Mom always told us, “you are what you eat,” but maybe she should’ve added how and when we eat, matters, too. It’s true, what you eat and how you eat it can affect your digestion, your mood, and most importantly your overall health. That’s a lot to digest, but when you learn how your whole body is connected and how our food is the fuel that runs our engine, you will understand why what we eat matters and how important digestion is.
About Healthy Digestion and Herbalife Ingredients
Herbalife has studied and provided quality nutritional supplements along with information to help our customers live healthier lifestyles. What you put into your body and how it is digested is one of Herbalife’s main focuses. Why? Your digestive system breaks down your food and then makes nutrients and energy available to the body. It is also responsible for getting rid of what it doesn’t use. Plus, it works 24/7 to help your immune system.
So how does it accomplish all that? By living a healthy lifestyle, eating right, and listening to your gut. That’s right, your gut is often referred to as your body’s second brain. Your brain and your digestive system are in constant communication with each other. You’ve probably heard the terms, “a gut feeling,” or gut reaction.” These feelings are not all in your head. Signals from your digestive system go straight to the brain telling it if you are hungry if you are anxious, and a host of other feelings. Keeping your digestive system in the best working shape will make you feel better, look better and give you a feeling of well-being.
There are many things you can do to keep your gut healthy. One important thing is getting enough fiber. There are two types of fiber that work in different ways to help our digestive system. Insoluble and soluble, and both are essential for moving food and nutrients throughout your body. Insoluble fiber, referred to as roughage, absorbs water adding bulk, and helps keep waste moving through and out of your body. Vegetables, whole grains, and bran are types of insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber thickens and swells up when it combines with water making you feel full. Apples, oranges, oats, and beans are examples of soluble fiber. For fiber to work properly, your body needs to be hydrated.
Soluble and insoluble fibers make up the ingredients in Herbalife’s Active Fiber Complex, an excellent dietary supplement for digestion and intestinal health.
The Importance of Hydration
Thirsty? You probably are because the human body is nearly 70 percent water and makes up most of your body weight. That’s why you need to stay hydrated to stay healthy. Your body is constantly working for you and needs plenty of water to get its work done. Water is critical for the proper function of our entire body including our digestive system. Experts recommend drinking eight, eight-ounce glasses of fluid daily — half of that should be water. They also recommend eating foods like fruits and vegetables that also contain water. Your body will tell you if it is dehydrated. First, you will have a dry mouth, then you may experience bad breath, constipation, headaches, and even muscle fatigue. So stay cognizant of your fluid intake and drink up.
The Role of Probiotics and the Microbiome
Herbalife also offers another supplement called Simply Probiotic. Your microbiome is an ecosystem inside you that is made of trillions of different organisms. One important function of your microbiome is to break down fiber and support your immune system, keeping out bacteria and organisms that can make you sick. Probiotics are the good bacteria that come from food and supplements, such as Simply Probiotic, and can help balance your gut’s other bacteria, promoting good health.