The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy.

Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs. When you consider that your digestive system houses over 100 trillion bacteria weighing in at around four pounds, it is vital that the good outweigh the bad.

 Support Your Microbiome with FloraFood and fit ’n fiber

FloraFood provides a supplemental population of probiotics (good bacteria) for your gut microbiome. Each capsule of FloraFood probiotics contains 3 billion colony forming units to help outnumber the bad. And fit ’n fiber delivers prebiotics (food) for those probiotics to thrive and reproduce in your gut, the core of your disease-fighting immune system.

Know Who Your FloraFood Friends Are: Lacto, Bifido & Bifido

So what are the three types of good bacteria found in FloraFood that supplement those in your gut microbiome?

One of the main species of good bacteria that populates your gastrointestinal tract is also in FloraFood: Lactobacillus gasseri. This species creates a variety of organic compounds that inhibit unfriendly bacteria. One of these compounds is lactic acid, which creates an unsuitable intestinal environment for the bad to breed.

Along with the resilience to survive a journey through stomach acid on the way to the intestines, L. gasseri is the stickiest of all lactobacilli when it comes to adhering to intestinal walls, allowing it to effectively colonize and protect you against disease-causing pathogens.

The other two FloraFood friends are some of the very first microbes to colonize the human gastrointestinal tract and belong to the Bifidobacterium species: B. bifidum and B. longum.

These probiotics have been shown to:

  • provide nutrients by breaking down non-digestible, dietary carbohydrates
  • protect against pathogens by competitive exclusion (beating out the bad guys)
  • modulate the immune system
  • confer positive health benefits

Taking Care of Your FloraFood Friends with fit ’n fiber

Research has shown that good bacteria feast on undigested dietary carbohydrates defined as prebiotics, which help them to flourish in gut microbiome.

Fit for probiotic feasting, fit ’n fiber contains three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers 8 grams of prebiotics to feed probiotics, helping good bacteria grow and reproduce exponentially.

To help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, supplement with FloraFood probiotics and keep them well fed with fit ’n fiber prebiotics.

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CoCoa LeafGreens and FloraFood: A Winning Combination

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Cocoa and probiotics seem like an unlikely pair, but if you think about it, there was probably a time when peanut butter didn’t know jelly’s sweet embrace or when bacon was eggless. But a new study from the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that the gut microbiome interacts with cocoa flavanols and their confluence may help stave off metabolic syndrome.

Here is how it supposedly works.  According to the study, when somebody eats cocoa, it gets concentrated in the intestines. Cocoa, as you probably know, is chock-full of flavanols and antioxidants. Those flavanols interacted with the gut flora and improved gut barrier function, reducing the amount of toxins absorbed, specifically circulating endotoxins and insulin signalers. And that sort of thing doesn’t do pesky, old metabolic syndrome any favors.

Source: Nutraingredients

Seventy percent of your immune system is in your stomach. That’s why maintaining that gut flora is so important. Try AIM’s FloraFood, a high-quality blend of powerful friendly bacteria to keep it running smoothly.

For Cocoa, we offer CoCoa LeafGreens. Get all the antioxidant power of cocoa alongside a heaping serving of  greens like spinach and broccoli in every scoop of CoCoa LeafGreens. It’s nutritious and delicious.

3 Things You May Not Know About Your Gut

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Your intestines and stomach, these often overlooked, workaday organs that thanklessly digest your food, may house unique forms of life, never before discovered by science. While not yet proven, researchers in Paris believe that hidden among our mostly uncatalogued gut flora are microbes with highly unusual DNA that may actually be a whole new category of life form. That’s like discovering a brand-new mammal in your backyard.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that scientists around the world keep making discoveries about the microscopic dramas unfolding in our bellies and how important a healthy gut biome is to whole-body health.  Here are three recent discoveries.

Gut Flora Plays a Huge Role in Antioxidant Activities

Your gut flora regulates glutathione, an antioxidant found in every cell of the body. Glutathione also governs nitric oxide, plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair and is critical for metabolizing iron. Some believe it is the most powerful antioxidant in the body, definitely important for warding off oxidative stress.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology

Your Gut Microbiome Can Make Weight Loss Easier or Harder

Another study out of Sweden found that gut-flora balance may contribute to the regulation of blood sugar.  And that this might be the key to why some weight loss treatments are effective for some people but not others. In the future, weight loss programs may be tailored to individuals based on their gut biome.

Source: University of Gothenburg

A Link to Type 2 Diabetes 

Scientists in Russia have found that certain bacteria in the gut may be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.  Three types of microbiota were named as possible signs of diabetes: Blautia, Serratia and Akkermansia. Although healthy people’s guts contain these bacteria, folks who suffer from either diabetes or pre-diabetes have a significantly larger quantity of them.

Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

FloraFood, The Building Blocks of a Healthier Gut 

Let AIM’s FloraFood provide you with the building blocks of a healthier gut. It contains a special blend of three powerful friendly bacteria – L. gasseri, B. bifidum and B. longum. These bacteria promote the production of B vitamins, break down and rebuild hormones, protect the body from environmental toxins and help to maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. AIM’s special formula requires no refrigeration.

Diet Low in Soluble Fiber Linked to Weight Gain

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Calories from high-fiber foods have been called “smart calories” because high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains tend to be healthier and because fiber fills you up and keeps you feeling full.  Likely due to those reasons, a recent study has shown that a high-fiber diet is almost as effective as a calorie-restrictive one in terms of weight loss.

However, a new study on mice published in the American Journal of PhysiologyGastrointestinal and Liver Physiology shows that fiber may affect body weight in an entirely new and different way.  Mice fed a diet low in soluble fiber gained weight and had more body fat when compared to mice fed a diet that included soluble fiber.

Researchers believe that the mice gained that weight because soluble fiber is essential for a healthy gut microbiota. The lack of soluble fiber contributed to inflammation in the intestines and poor gut health, and these factors were thought to be the underlying factors that contributed to the weight gain.

After just two days without soluble fiber, the soluble-fiber-deficient mice’s intestines became shorter and their intestinal walls became thinner! Without soluble fiber, it seems that the gut flora were unable to produce a sufficient quantity of short-chain fatty acids that the intestinal cells need to make energy. These short-chain fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties. When the mice were once again given soluble fiber, their guts returned to normal and the inflammation disappeared.

From Medical Xpress:

“If our observations were to prove applicable to humans, it would suggest that encouraging consumption of foods with high soluble fiber content may be a means to combat the epidemic of metabolic disease.”

AIM offers fit ‘n fiber and Herbal Fiberblend for all your soluble and insoluble fiber needs.

An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics

Basics of Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and are often used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of  other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins, pathogen protection, aiding our immune systems and disarming toxic compounds.  A thriving and healthy gut microbiome can be thrown off kilter by relatively common things: stress, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, artificial sweeteners, antacids, antibiotics, toxins and individual digestion problems. Although probiotic research is still in its infancy, there have been a number of scientific studies that have indicated beneficial results from the regular usage of probiotics.

According to that research, probiotics may relieve some symptoms or show benefits for the following:

  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Digestion problems following or caused by antibiotic use
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infections
  • Immune system health
  • Protection against yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Prevention of atopic eczema
  • Prevention of respiratory infections in children
  • Preventing tooth decay

In the future, scientists plan to study probiotics for these possible uses:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ethanol-induced liver disease
  • Diabetes treatment
  • Cancer prevention

Sources: American Gastroenterological Association, “Clinical Indications of Probiotics, an Overview,” Clinical Infectious Diseases 

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If You Do These Five Things, You’re Gonna Need Some FloraFood

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There are more microorganisms in your stomach than there are cells in your body. This fact might be mind-blowing to some people, but since I’ve always had a severe inferiority complex, I have somehow always just figured that my body is more valuable as real estate for bacteria than I am as a human person. That’s a joke. I actually feel reasonably ferior.

In any case, those bacteria are extremely important to everyone’s human person, and killing off scores of beneficial bacteria can cause stomach pain, can make digestion difficult and can even lead to illness. FloraFood from The AIM Companies is the answer to keeping the environment of your stomach balanced and healthy.

You should be especially wary of your gut-flora levels if you have engaged in these five at-risk behaviors.

1. Ingest Artificial Sweeteners

According to a recent study, artificial sweeteners increase the blood sugar levels of both mice and men and disrupt gut flora. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity and diabetes as well. My advice: Avoid artificial sweeteners.

From the CBC:

The increase in consumption of artificial sweeteners coincides with the obesity and diabetes epidemics, Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and his co-authors said.

“Our findings suggest that non-caloric artificial sweeteners may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.”

2. Use Antacids

Your stomach is supposed to be acidic and gut flora is supposed to live in an acidic environment. When you destroy your gut flora’s environment, it dies.

3. Eat GMOS

Most of the corn and soybeans in the US has been treated with glyphosate. That means, animals that have been fed corn or soybeans have been “treated to” glyphosate. Glyphosate can disrupt your gut flora, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

4. Suffer from Stress

I once heard that “stress will kill you faster than anything.” Stress can damage the necessary endothelium that lines your veins, and it can also kill your gut bacteria. It is bad news…and hearing bad news is also stressful.

5. Have Taken Antibiotics

We all have to go to the doctor from time to time, but after we’ve taken our antibiotics, we need to make sure to get our gut flora balanced again. So if you’ve been sick, it’s probably a good idea to reach for the FloraFood.