Many of us think our gut is just to digest food.
Our GI tract is actually MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally a second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of our immune system.
Within the gut resides roughly 100 TRILLION living bacteria(1)...
That’s more than 10 times the number of cells we have in our bodies – and maintaining the ideal ratio of good bacteria (known as probiotics) to bad bacteria is absolutely essential to protect our health and further along our fat loss goals.
In fact, there are hundreds of studies linking inadequate probiotic levels to more than 170 different health issues, including obesity and weight gain.
Almost every study performed on the obese population analyzing gut bacteria found higher instances of “bad” bacteria and lower levels of probiotics (again, the “good” bacteria) within these individuals.
The ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1.
But due to lifestyle and environmental factors, most of us are severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria and our “gut flora ratio” is completely out of whack.
Lifestyle and environmental factors include exposure to:
So unless we maintain a 100% organic diet, completely avoid all sugar, and only consume the purest of air at all times, it is almost certain that our gut flora balance is instable and we need to do something about it on a daily basis.
Can we really afford to neglect our gastrointestinal health much longer?