I can’t remember the last time that I was sick.
Sometimes, when I’m tired and busy, I kind of wish that I could be (gently) struck down with a cold. Just for a day or two, so that I can eat chicken noodle soup and watch hours of Downton Abbey re-runs.
(The downside of living in sunny SoCal is that it’s hard to justify spending a day on the couch with a bowl of popcorn…I’m praying for a Saturday thunderstorm.)
But my immune system hasn’t always been strong. As a child I spent countless hours in the doctor’s office or emergency room with chest infections, and you could pretty much count on a bout of tonsillitis each year.
This meant dozens of courses of antibiotics, which did quite the number on the health of my gut.
So while I rarely get sick, I still occasionally find myself with a bloated belly or a sluggish digestive system. Fortunately this has improved out of sight over the past 18 months, thanks to a few new habits:
- I cook (or ferment) 80% of my vegetables — the raw stuff is a little hard for me to digest.
- I try to chew my food really well, and stay hydrated. Learn more about “How To Stop Constipation.”
- And I take probiotics and prebiotics each day, through a supplement or food.
Point #3 is is what I want to talk with you about today. In this video you’ll learn:
- What are probiotics and prebiotics, and why you need them
- And how do you make sure that you’re getting enough of each every day
Having a healthy gut and well functioning digestive system makes a HUGE difference to how you look and feel. So I’ve created a quick-to-read cheat sheet with 8 tips for boosting your metabolism and improving your digestion.
In this mini-guide I also explain what to look for when purchasing a probiotic supplement. This is really important as you could be wasting your money on a supplement that doesn’t work.
You can grab that free download by clicking here.
And now on to the video where we chat all things bacteria. Sound good?!
To Recap, Here’s What We Covered:
- Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep your digestive system in tip-top shape, you can get them from supplements and fermented foods.
- Prebiotics are what the probiotics need to eat to survive and multiply.
- I used the analogy of the probiotic being like the video game Pacman* and the prebiotic being the little white dots that he eats.
*In case you’re not familiar, Pacman is a maze-based video game from the 80s, where a face (Pacman) eats some dots and escapes from a ghost. My brother hosts a wildly popular video game show in Australia called Good Game Pocket… I don’t know if he’s proud of me for using that analogy or mortified about the way I summarized the game. #SorryNichboy
Now I’d Love To Hear From You
Are you currently taking a probiotic? How about a prebiotic? Do you have any questions about adding these supplements, or fermented foods in general, into your diet? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
Don’t Forget Your Free Download
A slowing metabolism not only causes weight gain, it can also be the culprit behind irritability, low blood sugar, depression, allergies, joint pain, skin conditions, insomnia, IBS, and inflammation… Basically the kind of symptoms you’d rather avoid.
If you’re done with feeling grumpy and lethargic, (and want a no-willpower way to kick those sugar cravings), this is the guide for you.
By simply adding these 8 tips into your current routine you will boost your metabolism, increase your energy and, hopefully, start to notice a flatter tummy.