The week after Thanksgiving, I had some “gut issues”, including lots of gurgling sounds, a burning sensation in my stomach, and feeling bloated. Being a hypochondriac, I freaked out (Did I have worms? Could it be a tumor? Am I going to die?!). After talking to friends and debating whether to visit my doctor; Liza (one of my closest friends who happens to be a doctor), suggested that I simply take an antacid. That helped but didn’t completely resolve the issue. As luck would have it, I was invited the following week to a blogger lunch with Celebrity Chef Elie Krieger to talk about gut health.
Over a healthy lunch of salad greens, we discussed our guts and also learned the basics of probiotics. I learned some interesting facts. For example, did you know there are more than 100 trillion live cultures of many diverse strains that live inside your digestive tract? Also 70% of the immune system is located in the intestinal tract. It turns out that seven out of 10 women have a digestive/gut issue and two in three women ( 64 percent) aren’t comfortable talking about it with their friends (I guess I’m not one of them). See below to learn more about what you could do to maintain a healthy gut.
Since so much of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, Chef Ellie recommends taking a probiotic supplement to help help support your immune system. She also suggests adding fermented foods in your diet since they are rich in probiotics. For example, kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and tempeh. Make sure that those products haven’t been heated to a high temperature because high temperatures will kill bacteria.
How to choose the right probiotic:
- Look for Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli – the good bacteria found most often in a healthy gut
- Start off with 15 – 30 billion bacteria culture.
As the year is ending and the new year is coming up, I really want to make sure my health is at its optimum. Renew Life Probiotics has been producing probiotics supplements for over twelve years. I was given a sample of the Ultimate Flora Women’s Care Probiotic 25 Million. I look forward to trying and will update with any results that I see.
** Consult with a medical professional before taking any nutritional supplements.
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