Poor digestion is a huge factor in today's world when it comes to unhealthy lifestyles. Poor digestion can negatively impact your quality of life. Unfortunately, most people do not understand the connection of your digestive tract and your immune system. Research shows that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. If you have a bad gut, you most likely have just as bad of an immune system. When your digestion suffers, so does your overall health!
Having a poor digestive tract can make it difficult to absorb nutrients from the food we consume, extract essential nutrients, and help fight off harmful toxins. Nutritional deficiencies are seemingly becoming more and more common in everyday life. The buildup of toxic matter inside the intestines promotes the growth of harmful microbes, which set the stage for indigestion and more serious digestive disorders later on in life. This toxic build-up can contaminate the bloodstream and make digestion harder than normal and progressively not as efficient.
It's simply stated that one of the main reasons why so many people have digestion problems is because of a microbial imbalance between good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria promotes diseases and infirmity, while the good bacteria promotes healthy digestion, along with the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals; and to help eliminate toxins. These friendly microbes are also commonly known as probiotics, which literally means, " for life". Some of the main ways people harm their good bacteria are air pollution, SAD diet (Standard American Diet), stress, and most importantly the exposure to antibiotics. All of these things kill off the probiotics that you need in your system to improve your digestive health, and eventually overall health.
There are many probiotic products out on the market, but just like any other product, there are ones that work, and ones that don't. The difference is you need to know which ones are worth your money, and which ones are a waste. Bacteria are very sensitive, so extreme temperatures, pasteurization, heat treatment, and using freeze-dried processing may kill the good bacteria. When bacteria are tampered with, and made into a capsule or powdered form, up to 90-95% may be killed during the process and only 5-10% may come back to life when consumed, that's if it makes it past the stomach acid. It doesn't matter how many millions, billions, or trillions of CFU's there are, what matters is how many are still alive and active.
So make sure when you shop for your new healthy lifestyle, look at the probiotic labels. Is it organic? Is it raw? Is it in an all natural liquid form or a capsule/powdered form? Which strains are they using? And most of all, does it work! Researching what you consume into your body is always a great idea. Learn about the wonderful God-given probiotics and see what is out there! You'll be fascinated by how much one small thing, can impact your life in such a big and amazing way.