Many people don’t know this, but our health is largely determined by what’s taking place in our gut. There are one hundred trillion friendly microbes that are actually at work to keep us healthy. I can’t even get my head around one million, much less 100 trillion!
When we have more pathogenic bacteria than good bacteria in our gut we have what is called dysbiosis, which means our gut is out of balance because the pathogenic microbes are calling the shots. Three out of five people have this imbalance. The key is to bring the gut biome into balance.
Prebiotics are like super foods that promote the growth of beneficial microbes in the gut. They change the ratio of the good bacteria to the pathogenic ones.
In Plexus Slim we have the ingredient Xylooligosaccharides (XOS- for short) which is a prebiotic that selectively feeds the beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacterium and lactobacilli within the digestive tract.
Are you ready for this? Scientists found that the XOS when combined with the polyphenols found in the green coffee beans, resulted in a huge increase of both the Bifidobacterium & Lactobacillus.
Studies showed that Xylooligosaccaride (XOS) actively feeds & activates the Lactobacillus by 365 times which is a 36,000% increase. Wow!
XOS activates the Bifidobacterim by 290 times which is important for your immune system & digestive health. Imagine that!
XOS activates Akkermansia by 250 times. This is another good gut microbe that impacts your disruptive metabolism associated with weight & the function of the immune system. Talk about synergy. What a trio!
Your Gut is Lined with Mucus that serves as a gut barrier and as a source of food for gut bacteria like Akkermansia Muciniphila which is a mucus degrading bacterium. As it breaks down the mucus lining, it stimulates mucus production, which keeps the gut barrier strong and stable.
Without that strong, stable gut barrier, unwanted toxins could move from the gut into the bloodstream, causing a whole new set of health problems.
So, it’s the synergy of the Akkermansia, the Lactobacillus & Bifidobacterium which is causing these powerful changes in our health. These microbes also create short chain fatty acids which increases butyrate & propionate, & have been shown to improve overall gastrointestinal health.
79% of our cell’s immune system is in our gut, & these good microbes are essential for our immune system to operate correctly. They create vitamin B12, vitamin K & folate.
90% of the serotonin produced in the body is found in the gut, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating appetite, mood, sleep, and relaxation. Gut bacteria significantly influences the communication between the brain and the gut which is why it’s called the gut brain axis.
When the gut is full of healthy bacteria, it has the potential to regulate mood and positive feelings. Beneficial bacteria in the gut will increase receptors in the brain like dopamine which boots motivation & GABA to alleviate mood disorders like chronic depression.
I hope this short post has given you a better understanding about the importance of gut health, & using Plexus Slim is definitely a starting point, because boosting your gut health with beneficial bacteria will not only improve digestion, but it can benefit your mood!
Looking forward to connecting with you soon.
Love & Blessings,
P.S. I’m offering a complementary 30 minute Gut Health Clarity one on one session.