Did you know that most of the good bacteria are being processed out of most of the foods that we eat? We need to be putting back the good bacteria into our system!
According to a survey of more than 2,000 American adults, over 70 percent of people in the US have experienced GI symptoms for more than six months, and more than half of them have never discussed their symptoms their symptoms with their primary care doctor because they do not think that their symptoms require medical attention.
No matter how subtle the symptoms are, it is always important to listen to your body and work to solve them so that you can feel and look your best every single day – and believe or not, most of the time you will find the culprit in your eating habits.
Lack of clear thinking, moodiness, insomnia, low energy levels, diarrhea, gas, bloating, stomach pain – these more subtle problems that stem from processed meals and snacks can have an even greater impact on our well-being. Unsurprisingly the foods we seemingly love the most are the ones that often end up as the worst for our health.
Your gut is nature’s food processor. Believe it or not, the majority of your health relies on your digestive system working at optimal levels. At its most basic, the process of food digestion resembles something like this:
- You eat. As you chew, your mouth, including your teeth and saliva, break down and moisten the food particles promoting smoother movement through your digestive tract.
- You swallow. The smaller food particles then move down your esophagus, which serves as a tunnel between your mouth and stomach.
- You digest. Your stomach produces acid and enzymes that further break down the food, allowing it to process more efficiently throughout your body.
The end result though is your digestive system processing the food you eat into nutrients that your body needs to function and survive. At the same, this intricate network of organs and cells also works as a filter, extracting the unnecessary waste your body doesn’t need.
Ultimately, a healthy belly can keep ailments as varied as headaches and pain in your joints at bay. Further, taking time to focus on your digestive well-being can even help guard against heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
Processed foods, however, can work against the delicate balance that must be maintained throughout your digestive system for you to function at your best. In simple terms, processed food, prior to its consumption, is food altered from its original state. This means that any food that is cooked, frozen, or pre-packaged either by canning or bagging, is considered processed.
Examining the numerous health risks associated with processed foods, it’s not all that surprising that the majority of the American population feel that their digestive systems seem to be in a constant state of flux.
It can be more than just making better food choices but other supplements and healthy, natural snacks that can promote a healthier lifestyle and a healthier us. One such change includes the use of probiotics.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your gut to maintain your body’s symmetry of good and bad bacteria, effectively providing a healthy and harmonious balance within your digestive system.
Typically, you will find probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, certain varieties of bread and cheeses, and even beer. Most recently, you can even get your daily dose of probiotics in convenient snack form rather than through supplements.
Probiotics support immune function, improves digestive health, and enhances protein absorption. Additionally, they can also build up your good bacteria that may have been lost in the use of antibiotics which kill both good and bad bacteria. Also, since the probiotics are processed out of most foods we eat, it is more important than ever to make it a point to put back the good bacteria into our body.