How are your guts?

Healthy Gut….apparently the way to our hearts is through our stomachs!  Maintaining a healthy gut, IE healthy flora, is key to an entire list of benefits.  Favorable results include, weight loss, decrease incidence of disease such as diabetes and fatty liver.  Our bodies are essentially on large living breathing organism made up of all sorts of bacteria.  Some in large amounts are dangerous and make us sick, whereas others when present in abundance keep us well.  The term probiotic come from the word “for life.”  Over 6000 different kinds reside in our gut!

Bacteria are constantly competing for dominance good vs. bad if you will.  It is a living microorganism, which means it does die off.  However probiotic isn’t done yet.  After the organism dies the cell disintegrates releasing post biotic.   “postbiotics provide crucial nutrition to good bacteria, further encouraging an environment where healthy bacteria thrive in competition with harmful ones.”  Having a healthier gut will help you properly digest and use the nutrients we athletes are so desperately consuming.  Helps you get the most out of your diet.

“Additional benefits to athletes from better gut health include the reduction in severity of upper respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal distress, and better regulation of muscle-wasting stress hormone cortisol.”  So how does one get back to a healthy gut?  Decrease stress, remove food toxins from your diet, take a quality probioitic, eat foods high in fiber, and treat any intestinal parasites.

A few terms to be familiar with…

Probiotics:

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are most often referred to as “friendly” or “good” bacteria. In adequate supplemental amounts, they offer health benefits to the gut, including restoration of intestinal microbiota balance. They can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt, miso, and kimchi. Examples include lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis.

Prebiotics:

A prebiotic is a selectively fermented ingredient that acts as a food source to probiotics, which in turn promote growth of gastrointestinal microflora. Examples of prebiotics are inulin and trans galactooligosaccharides (trans-GOS).

Synbiotics:

A synbiotic is a supplement that combines a probiotic and a prebiotic. The pairing increases the population and/or the function of the probiotic.

Postbiotics:

A postbiotic is a metabolic byproduct generated by a probiotic organism throughout its lifespan. It is thought to be able to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract, bolster the immune system, and aid digestion and absorption of various minerals and amino acids. Examples of postbiotics are soluble factors, peptides, bacteriocins, and organic acids.

Workout

Complete The Following For Time: (Compliments Of Wodapalooza Team Qualifier 2016)
60 Pull-Ups
30 Power Snatches (135/95Lbs)

 

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