Using supplements like probiotics and prebiotics may be the two best way to naturally heal your gut. But beware of the fact that possibly up to 95% of probiotic products you can buy will probably not work because they can’t deliver the live bacteria to your intestines where they need to do their work.
The research being done on how to heal your gut naturally, and the connection between your gut – your good health – and possibly your current illness – is building!
The problem is that there are still so many worthless products on the market, and that usually means that probiotics may be categorized as unworthy or even useless. The way you can avoid this problem, and find a probiotic that can deliver the healthy results you want, is to ask some hard questions of the manufacturer and require PROOF of efficacy (that means proof the probiotics will be effective for you).
With that most important consideration on the table, let’s look closer at the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics and how they can help you heal your gut naturally.
Are you having digestive problems that interfere with your day?
Do you have stomach or intestinal pain, feel sluggish, have low energy, or feel unmotivated?
Scientists are discovering that illnesses you don’t even associate with digestion may also be originating in your gut.
You may think in terms of colds, sore throats, infections or other occasional illnesses. But researchers are starting to link chronic illnesses with gut health as well.
This article is all about keeping your gut healthy because it is so important to your overall good health now and for the future.
Scientists have been studying how your gut affects your health and disease for a long time, and they are making significant progress in their research.
Keep Your Gut Microbiome Healthy
On this US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health website, the gut microbiome is described:
“These human digestive-tract associated microbes are referred to as the gut microbiome. The human gut microbiome and its role in both health and disease has been the subject of extensive research, establishing its involvement in human metabolism, nutrition, physiology, and immune function.”
It is interesting to learn about the scope of what’s being studied, including the microbiome and how your gut is your ‘second brain’ – and how all of this is linked to both your health and to the diseases or illnesses you may get.
We know that 70 – 90% of your immune system is in your gut, and that does translate to your gut controlling a lot about your health.
The microbiome are the microbes that live within us, most of them in our intestines. There are 3.8 trillion of these microbes (bacteria) in your intestines – both good and bad bacteria.
There are about a thousand different species of these gut bacteria (microbes) in your intestines, and their population is influenced by your diet and your lifestyle. The healthy benefits of keeping these microbes in balance (and your immune system strong) are being discovered and it is fascinating to know that you can improve your health by having a healthier gut.
It makes a lot of sense when you think about how when different people are exposed to the same thing in terms of health challenges, or maybe even eat the same type of foods, but get totally different outcomes – this could by why. Scientists are studying how this all works and we will benefit from the findings going forward.
What we think is so interesting is in terms of health benefits. Say you eat a certain food for its specific health benefit, and you don’t get that benefit but your friend does. Where’s the disconnect?
What’s being discovered is that it could be due to your friend’s gut health compared to yours.
A lot of health can ultimately be in our personal control, if we know what we can do to achieve the best health. We are going to share much more about this topic as we research more and write about it.
So what can you do now to improve your gut health naturally?
And will that help us target overall good health and even help us heal some of our health challenges?
Your gut – the human microbiome – is where about 4 trillion or so bacteria live. You have both good and bad bacteria.
Gut Bacteria Needs To Be in Balance
The food we eat, antibiotic use (and maybe other meds you may take or have taken), certain medical procedures, and lifestyle choices can all interfere with the healthy balance of bacteria in your intestines.
You end up destroying the good bacteria and having too much bad bacteria, which can make you sick in different ways.
How do you balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut?
The answer can be certain foods, but you may not be able to eat them every day, or you may not even like those types of foods.
You can’t just eat yogurt and call it a day, because there isn’t a fraction of what your gut needs to impact your health in a daily serving of yogurt.
Your Gut Needs Help Every Day
The next best thing is to supplement your diet, your daily foods, with Probiotics and Prebiotics that can deliver the kinds of numbers your digestive system needs every single day.
The reason you should take them is because they help you have a healthier gut both right now and for your future.
When you consider who might benefit from a healthy gut, it seems like pretty much everyone.
