Gut Health

Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated but it can be challenging. There is so much conflicting advice in magazines and online. Every celebrity has a recipe book full of their version of healthy eating. New “miracle diets” pop up every year. How on earth can we can make good choices for ourselves?

Good health is about making the right choices with dietary habits, exercise,  and nutritional supplements for overall health inside and out. Your body works as a system where every function is connected, and diet and nutrition play a crucial role in how you feel on the inside and how you look on the outside.

Learn more about your microbiome, how to maintain a healthy gut and how Arbonne can support your healthy living goals.

Your Microbiome

Until recently we’d never heard of the microbiome. And if we had, we’d have thought it was something to do with space travel! Now it’s everywhere. In just a few years we have discovered a whole new frontier – inside our own bodies. We are no longer amazed when we’re told that we host around 30 – 40 trillion bacteria inside our gut. (I don’t think anyone’s actually counted them so we can’t be very accurate!)

Many of us suffer from low-level, chronic conditions caused by the food we eat.  It is now understood that our gut is the “headquarters” of our health. It controls not only how healthy our cells are, but also how we feel, how we look,  how much energy we have, our weight….  In fact it seems to have a hand in every single aspect of our daily lives. And what we put in there, really matters.

Our gut is full of bacteria, fungi and other single-cell organisms and they are HUNGRY. They want our food. And when we feed them, they get very active.  Some of the bacteria do things which help us – they keep the gut clean, repair leaks in the gut wall, help us get more nutrition from the food we eat. They cause hormones to be released which make us feel happy. They help us have clear skin, bright eyes and a spring in our step.

But, as with all things in life, there’s a downside. We also harbour bacteria which do things with a negative impact – damage to the gut wall, cause inflammation contributing to conditions like Crohns and IBS, make us bloated and uncomfortable. They can make us feel depressed, lethargic and unhappy. They can cause disease as well as major skin issues. And they make us fat.

 

Dueling Dragons

There’s a great legend which tells of a grandfather teaching his grandson about how to live his life.  “A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy. “It’s a terrible fight between two dragons. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, and compassion. The same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thinks for a minute and then asks, “Which wolf will win?” The old man replies, “The one you feed.”

The grandfather from long ago may not have known about the microbiome, but he was describing it in all it’s beauty and darkness.  Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine said “All disease starts in the gut”. He may not have been totally accurate but he was pretty close.

There is a constant war going on in your gut between good and evil.  Good bacteria are overcoming the bad and spreading health and happiness. Or the bad bacteria are getting the upper hand causing death and destruction in your gut and making your life a misery.  The balance is constantly shifting, affected by many external influences – infections, illnesses, pollution – but mostly by what we choose to put into our bodies. And whoever is winning the war in your insides today is controlling your life.

Good Gut Days

When we talk about good days and bad days, perhaps we should really be saying “my gut is giving me a good / bad day”.

What kind of day is your gut giving you today?  Let’s make sure tomorrow is a “good gut day”.

Feeding your Friends

When you have friends around for dinner, you aim to serve up something you hope they will like. You want them to enjoy themselves, stick around, tell other people what a great host you are. And your friendly bacteria are no different.  They have their preferences so make sure you are nourishing them. You want the good bacteria strong, well-fed and flourishing. This keeps the bad bacteria at a low level (we never get rid of them) and stops them doing too much damage.

So where can you buy “bacteria food”? Here’s a hint. It’s not in the pet food section.

Your good bacteria just loves fibre. Yummy fibre.  Almost any fibre. So eating wholefoods – fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, wholegrain cereals are going to delight your friends.  They will grow strong and stay in control.

Eating highly processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, eggs is a signal for the baddies to show up to the table, They’ll gorge themselves, multiply and, very quickly become the dominant influence. And that spells trouble!

Nobody is saying you have to go vegan for the rest of your life in order to be healthy.  It’s all about tipping the scales in favour of your good bacteria.  Making sure they are thriving and being well-nourished. As long as they are more  much prevalent than the bad guys, you’re in a good place.

How Can Arbonne Help?

Arbonne is the No. 1 Global Brand for Healthy Living Inside & Out.

We provide nutrition and food supplements to help the body achieve and maintain optimum health.

Probiotics & Prebiotics.

Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria. Probiotics add to the natural good bacteria lost every day. They reinforce the army of good bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics act as a fertilizer for existing good bacteria. Essentially the prebiotics feed the natural good bacteria in the digestive tract by acting as a ‘food’ for them.

By combining both probiotics and prebiotics together, there is a higher chance of multiplying and maintaining good bacteria in your gut.  Digestion Plus is a daily supplement which gets these bacteria safely to where they need to be. It combines Prebiotic and Probiotic  in a form that makes it through to the small intestine. It also contains enzymes to assist with the breakdown and absorbtion of essential nutrients

Fibre

Most people become aware of a lack of fibre in their diet when they become constipated.  But fibre does much more than help you go to the loo more comfortably. It can help lower high cholesterol, aid and maintain weight loss, keep blood sugars more constant and, of course feed our triliions of good bacteria.

Dietary fibre, also known as roughage or bulk, includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine and colon and out of your body.

Most people in the UK and USA are getting less than half the recommended daily intake of fibre. And as we learn more about the essential part it plays in our health this is becoming a major issue.

Arbonne’s Fibre Support provides nearly half the recommended amount of fibre. It is tasteless and easy to include it every day, as a stand-alone drink or added to any hot or cold food or drink.