How To Get Gut Healthy with Ora Probiotics
By Nicole Charky
Your gut health is often referred to as "the gateway to health" and "the second brain" because it can be influenced by more than what you eat and it can influence more than your usual stomach problems. Like any issue with your health, it’s important to have a holistic approach in your understanding of it and in your approach to improving it.
You gut is full of bacteria – the good kind and the less-than-good kind. To be healthy, your gut bacteria should be balanced, and you can play a key part in making sure that happens.
One way to get the good kind of bacteria your gut needs is by taking a probiotic. Probiotics are living microorganisms. Inside our digestive tracts we have microbes—think of probiotics as similar to the microbes already in your gut. The group of microbes in your digestive tract are called your microbiome and are tied to your immune system, digestion, moods, nutrient creation and play a role in allergic reactions, as well as viral, bacterial, fungal and yeast infections.
You can take a probiotic supplement in different forms. Our friends at Ora make a probiotic with prebiotics capsule and powder. We love them both! Swallow the capsule with water just like a pill. Add the powder to your routine by mixing it with a little water or into a simple smoothie. Today we’re talking all about the powder, even though most tips apply to both.
HOW IT WORKS
Stress, food, alcohol, exercise, medications and antibiotics can throw off our microbiome balance. So a probiotic can help restore balance to the microbiome by reintroducing a similar bacteria. Probiotics can help reduce inflammation and aid in the absorption of nutrients.
HOW TO GIVE IT A TRY
When it comes to taking probiotics, timing is important. You can take your probiotic anytime of day, however it’s recommended to take it either before or with a meal. As living organisms, probiotics need food, water, and warmth to thrive, so your empty stomach might not be the most welcoming environment for those little probiotics first thing in the morning.
If you’re a probiotic virgin, you should know that taking a probiotic isn’t always glamorous at first. Sometimes there’s gas. Sometimes there’s bloating. Sometimes there’s stomach cramping. It’s all part of a scientific phenomenon called “The Herxheimer Reaction.” To over simplify, these symptoms are signs that your gut is working to get healthy. While it’s all a normal part of the experience, there are some things you can do to ease some of those symptoms:
Eat detoxifying and anti-inflammatory foods.
Consume warm or room temperature liquids.
Dry brush to stimulate lymphatic toxic release.
Mix 1 scoop of the prebiotic with probiotic powder with 1.5 oz of water or into a smoothie. Here are a few of Ora’s recipes!
Spiced Chai Smoothie Bowl - frozen bananas, cauliflower, nut milk and spices
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie - apple, cauliflower, banana, cinnamon and almond milk
Berry Tasty Probiotic Bowl - blueberries, strawberries, apple, and baobab powder
By using Ora’s Probiotic Blend, you can add a mix of probiotics for improved digestive health, immune function, mood balance, hair and skin health. It can also help with pathogen fighting support when it comes to candida, yeast, bacterial and viral.
Some people experience gut health improvement without necessarily noticing a big difference in how they feel day-to-day. What’s important to remember is that you’re taking care of your health, even if it’s not as obvious.
As you begin to include a probiotic into your nutrition, remember to stick with it! Give it a few weeks and track how it’s making you feel. Spend a few minutes each day to note any benefits you’re seeing, as well as any side effects.
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