Okay . . . so today we're talking about the letter "V" . . . in my formula to optimal health.
So what are these "VERY" small microorganisms I speak of???
Well . . . that would be . . . "PROBIOTICS"
And to understand why we need them . . . we first . . . need to understand the "mechanics" of our "intestines" . . . meaning how they actually work!
Okay . . . so we all know that the "large intestine" . . . better known as the "large bowel" . . . is the "last" part of the gastrointestinal tract.
And the "purpose" of the "large" intestine is to . . . absorb water and electrolytes . . . produce and absorb vitamins . . . and form and eliminate our poop.
Okay . . . so the "large" intestine houses the "largest" amount of bacteria in the body . . . both "good" and "bad" bacteria.
And we "need" both for optimal health.
BUT . . . we need the "GOOD" . . . to outweigh the "BAD".
This is the delicate "ratio" for optimal health and weight!
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 run amuck . . . 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" of any bacteria.
And now . . . 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 we feel.
Consuming "probiotics" can "reduce" the number of calories we 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.
Now . . . with that being said . . . not all "probiotics" are alike . . .
You see . . . most "probiotics" are NOT heat resistant to our stomach acids and get "burnt" up before they can even reach our "intestines" . . . and "boom" we just wasted our money.
However . . . a "spore-forming" probiotic "IS" heat resistant and "CAN" make it through the heat of the stomach acids.
And therefore . . . mission accomplished and no money lost.
So next, we'll finish this week with the letter "E"
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