Keto Loves Friendly Bacteria In The Gut
If you were a health food person, like I have been for decades, you already know about friendly bacteria in the intestines.
If you didn’t know, there are a lot of bacteria that are friendly and good for us. In fact, they are necessary for our bodies to function.
We have up to 5.3 pounds of bacteria in our intestines alone.
There are certain types of bacteria that are only supposed to be in the small intestine. There are other types of bacteria that are only supposed to be in the large intestine.
If they move out of their designated area, it causes lots of digestive problems. Yes, that’s right, even bacteria have designated areas.
Our bodies have a fascinating inter-locked relationship with bacteria, good and bad. There are up to 100 TRILLION! As you can see, Keto Loves Friendly Bacteria In The Gut!
What does this mysterious “friendly bacteria” do down there?
It helps us process and use the nutrients we eat.
We need the bacteria for healthy absorption of foods. This is one reason to use antibiotics as little as possible. Don’t just take them like candy, take them when you really need them. The friendly bacteria will be killed off by antibiotics, and it takes time to get back to normal
The entire group of friendly bacteria as a whole, is called the microbiome. It is linked to every system in the body. Studies have proven that it affects even mental health. When the gut is healthy, all the things the doctor looks for in your blood work improve. Like hormone balance, insulin sensitivity, and the big one, metabolic flexibility.
You know those people that are really set in their ways? They don’t want to hear about anything new. Well, your gut actually can get like that. It won’t be able to change when you need it to.
If you want your body to switch into Ketosis, it may resist.
It will have trouble converting fat into energy, and instead will store it as fat. Yikes! Not what we are trying to do here.
When your gut is healthy, your body is very flexible about switching from a carb based diet to Keto.
How do we get a healthy gut?
Well what do you know? A low carb diet is right at the top of the list of things that will give you a healthy gut! 😉
Doing the Keto diet will automatically change the body around so it is able to go into ketosis easier. What could be greater than that?
You can take an acidophilus ( or similar) pill. It will help, and really can’t hurt. Take note though, cheap probiotics are pretty worthless. Some of them have zero live bacteria. Here is a good brand that is not expensive at all. It has no dairy or soy, which is also important.
But the probiotic pills alone are not the answer. You can’t replenish your gut microbiome with the pills. The body has to do most of the work. The keto diet will make the gut heal itself and the microbiome. Keto Loves Friendly Bacteria In The Gut.
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