Prebiotics and Probiotics: Why You Need Both for a…

The foods we eat are a lot like seeds, which need to be planted into healthy soils (our digestive systems) in order to grow and bear fruit. We also have gut microflora and various other intestinal elements that act as “water” and “sunlight” to support a bounteous “yield.” In this case the successful digestive conversion of the foods we eat into the substances our bodies need to generate muscle tissue, cellular matrices, energy, and the various other building blocks of life. But what about the fertilizer? It’s something that’s rarely talked about when dealing with the issue of digestive health. Most of the focus centers around probiotics − the “soil” in our digestive tracts that works in tandem with enzymes, bile, hydrochloric acid, and other digestive “juices” to process the foods we eat. As it turns out, probiotics require their own food or “fertilizer” in order to function properly, and many people aren’t getting enough of it to support a healthy microbiome. In other words, their “soils” are deficient or altogether dead, resulting in inadequate uptake and assimilation of nutrients. Without Prebiotics, Probiotics Can’t Do Their Job You’re probably already familiar with probiotics because they’ve gotten a lot

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What is Leaky Gut? Symptoms PLUS 7 Things to Avoid

I can think of least 50 people right now who would list digestive issues as their number one health complaint. Whether it is IBS, an ulcer, heartburn, bloating, unexplainable food intolerances or just a “sensitive gut,” it seems like everybody is dealing with some kind of digestive distress these days.Have you ever stopped to consider why?Sadly, what a lot of people don’t know is that seemingly “normal” digestive upset may be a sign of a more serious issue: leaky gut. This term may sound strange, but it can also be serious.I am so proud of our efforts at TTAC to empower YOU with your health. And knowing the whys, hows, and consequences of leaky gut are so important to continue to learn about.The Importance of a Healthy Digestive SystemIn a nutshell: your digestive system is VITAL for your overall health. It is within your digestive system where most of the nutrients you take in are absorbed. In addition, your upper gastrointestinal tract contains most of your entire body’s immune system cells – roughly 80%! Scientists have begun to refer to the gut as your “second brain.” The digestive system also interacts with hundreds of hormones in the body by way

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