Spring cleanses and detoxes focus on improving digestion and gut health for better overall health. But if your gut is already healthy, why fix something that's not broken?
*** 5 Signs Your Gut Is Healthy (and Doesn’t Need a Juice Cleanse) **
YOU FEEL ENERGETIC
The bacteria in your gut is linked to your energy levels. People who expend energy through exercise have been found to have healthier guts than those who are sedentary.
YOU SLEEP WELL
Research suggests that good sleep and a good gut go hand-in-hand. In fact, the bacteria in your gut are integral to keeping your circadian rhythm on track and your anxiety—which keeps you up counting sheep—at bay.
YOU HAVE CLEAR SKIN
Clear skin without blemishes often means your gut is healthy—and acne can serve as a big, red sign that your gut health is off.
YOU HAVE HEALTHY STOOLS
Stools should be soft and in a well-formed, long tube shape with no blood, mucous, or undigested food.
YOU HAVE EASY, REGULAR ELIMINATION
Elimination should be easy, without strain, and regular for you (the average is 1-2 times a day, but if you go more or less and always have, that’s totally okay).
So how did you score?
If you think your gut might be out of whack but still don't want to do a juice cleanse, there are other options. One of the most important things you can do is feed the good bacteria that’s in your gut. That’s right—there are good bacteria!
MicroFood—also known as prebiotics—are digestion-resistant carbohydrates that provide nourishment to the bacteria in your lower digestive tract. MicroFood occurs naturally in fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi, as well as heirloom-wheat sourdough bread—foods that were once staples of the human diet. When you take a daily dose of microFood, you are feeding these good bacteria that are otherwise starving.
There are two ways to get enough microFood to feed the good bacteria in your gut:
EAT FERMENTED FOODS
Eat several servings a day of fermented vegetables like pickles, sauerkraut, or kimchi, or sourdough breads made from heirloom wheat.
TAKE A MICROFOOD SUPPLEMENT
Take a microFood prebiotic supplement like ISOThrive that has been made through natural fermentation and directly feeds the good bacteria in your gut.
“Your first prebiotic was in your mother’s breast milk,” says John Selling, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Stanford Medical School and advisor to ISOThrive [www.isothrive.com]. “We were born with the need for prebiotics and should continue to support our bacterial growth throughout life. MicroFood supplements like ISOThrive can help you do this.”
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