2022. Many people are catching on to the unparalleled benefits of probiotics for the digestive system and mental health alike.
The better you feel physically, the better you feel mentally. When we pay attention to our bodies, we start to notice the connection between the mind and spirit.
HERE ARE 4 THINGS TO LOOK FOR
IN YOUR PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT
1) DIVERSE AND SUSTAINABLE PROBIOTIC STRAINS
Healthy bacteria won’t do you much good if they don’t survive long enough to colonize in your gut. When shopping for probiotic supplements, look for highly survivable strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus to ensure a variety of beneficial probiotic strains enter your gut.
Everyone's body reacts differently to different strains of probiotics, so having a variety is helpful to ensure the strain that works best for your body is apparent.
If you’re serious about gut health, it’s also important to introduce prebiotics into your system. Prebiotics help induce the production of good bacteria. Prebiotics work with postbiotics by actually feeding them and making them stronger.
Prebiotic, gut-healthy foods support healthy digestion and immunity, as well as prepare the body to absorb the probiotic strains found in supplements.
⁕ Prebiotic foods: Turmeric, pumpkin seeds, raw chicory root, dandelion greens, hemp seeds, ginger, chia seeds, flax seeds, garlic, leeks, onions, and many others.
Some high-quality supplements contain a combination of both prebiotics and probiotics (often referred to as 'synbiotics'), like our Primal Probiotics. Since your gut functions best with multiple strains of probiotics, the mix of these two gut-boosting approaches is a match made in heaven when it comes to balancing gut bacteria.
We know that prebiotics help feel the postbiotics to make them stronger, so in combination form, you can maximize the gut health results you want to see.
4) SUPPLEMENTARY INGREDIENTS
There are a number of useful ingredients available that can help your body more readily absorb probiotic supplements.
For instance, we've included the patented ingredient PreforPro® in our Primal Probiotics, which is a prebiotic bacteriophage complex designed to prepare your gut for healthy probiotic bacteria to colonize and flourish.
Another example is the patented CoreBiome® postbiotics that we've included in our Primal Gut Restore formula, which is a revolutionary gut support ingredient proven to boost immunity and help strengthen your intestinal walls.
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