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How to Identify Poor Gut Health, and How to Fix it

Recent studies have indicated that the gut contributes to our health and well-being in more ways than we ever thought possible. If you are experiencing a decrease in mood, nutrient deficiencies, bloating, and irregular bathroom habits, you may be suffering from poor gut health. Stress The most important thing to recognize is the gut is a stress-depleting system. This means that when we are stressed, the gut suffers! This can result in a variety of symptoms such as gas, bloating, and acid reflux. Probiotics can help support your gut during times of high-stress. If you know there will be a turbulent period ahead, consider taking a probiotic supplement. On top of probiotics, managing stress levels should also be a priority. Bloating Feeling bloated is uncomfortable, and can impact appetite. There...

Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

There is no shortage of research on how our gut microbiome influences our health. With over 35,000 research articles published to date, the use of prebiotics and probiotics have been implicated in treating a host of issues — allergies, anxiety, sleep, skin conditions, and diseases that affect the intestines (Crohn's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, etc).   Maintaining a healthy balance of the 1,000+ different species in your microbiome can play a central role in your overall health. While both pre- and probiotics work to support your gut health, they do so in slightly different ways. Let's dive in and see how they each work to help your gut health. Prebiotics Prebiotics are mostly plant fibers that can be consumed via foods (chia seeds, oats, greens) or supplements (psyllium, beta-glucan, guar...