Jul 29 2018

Maintaining a healthy balance in all things

Published by at 12:15 pm under pH Balance,probiotic supplements

Find your beautiful balance.
Maintaining a healthy balance in all things, including the gut, will result in a healthy mind and body. 

There is beauty in balance. Whether it is our mood, our schedules, our rituals or our health, when all is in balance, life is good. Do you have a good work-play balance? How about a balance between social time and alone time? A definition of balance is “…a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions…” It is the same with the gut. When it’s in balance, we are healthy, our mental health is good and our weight is in check. But when it is out of balance, we get sick, we gain weight, it affects our mental state and it affects all the digestive processes of our body.(1,2,3)*

With 80% of our immune system residing in our gut, it is no wonder that when it is unhealthy, so are we. What does it mean to have an unhealthy gut? It means the microbes are out of balance. Instead of 80% good bacteria to approximately 20% bad, the balance has tipped and we have more bad to good and the microbes are less diverse. Individuals with a  less diverse microbiome  are prone to health issues such as gut dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity and even cancer, not to mention mental health issues. The United States has the highest rate of obesity in North America, with 36.2% of the US population having a mass body mass index of over 30.0. That is nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children. As a result, we have to ask ourselves, “Why are we so out of balance?”(1,2,3)*

Keeping your gut healthy can be difficult in today’s world of processed, fast foods and diets high in sugar brought to us by a food industry that is focused on the bottom dollar rather than our good health. Advertising campaigns target children at a young age. Our meat and dairy are raised with hormones and antibiotics. Stress levels are high as people struggle to make ends meet, social media drives us, and we don’t sleep enough. And, we have a billion dollar pharmaceutical industry ready and waiting to prescribe anything and everything for every little ailment that arises.*

It begins at birth. Babies born by C-section then fed baby formula instead of breast milk are positioned for problems down the road. A healthy life begins with the microbial bath experienced during a vaginal birth then followed by breast milk that is full of the healthy bacteria from the mother’s microbiome.  Without a healthy gut, children also are prone to suffer from obesity, increased allergies, autoimmune disorders, anxiety and depression. (1,2,3)*

Antibiotic therapies are often prescribed whether we need it or not. Many of us have received antibiotics from an early age, for everything from ear infections to the common cold, which wipes out the good bacteria as well as the bad. Luckily, many doctors are shifting their focus regarding antibiotic use as superbugs are a threat.*

Another contributing factor is that we get our produce from farms where pesticides are used to kill every little thing and our soils are depleted of their nutrients. Where am I going with all this?*

While things can get out of balance, it is up to you to change it. You have the power to get your own microbiome in balance and to keep it there.  You can tell when your body is not healthy. If your mood is off, you are getting canker sores in your mouth, you are gaining weight, feeling tired and run down or your thinking is foggy, something is not right, and it is time to get things back in check! The good news is…it only takes a few simple steps!*

Every time you eat, you have the opportunity to change the population of our microbiome, starting with your next meal.  Our gut bacteria change approximately every 20 minutes, so we can achieve a healthy gut, fairly quickly.  While numerous variables can affect the health of your gut, including exercise, sleep, and stress, the number one contributor is diet.1*

Remember the 4 Rs! Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair. (3,4)*

The most important thing to do when cleaning up your gut and getting things back in balance is to Remove processed foods and toxins from your diet. This is the key first step in creating a healthy microbiome.  Clean out the pantry and the refrigerator and remove anything that is processed, high in sugar and non organic. This may be hard, but it is the first step. (3,4)*

Once you do this, Replace those bad foods with a variety of clean, organic ones. Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic, grass fed meats, and nuts and legumes. Your health care provider may suggest you also add digestive enzymes or other supplements to help with digestion. (3,4)*

The next step is to reinoculate your gut with good bacteria. That is where Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ plays an essential role. If you are not already on the product, start taking it right away, slowly, with just one capsule a day. Slowly build up to as many as six to eight capsules a day in severe cases, depending on the condition of your gut. You don’t want to start with 6 all at once, as the side effects can be uncomfortable if you take too many with an unhealthy gut. As the good bacteria eat away at the bad, gases and toxins are released and need to be eliminated from the body. You don’t want to have this happen all at once! Once your gut is back in balance, you can resume a maintenance dose of 2-4 capsules a day. (3,4)*

As you continue to eat right, and maintain a healthy dosage of probiotics, you will find that your gut will repair and get back in balance. Additionally, add lots of water, which is excellent for flushing the toxins; sleep, which is essential whole body repair and health maintenance. Exercise regularly to sweat out toxins. Before you know it, your microbiome and your body will be back in balance and you will find you feel better.(3,4)*

Only WE have the control over what happens to our bodies and what goes into our bodies. Choose wisely!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://ted.us1.list-anage.com/track/click?u=07487d1456302a286cf9c4ccc&id=d5ae1b294d&e=b6bb4e3cf1
  2. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/29-most-obese-countries-in-the-world.html
  3. https://www.planetnaturopath.com/functional-pathology-testing/the-4-rs-of-gut-healing/
  4. https://chopra.com/articles/heal-your-gut-with-the-4r-program


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