Gut Check: The Macro Benefits of a Healthy Microbiome

We recognize the power of our gut when we say things like: Listen to your gut instincts. Go with your gut. Feel it in your gut.

The truth is…

The benefits of a healthy gut extend far beyond just an effective digestive tract.

Healthy immune system:

Seventy percent of your body’s immune cells live in your gut. 1, 2 A healthy gut can help to improve your overall health by leaps and bounds.3

Improved mood:

A healthy human microbiome consists of 10-100 trillion microorganisms.4 Some of these bacteria are known for secreting serotonin3—the feel good chemical.5

Just how much serotonin is produced in your gut? A whopping 90 percent of your body’s mood-boosting serotonin is produced in your gut.

Weight management:

Regular consumption of probiotics contributes to healthy weight management.

The microbes in our gut produce even smaller molecules that are then sent to our blood. These smaller molecules boost the metabolism. And, the effect of isn’t minuscule; females using probiotics during a study lost 4 pounds more during a 12-week period.6

Overall health:

One of the most popular “good” bacterium, lactobacillus, helps the body to maintain overall good health.

In addition to regulating the digestive tract, lactobacillus also produces lactase and vitamin K, both of which are necessary to maintain good health.7

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