In with the good and out with the bad

There are about 100 trillion bacteria in your gut. To put that into perspective, that’s more than 10,000 bacteria in your gut for every 1 person on earth. In fact, there are 100x more genes in your gut flora than there are in the rest of “you.” And we call this internal ecosystem your microbiome. So, now imagine that there are good bacteria that help your body and bad bacteria that can harm your body. Just like in any ecosystem, the more “good guys” you have and the less “bad guys” you have, the healthier the environment.

Having a healthy microbiome is essential for:

  • weight loss
  • good mood
  • deep sleep
  • productive energy
  • healthy skin
  • heart health
  • brain health
  • balanced immune system

On the contrary, an unhealthy microbiome can lead to:

  • a bloated stomach
  • a foggy brain
  • a clogged up body

Foods that are GOOD for Gut Health

  • Plant-based diet (organic) 
  • Fiber                           
  • Coconut Oil/Olive Oil/Grass-Fed Butter
  • Avocados/Fish Oil
  • Coffee/Black Tea
  • Nuts/Seeds/Berries
  • Fermented Foods (sauerkraut and kimchi)

Foods that are BAD for Gut Health

  • Food grown with pesticides
  • Artificial Sweeteners/Colors
  • Processed Vegetable Oil/Soybean Oil
  • Meat with added hormones/antibiotics
  • Chemicals/Genetically-modified ingredients
  • Food with added preservatives
  • Alcohol

Lifestyle that is GOOD for Gut Health

  • Exercise
  • Sleep

Lifestyle that is BAD for Gut Health

  • Sitting too much
  • Stress

The gut-brain connection

Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? Ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Ever get a “gut feeling” something was about to happen? Your gastrointestinal tract is very sensitive. It’s sensitive to what you eat, what you drink, and the feelings you have. If you are often angry, sad, or anxious, these negative emotions can have a negative effect on your gut health. And this connection goes the other way as well. If you are eating lots of chemicals that harm your gut flora, you are much more likely to experience negative emotions like anger, sadness, and anxiety.

This gut-brain connection is one of the fastest-growing fields of health and wellness. Prestigious universities such as Harvard Medical School as well as world-renowned hospitals like the Mayo Clinic are actively studying the health implications of the microbiome.

Add this to your daily routine

Let the “8” take care of what you ate. (And what you breathe.) Some of the stuff we eat should barely be considered food – artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, binders, fillers, hormones, herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, and genetically-modified ingredients invented in a lab and mass-produced in a factory instead of grown in a field. These synthetic food additives (as well as many of the airborne toxins in our modern world) attack the trillions of bacteria in your intestines which keep you healthy. Here is a simple and effective way to fight back!

Optimal Probiotic 8™ contains eight different strains of beneficial probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics. (Yes, postbiotics are a thing.) Every capsule is loaded with 23 billion healthy bacteria, including our own patented strain of bacteria called Lactobacillus plantarum GKM3. Unlike most gut health products on the market, these bacteria are tested to arrive, alive! No need to refrigerate, this patented formula lasts on the shelf and is designed for the acidic gut environment.

† These product statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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