Let’s discuss our GUTS. No, not the “GUTS” related to bravery, our intestines. Do you know what’s in YOURS? They’re home to 500 million bacteria! Sounds a bit nasty, doesn’t it? (Don’t panic yet, not all of the 500 million are bad bacteria.) How do you know which is the good bacteria and the bad bacteria? You don’t, and you won’t, until your whole system is compromised. Stress, junk foods, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, poor nutrition, prescription drugs, alcohol, chlorinated drinking water and caffeine all compromise this colony in your gut, and your health. We’ve all learned the more good bacteria in your gut, the stronger your immune system will be, but did you know probiotics (the good bacteria) have a huge impact on your overall health? When bad bacteria takes over your gut, your whole body goes haywire. Truth is, everything really DOES begin in our guts, from mood swings to bad breath.

Have you experienced any of these symptoms, just to name a few?

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Gas (flatulence)
  • SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Allergies
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Weight gain

As you can see, our bodies are pretty good at telling us when there’s an imbalance in our GUTS. Our overall health depends on keeping this balance in check. We all know probiotics are necessary to strengthen our immune system (70% of the immune system is in our gut) and to absorb important vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, vitamins A, D, E, and K.)

When the delicate balance of healthy bacteria in your system is compromised, undesirable bacteria are allowed to multiply, and unfriendly organisms such as disease-causing bacteria, yeasts, and fungi set up shop in your digestive tract. When the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity, and poor absorption of nutrients. While it’s true that non-beneficial bacteria are naturally occurring in the intestinal tract, problems begin when their growth goes unchecked. As a result, local and systemic health challenges can develop, making you vulnerable to infection and illness. [1]

What can you do? Yogurt is good but is it enough? Will it actually make it into your GI tract alive, viable, and intact? Feeding your GUT the right multi-strain probiotic can:

  • Help reduce unwanted weight around your waistline
  • Increase brain activity associated with decision making
  • Reduce anxiety, lower levels of brain activity related to emotion and pain
  • Boost the production of serotonin, the “happy hormone” and melatonin, the “relaxation hormone”
  • Help you sleep soundly
  • Boost the production of B vitamins for energy
  • Reduce the effects of bloating
  • Increase vitamin D levels by more than 25%
  • Manage allergy symptoms
  • Maintain healthy digestive functions
  • Encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria to support the immune system

Unfortunately, not all probiotics are created equally. Studies have uncovered the fact that most probiotics on the market have a very high percentage of dead organisms, making them useless. Fragile probiotics that require refrigeration make it even more difficult to thrive from the factory to your gut. Many companies ignore the fact that probiotics die in stomach acid and offer liquid, capsule, or food-infused probiotics that have a low probability of making it into the gut alive.

With so many of them on the market, how will you know which is the “right” one? The right probiotic is hard to find. If you’d like to learn about “The best probiotic on the planet,” contact me, Robin Martin, at 734-707-5508 or email charlestonqivana@gmail.com today.

Your GUT, and your whole body, will thank you for it!

1. “An Introduction to Probiotics.” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM). http://nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/. Accessed July 14, 2009.

*NOTE: Pregnant or lactating women, diabetics, children under age 12, hypoglycemics, and people with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.