On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m showing you how to improve gut health and test your gut microbiome at home.
In addition to this, I’ll also being sharing the health benefits of probiotics, including the best foods high in probiotics.
When most people think of gut health, they think of a having healthy digestive system.
The proper digestion of food is of critical importance when it comes to your overall health.
Think about it.
What is the point of eating healthy food, if your body doesn’t properly breakdown and absorb all of the nutrients for energy, growth, and repair?
The most common digestive issue symptoms include:
Fortunately there is a solution to poor digestion, and it all starts with your microbiome.
If you’re interested in how to improve gut health, including the best gut health friendly foods, keep reading.
So how do you know if your microbiome is healthy?
Fortunately we now have access to a quick and easy at home gut health test from today’s video sponsor Ombre.
Ombre specializes in gut health.
After taking the gut health test, they map out your gut microbiome to find out what foods work best for you and your body, as well as what kind of probiotics you should be taking to optimize your gut health, and overall health.
If you want to take charge of your gut health, so you can feel your greatest, I highly recommend you take the gut health test to get a baseline of where you are today.
Simply go to this link to get $30 off your Gut Health Test and get it delivered directly to your door within a few days.
Inside the gut health test, you’ll receive:
To complete the gut health test follow the step-by-step instructions by:
In the gut health report you’ll then receive your unique microbiome report with personalized food suggestions based on your gut.
You’ll also see if you need to supplement with a formulated probiotic customized to your needs.
I was recommended a strain specific probiotic supplement based on my needs as discovered from my gut health test results.
Based on this, I’ve been supplementing with the recommended probiotics for the last 6 months.
Not only do I feel like my digestion has improved, I also feel like my abdominal region is tightening up with the reduction in bloating.
In addition to digestion, the microbiome plays a major role in the overall healthy functioning of your body.
The microbiome contains trillions of microorganisms, called microbes or microbiota.
They are located throughout your body, but are primarily found in gut, also known as gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
These microbiota are comprised of:
Every person has a unique microbiome makeup.
Your gut microbiome health is affected by your:
Your family genes plays a big role in the health of your gut microbiome.
As an infant you are first exposed to healthy microbiota during birth and through your mother’s breast milk.
Based on your family genes, environment, medication use, and of course, your diet, the balance of microbiota within the microbiome, can either promote a healthy body or become more susceptible to disease.
Most microbiota are symbiotic, which means they benefit the body, while a smaller number of microbiota are pathogenic, which promotes disease.
Both can co-exist, without any problems, when you are healthy.
Having a healthy gut microbiome often leads to:
However, this healthy balance can be disrupted by following an unhealthy diet or the ongoing use of healthy gut bacteria destroying medications, such as antibiotics.
I’ll talk more about gut friendly foods shortly.
Now that you know what the microbiome and microbiota are, let’s quickly talk about probiotics, and how to ensure you are getting enough of the right types of microbiota, for optimal health.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria living inside your digestive system, that play numerous roles in the body, including promoting digestive health.
Probiotics help improve:
You can get probiotics naturally from food high in microbiota or supplements that contain live active bacteria.
Look for probiotics that contain the following live active bacteria:
As mentioned earlier, your diet plays a huge role in having a healthy gut microbiome.
Based on this, let’s take a look at foods high in probiotics.
Probiotics are often high in fermented raw foods including:
Now that we’ve covered foods high in probiotics, let’s talk about prebiotic foods.
Eating foods high in soluble fiber, especially those foods classified as prebiotics, help support the maintenance and production of probiotics in your system.
These prebiotic foods feed the healthy microbiota thus helping improve the type and quantity in the intestines.
The following prebiotic foods help support gut health:
Ensure you include these prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods in your daily diet.
Unfortunately poor food and lifestyle choices, along with ongoing usage of antibiotics can often disrupt the healthy balance of microbiota, and kill off these helpful bacteria.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.