Probiotics- Gut Dysbiosis- And You!
Taking probiotic supplements has become very popular as of late. However, many people are unaware of the exact reason why they should be or are taking them. Probiotic supplementation has become synonymous with a healthy gut, but what exactly does a healthy get mean? Or maybe more importantly what is an unhealthy gut?
An unhealthy gut can come from a variety of stresses: Chemical, Emotional and Physical.
Chemical stresses can come in the form of food such as soda, alcohol, fast food, fried foods, salty and sweet treats.
Emotional stress is pretty obvious whether it be work, social or home life. In today’s fast paced society there can be a mountain of pressure placed on employees, husbands, wives, mothers and fathers.
Physical stress can be due to the gut over working or stagnation due to a lack of fiber.
These three in combination or individually can wreak havoc on the digestive system causing holes in the small and large intestine. Now I know what you’re thinking, Crohn’s or Diverticulitis, but actually, no. These are very, very small holes which allow for protein and other important nutrients to be lost. So unfortunately, when you do try to eat healthy (ouch! expensive) it’s for nothing. The nutrients are not being absorbed properly or at all so they become useless for repair of body tissues.
One stress in particular, can be especially damaging, chemical. Diet sodas, breads, sugars and anything that can broken down into a simple sugar can cause an outbreak of candida albicans.
Candida lives naturally in the gut but when it is fed more than it should be, it can grow to dangerous levels. These levels can lead to bloating, gas, and the gut dysbiosis we talked about earlier.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth:
4) 3pm crash
5) Cravings for sweets, chocolate
8) Brain Fog
9) Chronic inflammatory disease
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have candida overgrowth. This is a great reason to use probiotics!
Key Tips When Using Probiotics:
1) Strive for 10-15 billion cultures- I know it sounds like a lot but the more the better
2) There should be as many different cultures in there as possible- so look for lots of names that are hard to pronounce like lactobacillus acidophilus
3) Quality is important, use good quality brands that do not use fillers that could be laden with gluten.
4) Be consistent- try to use probiotics daily in order for the good bacteria to multiply and become effective.
5) Cut down on sugars, fake sugars, and carbs- start incorporating more veggies and lean proteins into your diet.
Controlling candida overgrowth can take some time, so be patient and be consistent.
As always, if you are unsure about what supplements to use, consult your doctor first.
About the Author:
Dr. Morgan Crowley has her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. She is committed to providing her community both locally and at large with quality information that they can use in their own personal lives. She resides in Mount Pleasant, SC with her two dogs and enjoys running her Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic office, Weight Loss Coaching, and Blogging. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected] or feel free to check out her blog at www.theeverydayhealth.com .