Proper digestion is crucial for optimal health and wellness.
Even if you are eating high quality fresh organic whole food, it won’t make a difference in your health if you aren’t properly digesting and assimilating the nutrients found in that food.
Thankfully, improving your digestion can be easy when you know what the source of the problem really is!
According to Fox News, in 2013 up to 74% of Americans were living with some form of digestive discomfort!
This means that almost ¾ of Americans aren’t absorbing all of the nutrition from their already nutrient depleted diets!
But what is the cause of all of this digestive distress?
It turns out that healthy digestion and assimilation depends on a collection of healthy microbes in your digestive tract. These healthy bacteria, called probiotics, are responsible for breaking down certain constituents of your food and producing important nutrients and chemicals that keep you healthy and well.
The collection of the probiotic bacteria is called the microbiome.
The microbiome is not only responsible for producing important nutrients such as vitamins and neurotransmitters, but the microbiome also maintains the health of the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
The bacteria which make up the microbiome rely on dietary fiber as a source of nutrition. When they don’t receive enough fiber, they begin to wither and die leading to the degradation on the intestinal lining.
When the mucosal lining of the digestive tract becomes compromised it can cause inflammation of the intestines and eventually lead to leaky gut syndrome.
The intestinal lining is only one cell thick. Leaky gut syndrome is when this thin layer becomes permeable allowing unwanted toxins and pathogens into the bloodstream. This includes undigested proteins, pathogenic bacteria and yeast, parasites, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals.
Normally these would stay in the digestive tract, bind to fiber in the colon, and pass out of the body in the stool.
However, in those with leaky gut, these toxins get into the blood leading to immune reactions such as food allergies and autoimmune disease.
Luckily, recent research has shown that you can support a healthy gut with fiber and probiotics.
A study recently published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe shows that a type of probiotic called bifidobacteria uses fiber to maintain the health of mucosal lining of the gut.
The experiment was conducted in two phases.
First, mice were fed a low-fiber diet which led to leaky gut after just three days!
Next, the researchers transplanted gut bacteria from mice on a normal diet to the low fiber group. This prevented further degradation of the gut lining.
The low-fiber mice received further benefit when researchers provided them with a probiotic supplement of Bifidobacteria Longum. The probiotics helped rebuild the mucus layer of the gut.
Finally, when the researchers added an indigestible fiber found in vegetables called inulin, bacteria used the substrate to enforce the gut lining and prevent permeability.
These findings are particularly important for those who have digestive issues pertaining to the integrity of the mucosal lining such as ulcerative colitis.
The takeaway here is that if you want to improve your gut health, eat a diet rich in probiotics and fiber.
The best and easiest source of both probiotics and fiber comes from fermented vegetables. Foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles all contain millions of probiotic bacteria with the prebiotic fiber found in the vegetables.
Fermented vegetables can be found in most health food stores. Make sure to look for raw live unpasteurized ferments as pasteurization actually kills off the probiotic bacteria!
You can also make fermented vegetables at home fairly easily.
Another easy way to receive the digestive benefits seen in the study is to use Fermented Green Supremefood.
Our green powder formula contains the same probiotic Bifidobacterium Longum used in the study along with other scientifically proven strains of probiotic bacteria. Additionally, we include the same prebiotic fiber inulin the researchers used to enhance the effects of the probiotics!
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