Are Belly Bugs Making You Fat?

belly crampAre you bloated, constipated and full of gas??? Know how to get rid of it, for good? For years I struggled with intestinal issues and extra belly-fat. After adding probiotic supplements and high-fiber foods, these problems are gone!!! There is a great article in the April issue of More Magazine that explains why. Here is a quick summary: First, there is electrical communication between the brain in your head and the one in your digestive tract. (Who knew? — Guess this is what the butterflies in the stomach are about…) Second, the brain in the gut is made-up of a network of nerves in the digestive tract. Researchers have discovered a new player in the second-brain — the trillon little bacteria that live mainly in the inner walls of the large intestine. Current medical research is showing that probiotics do amazing things for us — beyond restoring the good bacteria balance we need and helping us absorb our nutrients, they can contribute to lowering stress and disease and helping us lose weight. A French study-team, led by Michael Messaoudi, the scientific and medical director of ETAP, a research lab in France, says his studies are showing that, even as the brain alters gut action, so the gut alters the brain. Researchers have known for years that stress can change the bacterial conditions. When your big brain senses a threat, glands pump out stress hormones that trigger several chemical responses in your gut. This can alter the balance of good and bad bacteria. Most of us are under so much stress that is no wonder we are gassy, constipated and bloated!

The right strains of probiotics are the Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus. I take a supplement with 12 Billion live bacteria made-up of both of these, every other day! What a difference it has made! You also need to feed the little buggers — they like soluble fiber from foods like: oatmeal, chicory, bananas, wheat, garlic, onions, flaxseed, artichokes, barley, legumes and raw dandelion greens. We are supposed to consume 30-35 grams of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, a day. Most Americans get less than half that amount. For that reason I also snack on raw veggies, whole fruit and high-fiber nutrition bars.

You can get probiotics naturally from these sources: yogurt with “live” or “active” cultures, kefir, cheese, sauerkraut and kimchi. But, as I am dairy-intolerant and do not care for sauerkraut or kimchi, I take mine in a powdered form, mixed with a cold drink. The research also says you have to avoid a hot drink for one hour after dosing with your probiotics.

I encourage you to add a good probiotic/prebiotic program to your regimen. It will help you feel great, look great and fend-off illness (I have not been sick for years, since starting on this daily program….)

Here is to your health! Be Lean and Strong at Any Age!

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