- You: if you already having digestive problems which means you don’t have a healthy gut
- You: if you want a healthy immune system to respond to all these illnesses that scientific research is finding originate in your gut
What are probiotics and prebiotics?
What kind should you take? How many should you take?
These are some of the questions you probably have. Also, what brand is good, will they do anything for me, and how do you take probiotics and prebiotics.
The science of probiotics is advancing so much and so fast, and researchers are finding that they are so important to our health.
Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for you, especially for your gut – or your digestive system.
Prebiotics are, in simple terms, food for probiotics. Taking a prebiotic will help grow and multiply the good bacteria that help you have better digestion and a stronger natural defense system.
Probiotic Supplements Explained
Probiotics are not one simple ingredient or source. There are many kinds which can be quite confusing. And it’s not only about how much you should get – it is more complex than that.
Some research is showing that each individual should have a custom probiotic supplement to consume. We are years away from something like that, if ever.
But the good news is that we have Shaklee, who has their own scientific research team – the largest of any natural supplement company.
Shaklee has committed to a 10 year Probiotic research project, partnering with some of the leading scientists in the world to bring amazing new products that create a positive impact on all aspects of human health.
And, based on their research to date, and many years of scientific study on probiotics, you don’t have to wait 10 years to have a healthier gut.
Shaklee researchers already know that it’s about having the right strains of probiotics, with the right number of probiotics, in the right combination – so that they work as a system for your biome.
They do all of the research, science, and formulating so that we can simply take them, know we are getting the right amount, know they are being absorbed, and know we will get the healthy results.
Shaklee has very unique probiotic and prebiotic supplements that are 100% guaranteed to deliver the live ingredients straight to your intestines.
Best Probiotic Supplement
In August, 2018, Shaklee introduced the first advance probiotic formulation, Optiflora DI (Digestion Immunity) for both your digestive and immune health. Optiflora DI is a different strain of probiotics than its Shaklee family product: Optiflora.
Inside Optiflora DI there are 10 billion CFUs from 4 bacterial strains that support both digestion and immune health.
Bifidobacterium lactis HN019
Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14
Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG
This is a revolutionary new product that is specifcally designed, and laboratory tested, to survive your stomach acid so that it can deliver the maximum benefits to your gut.
Optiflora DI is designed to be added to Shaklee’s existing gut health products – Optiflora Probiotic (pearl) and Prebiotic (powder) – both are very easy to take and have been helping people for at least 12 years that I remember.
Better Digestion and Better Immune System
The reason you take both Optiflora Probiotic and Prebiotic and Optiflora DI is because they have different strains that work together to provide comprehensive digestive and immune support.
It is the difference between taking one probiotic and having a more comprehensive system to create a healthy gut naturally.
Plus, most important, and unlike about 95% of probiotics on the market, Shaklee can guarantee the live probiotics will make it to your gut before they are released to be absorbed in your body.
If you are reading the label of most all other brands, you may only be able to count on 5-10% of what is on the label reaching your gut. And with some it is closer to ZERO.
The government, through the National Institutes of Health, has a huge project called the ‘Human Microbiome Project’, that includes studying the human microbiome and your gut. It may be years and years and years until they catch up with Shaklee research.
I am just happy that we don’t have to wait years and years to have a healthy gut, and that we can improve our overall health right now.
We will continue to bring you news and research and whatever we can find on gut health. If your gut can help prevent you from getting many of the illnesses and diseases that make you sick, it seems like a good reason to keep your gut healthy.
You can try both the Shaklee probiotics and prebiotics at no risk. Every Shaklee product is covered by a 100% money back guarantee.
Read more about Optiflora here: Best Probiotic
If you would like to learn about Shaklee’s new healthy 7 Day Cleanse, that can really help get your gut to a healthier place quickly – and then continue to take your daily probiotic that helps keep your gut healthy, visit here: Shaklee Cleanse. (Feel better in 7 days – it’s 100% guaranteed.)