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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gut Bacteria & Your Health

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Possibly unbeknownst to you is the fact that you are in relationship with the bacteria residing in your gut – a symbiotic relationship that is. The relationship works in three different ways.

  1. The bacteria live off you, but do not help or harm you. The relationship is only beneficial to the bacteria in this case. This is the type of relationship you have with most bacteria in your body.
  2. The bacteria receive a place to live and feed while keeping other harmful microbes from taking up residence. This type of relationship is beneficial to both you and the bacteria.
  3. The bacteria resist your defenses and grow at your expense. In this case, the bacteria benefit while you are harmed by the toxic substances produced by the bacteria.

For the most part bacteria are helpful, not harmful. In fact, you likely could not live without them. They help you do things like – break down tough plant fibers, maintain immune function, and process waste products. All good things.

But new research suggests that gut bacteria have the potential to interrupt your health. Particularly, the wrong mix of microbes appears to alter your metabolism, modify the way you store fat, change how you respond to hormones as well as interfere with brain function and mood.

The Human Microbiome Genome

The idea of something as microscopic as bacteria having control over many aspects of health likely seems far-fetched. But believe it or not, there is scientific evidence to support this seemingly outlandish concept.

Here are the facts…

The human genome is often referred to as the blueprint of human biology. It includes all of your genes which hold the information needed to build and maintain your body. At least, all of the genes in YOUR cells.

But what about the genome of the microorganisms living inside of you?

The cells of microorganisms also contain genes that hold a wealth of information. In fact, it is believed that for every 1 human gene, there are 100 associated genes within the microbiome. Which makes sense if you consider that bacteria alone out number your cells 10 to 1.

Until recently, the blueprint residing in the microbiome has largely been ignored. But with expanding knowledge about the role microbes have in regulating human health, more research is being done to better understand the interactions taking place between you and the microorganisms that share your body space.

Gut Bacteria and Health

Your gut contains approximately 100 trillion bacterial cells. There are hundreds of different species of bacteria with the types and amounts varying from one person to the next. It is generally understood that “friendly” bacteria benefit you in two ways.

  1. They contribute to your defense system, helping your body to ward off harmful invaders.
  2. They help to maintain normal functions of your gut.

Though there is still much to be learned, researchers now have a better understanding of the impact different gut bacteria profiles have on health. One thing that seems to be clear is that ending up with the wrong mix of bacteria can mean bad things for your overall health.

Several factors impact your gut bacteria profile (how many, what type, and the activity level of bacteria in your gut). These factors are broken into two categories – external and internal influences.

External influences: diet, prebiotics, probiotics, antibiotic use, illness, lifestyle, and environment.
Internal influences: age, genetics, stress, physiological processes, and the structure and physiology of the digestive tract.

Boosting Your Gut Health

To promote gut health requires that you have a healthy mix of gut bacteria. To do so involves minimizing your exposure to any number of the potential disrupters listed above. Here are six things you can do to keep your gut bacteria happy and healthy:

  1. Only eat as much food as your body needs
  2. Eat a diet rich in polyphenols and fiber (in other words, eat your fruits and veggies)
  3. Maintain a healthy weight
  4. Reduce your exposure to toxins
  5. Consume prebiotics
  6. Take a probiotic

The first five steps all come as part of living a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, it can be a struggle to implement the many behaviors that work to keep you healthy; as such, finding alternative ways to support your gut health is essential. This is where PhysIQ ProBio comes in.

PhysIQ ProBio provides six billion units of “good” bacteria to help support and maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in the gut. It uses a unique controlled-release technology to deliver live probiotics into your small and large intestine. PhysIQ ProBio also includes Wellmune, a clinically proven ingredient that strengthens your immune system. By helping to restore a more balanced gut microbiome and encouraging optimal immune system function, PhysIQ Probio offers an effective way to support a healthy gut.

PhysIQ ProBio benefits:

  • Helps restore gut integrity*
  • Safely enhances the immune system*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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