5 Ways Probiotics Protect Your Gut From Toxins.
Toxins, unfortunately, are everywhere. And, they can wreak havoc on your gut!
Do you suffer from unexplained headaches? Struggle with frequent colds and viral infections?
What about digestive issues like gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea?
Food and scent allergies or intolerances?
Yep, all linked to an abundance of toxins in your gut or your body as a whole.
And, we’ve not even included the laundry list of diseases and their lesser symptoms that stem from an imbalance in the bacteria within your gut (which can also stem from the exposure to and presence of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract).
So, enough with the gloom and doom! What can you do about it?
Probiotics naturally found in some foods and drinks and probiotics taken in supplement form can…
- protect against disease
- fight inflammation
- protect and heal the lining of your gut
- rid your body of toxins
- help you absorb vital nutrients
…and more, by protecting your gut from toxins and creating a balance between the good and bad bacteria that reside there in your digestive tract.
So, let’s explore exactly how probiotics benefit you by protecting your gut from toxins.
Toxins In Your Body
There are two types of toxins that can affect your body. Those that come from without, and those that come from within.
Toxins that come from outside of your body include some foods, over the counter drugs, cleaning products, and personal care items.
The toxins that are produced within your body include waste, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid, all of which can be removed through normal processes by your cells, gut, and liver.
However, when your gut (or your digestive tract) is unhealthy, when your diet is filled with large amounts of processed, refined foods, and/or you are under a lot of emotional stress, the lining of your gut can become damaged and cause toxins within your gut to leak out into your body.
When these toxins reach your bloodstream, they can cause damage on the cellular level.
So, how can you facilitate health in your digestive tract (your gut) so that your body can effectively eliminate toxins and keep them from leaking into your bloodstream?
Of course, you can avoid refined and processed foods. You can get plenty of exercise. You can get quality, restful sleep. You can minimize emotional stress.
All of those things can benefit gut health. But, unfortunately, in today’s society, it can be difficult to avoid toxins altogether.
You can give your gut a fighting chance against toxins, both those you encounter outside of your body, and those naturally occurring within your body, by supplementing with probiotics.
What Are Probiotics?
To understand probiotics, first we need to go back to the subject of your gut.
We often refer to someone’s gut as excess weight around the abdominal region. But, we all have a gut, with or without excess abdominal fat. Your gut is just another name for your intestinal or digestive tract.
Your gut houses trillions of bacteria. And, this colony of bacteria, or microbiome, is made up of what are considered to be good and bad bacteria.
They are helpful to the duties of your digestive tract, and they play a huge role in your body’s overall ability to remain healthy.
In fact, more than 75% of your immune system is housed in your gut. Yep, it’s that important.
So, what role do probiotics play in the health of your gut?
The good and bad bacteria within your gut exist in a delicate balance. And, that scale balances out at a ratio of approximately 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria.
Probiotics are live, good bacteria, and yeasts.
You can ingest probiotics through foods and drinks like:
- some yogurts
Another way to both boost the good bacteria and balance the good and bad bacteria ratio in your gut is with probiotic supplements.
This balance is crucial to the health of your gut, your immune system, and truly your entire body.
Protecting Your Gut With Probiotics
A healthy gut, with a balance of good and bad bacteria, filters out toxins! While your liver is the main organ that works to rid your body of toxins, your gut bacteria are crucial in your liver’s ability to do so.
When your gut lining has been damaged, or is leaking, due to an imbalance in gut bacteria…
When your diet contains too many refined and processed foods (which promotes the growth of bad bacteria)…
When your gut contains inflammation…
When the food within your gut isn’t able to be broken down properly…
…your gut isn’t able to effectively remove toxins.
Ensuring the health of your gut is ensuring the health of your body as a whole.
And, probiotics play a huge role in facilitating a healthy gut!
1- Probiotics Aid In Protein Breakdown And Absorption
Probiotics help to absorb vitamins and minerals that your body needs. And, they improve how your body absorbs and uses protein.
