Probiotics . . . so what are these little microorganism?
And why do we need them???
Well . . .to answer that question . . . we must first understand the mechanics of our intestines.
Okay . . . so we have our large intestine which is also known as our large bowel. This is that "last" part of the gastrointestinal tract. And the purpose of this part of the intestines is to absorb water and salts from the material that has not been digested from our food and to get rid of any waste left over as poop.
The large intestine has 3 primary functions . . . absorbing water and electrolytes, producing and absorbing vitamins . . . and forming and eliminating our poop.
But we all knew that . . . right?
Okay . . . so the large intestine houses the largest amount of bacteria in the body, both "good" and "bad". And we need both for optimal health. With "good" needing to be a little more abundant than the "bad".
But . . . when we take antibiotics, prescription drugs, birth control, drink alcohol, smoke, have too much stress in our lives and eat this Western diet we love so much . . .
This all kills our "good" bacteria . . . leaving our "bad" bacteria to take over the large intestine. This leaving us with diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel diseases just to mention a few.
Now at this time . . . the "bad" bacteria travels to the first part of the gastrointestinal tract called the "small intestine". Which is supposed to be basically sterile.
But . . . this "bad" bacteria now invades this area. Breaking though the "gatekeeper" of the small intestine. And at this time . . . our health and weight becomes compromised.
So why do we need "probiotics"???
Well . . . that would be to replace the "good" bacteria that we've lost.
So what does this "good" bacteria have to do with weight issues???
Well . . . gut bacteria can help determine how much energy the body absorbs and how hungry or full you feel.
Probiotics can reduce the number of calories you absorb from food, correct levels of hormones and proteins related to appetite and fat storage, as well as reduce inflammation, which can be a defining factor in obesity.
So replenishing the body with "good" bacteria is a must to losing weight.
With that being said . . . not all "probiotics" are alike . . .
And we have "pre"biotics and "pro"biotics. With "pre" being the food for "pro".
So unless you're taking a "pre" with your "pro" . . . you're kind of wasting your money.
The same goes for "spore" forming or "not".
If you take a regular "pro"biotic and its "not" spore forming . . . only about 20% of those cultures are actually getting to the intestines because our stomach acid has burnt the other 80% up before they could do their job.
Whereas . . . spore forming "pro"biotics are heat resistant and can make it through the stomach acid.
But we'll continue this discussion about "good" bacteria and probiotics a little later on.
Next . . . we need to talk about the final part of my formula.
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