My advice to my clients
When I first meet with clients and make adjustments for personal needs and nutritional deficiencies I typically suggest two supplements to kick start their journey to better health. Most people eat what we call the Standard American Diet (SAD for short…no, the irony is not lost on me). The SAD diet is typically very high in processed carbohydrates (breads, chips, crackers, pizza, bagels, etc) and very low in good, healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nuts etc). In addition, the consumption of fermented food is near extinction. When was the last time you ate sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, or drank a kombucha? These foods are a huge source of probiotics; the good bacteria that creates a happy gut, thus a happy and health you.
When we eat a SAD diet the highly processed carbs and low fat create a less flexible cellular membrane. What does that mean to you? Do you feel sluggish and “foggy”? What could be happening is the nutrients you are consuming are not getting into your cells properly due to the rigidity of your cell membranes. Thus, negatively effecting your energy production. All of our source of energy is produced in our mitochondria…which are located in our cells. Poor use of our nutrients AND low energy production? Recipe for disaster. In addition, the low fat diet triggers your body to HANG ON to any of the fat you do have as an innate response to protect itself. This could be a whole other article and will be addressed in full then. However, just know, low fat diet equals a more tired, more “rounded” you.
So where to probiotics come into play? Probiotics are part of what is called your microbiome. Think of a microbiome as your internal self. The microbiome is made up of millions of bacteria. Some good, some bad. We need more of the good guys than the bad guys. Probiotics are the good guys. Probiotics have been found to have positive impact on your gut health (think less diarrhea, less bloat, less stomach aches, less colds and sickness). Studies are coming out with strong evidence that your gut health has a direct connection to your mental health as well. Probiotics may help lessen anxiety and more! Probiotics can naturally be found in some foods such as sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, kimchi, and the more popular kombucha.
These two things are the top 2 directives I give my clients. Each person is different so the amount of healthy fats (easily obtained in fish oil) and probiotics may be different for each person. However, adding these two nuggets to your health journey may just give you the spring board you need to feeling better. And that is what this is all about; becoming the best version of you.
I am not a medically trained professional and do not seek to provide medical advice. Please speak with your doctor before starting any nutrition plan.