Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Probiotics are edible products that contain the beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive system. In your digestive track, the bacteria aid in completing the digestive process. They also support vitamin production. There are different types of bacteria that are classified as probiotics but most of them fall into two primary groups: bifidobacterium and lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is the most commonly known, and it is usually found in fermented products and yogurt. Bifidobacterium is less popular and often found in dairy products. Here, you will learn some facts about probiotics that help you get to know these helpful bacteria a little better.
Probiotics need to be alive when you take them
The term “probiotic” refers to live bacteria that have excellent health benefits for human beings. Many probiotics that are sold in capsule form are freeze-dried but still alive.
Probiotics are not a trend or wellness fad
The concept of health-promoting, live microorganisms has been around for almost a century. Probiotics were usually digested in various foods and were often utilized for food preservation.
There are 100 trillion bacteria living in and on the body
There can be as many as 1,000 strains in and on a single person at any moment. The microbiome of every person is totally unique.
Not all probiotics are similar to each other
Various strains of probiotics provide specific health benefits. Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli are considered to be the most widely used probiotics. They provide their own unique health benefits.
Probiotics can support immune health
Approximately 70% of a person’s immune system is found in the digestive tract. This is one reason why the connection between what you eat and how you feel is so powerful.
Microbiomes play a vital role in supporting your overall health
The microbiome of a person is not confined to the gut or even the body. The bacteria present in the environment also play a vital role in supporting an individual’s overall health.
Benefits of Probiotics
- Better oral health
- Supports immune system
- Treats digestive problems
How to Use Probiotics
Probiotic brands are wide and varied, but there is little regulation, so purchase with caution. Although the bacteria are safe for most people, some individuals with certain health conditions should not use them. Consult your physician prior to buying any brand of probiotics.
It is also important to pay attention to the product’s manufacturer. Only buy products from reliable manufacturers to make sure that the products are high quality and safe to consume. Healthcare professionals recommend that you avoid buying products with aggressive claims. Stay away from products claiming to cure, prevent or treat certain medical conditions. Daily consumption of beneficial bacterial can support your gut and digestive health.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
If you’re like most people, you might think that dietary supplements are a quick and easy way to lose weight. But the truth is, there’s no magic pill when it comes to weight loss. Supplements can help you lose weight by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly, but they won’t work unless you make lifestyle changes as well.
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my Body Composition/Weight Loss Protocol may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Weight Loss Supplements to use! This Body Composition/Weight Management Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency while you lose weight, naturally.
For best results make sure you use my weight loss supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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