IN YOUR DAILY DOSE today is news from Chalmers University about the role bacteria in your gut plays in your weight loss efforts. The number, type and balance also has something to do with your immune system and your ability to utilize some drugs prescribed by your physician.
IN MAKING CHANGES you’ll find 5 things you can do to improve your gut microbiome, improve your immune system, lose weight and improve your health.
IN FACT OR FICTION today is an interesting fact about sharks that can live in salt water and fresh!
In The News
Although life-saving, antibiotics do more than just kill the bacteria making you sick. They also create an imbalance in the bacteria living in your gut. These bacteria are called your gut microbiome, and have a significant effect on your immune system and your ability to lose weight.
New research from Chalmers University has demonstrated that the bacteria in your stomach has a very effect on the modified diet you eat and the weight loss results you will achieve. They have developed a mathematical calculation that has made it possible to predict how different people respond to different diets.
There can be up to 1,000 different types of bacteria and microorganisms in the gut that take part in metabolism and digestion. The composition varies for a complex number of reasons. Among other factors, the researchers were able to demonstrate that people with a low-diversity of bacteria will produce fewer amino acids following a specific diet. This has identified the role that bacteria play in digestion and metabolism.
According to the American Heart Association, there is also an association between the bacteria in your gut and your cholesterol levels. These little organisms are more important to your health than you might have imagined.
Daily Health Tip
Maintaining a diverse gut microbiome helps to support your immune system, keep you healthy and make it easier to maintain your weight. While there is nothing you can do about your past actions and decisions, there are things you can do starting today to increase the diversity and help support your digestive tract.
1. Include fermented foods in your daily nutritional plan. These foods you can make at home and naturally balance your gut microbiome.
2. Take a probiotic or prebiotic supplement daily if you do not eat fermented foods. These will help to re-establish a strong gut microbiome and protect your health.
3. Reduce the number of times you use antibiotics by protecting your health. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water daily, sleep at least 8 hours, eat a balanced diet, take a multivitamin and be sure to wash your hands after touching anything that might be contaminated by viruses or bacteria.
4. Don’t be fooled into thinking that eating a container of popular yogurt will improve your gut microbiome. You would need at least four containers a day, each of which contain more sugar than benefits.
5. Cut back on your sugar intake. It destroys the balance of bacteria in your gut and impairs your health.
My Daily Affirmation
Each work morning I wake up and go for a run. My focus is less about how far I run and more about making the time to relax. Running helps to prepare me for tough work days.
My morning run balances my thoughts and emotions. It allows me to go into work with a calm mindset. I am less likely to give in to stress when I make time for my morning run. I am ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
Fact Or Fiction?
Most sharks are salt water fish (they aren’t mammals) and can’t live in freshwater. Except for the Bull shark. These sharks can survive quite nicely in any degree of salinity. They prefer the shallow coastal waters and have been found as far upstream in the Amazon river as 100 miles. They’ve also been found in the Mississippi River from the Gulf Coast!
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team