Why does this matter in relation to the health of your gut?
When protein is not properly broken down within your digestive tract, inflammation occurs.
You experience pain, cramping, gas, and bloating as symptoms of the fact that your body is not properly able to break down the food in your gut. These symptoms are all the result of that inflammation.
Probiotics break down protein in your digestive system, keeping it from fermenting and reducing the toxins produced by the processes your body uses to absorb the needed elements of the protein.
2- Probiotics Keep Gut Bacteria Balanced
If your gut bacteria aren’t balanced, your liver has to work overtime just to do its job (detoxing).
Probiotics not only boost the amount of good bacteria within your gut, but they work to keep the growth of bad bacteria in check too.
Eating processed or sugary foods, not getting adequate sleep, stress, and the use of antibiotics can all cause an imbalance in the favor of bad bacteria in your gut.
Probiotics keep bad bacteria from growing out of control which in turn prevents your gut from being overrun with toxins.
3- Probiotics Keep Your Gut Lining Healthy
The lining of your gut is the barrier that keeps toxins and harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream.
This lining is made up of different kinds of cells. Probiotics support the health of these cells, helping them keep the gut barrier intact.
Probiotics boost the levels of good bacteria in your gut providing an acidic environment (which is normal and needed there) that kills off the toxins, germs, and allergens that threaten to damage your gut’s lining and leak into your bloodstream.
4- Probiotics Combat Toxic Gut Inflammation
Inflammation in the gut is like a chain reaction.
Toxins in the gut cause inflammation. And, inflammation in the gut disrupts its bacterial balance which causes the release of inflammatory chemicals.
This chain reaction of inflammation goes on throughout your body, becomes chronic and leads to disease.
In fact, chronic inflammation is at the root of:
- heart disease
- many (if not most) cancers
- bowel diseases
- autoimmune disorders, and more.
But, studies have shown that probiotic bacteria can both prevent and lessen inflammation in the digestive tract (gut), helping to shut down this chain reaction leading to dysfunction and ultimately disease.
5- Certain Strains Of Probiotics Actually Remove Toxins From Your Gut
Probiotic bacteria are generally classified into two categories: lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.
These two categories of bacteria make up several probiotic strains.
Some of these strains are responsible for filtering toxic heavy metals and preventing them from being absorbed by your body. These strains bind to those metals, allowing them to be flushed out.
Pesticides are toxins that are unfortunately in a large amount of our food supply. Due to cross contamination, even organic foods can sometimes be tainted with pesticides. Some probiotic strains work by prohibiting the absorption of these harmful toxins.
BPA is a toxin that is found in many plastics, including food storage containers (which is one way these toxins can enter our bodies). Specific probiotic strains decrease your body’s ability to absorb BPA and increase your body’s ability to excrete it.
Toxins disturb the delicate balance of bacteria within the gut. An imbalanced gut:
- is taxing on your liver (your body’s main organ responsible for detoxification)
- triggers an overreaction from your immune system leading to chronic inflammation
- leads to improper and insufficient absorption of proteins and needed vitamins and nutrients
- hinders needed responses from your immune system towards germs and allergens
Probiotics not only work to filter some of these toxins out of your body, but they also counteract the damage that they can cause within the gut by inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.
Probiotics keep the lining of your gut healthy, strong, and can even repair parts of this barrier that have been damaged which keeps bad bacteria and toxins from leaking out into your bloodstream.
Probiotics balance the microbiome of your gut to keep your body healthy, free of inflammation and disease, and able to absorb and use nutrients.
The probiotic that we offer here at Perfect Origins contains 15 unique probiotic strains that:
- help to break down and filter out harmful toxins from your body
- repair damage that has occurred in the lining of your gut
- protect and maintain the gut barrier or lining
- support the balance of bacteria within your gut boosting good bacteria and inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria
- promote healthy immune responses
- regulate inflammation in the gut
- support proper nutrient absorption
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