Did you know that every person has billions of bacteria living in their gut at any given time? Despite what most people think, a majority of this bacteria is known as “good” bacteria and will play a vital role in digestion, nutrient absorption, and metabolism.
In fact, even the “bad” bacteria is essential to normal body function and many researchers suggest having an 85:15 ratio of good:bad bacteria. Maintaining this balance will keep your body in a state of eubiosis, which is essential for normal body function.
Unfortunately, many people will go through life with an unhealthy balance of good and bad bacteria, leading to a wide range of health issues. Don’t worry, we’ll break down everything you need to know about gut health and how Carefast is dedicated to providing support with Perfect 10.
Why is a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract essential?
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. It’s where a majority of the bacteria in your body will live. It will serve two main functions in the body -- breaking food down into sources of nutrition and providing a healthy environment for bacteria to work their magic.
An unhealthy gut can present itself in a variety of ways. Some of the leading signs and symptoms are indigestion, bloating, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, changes in eating behavior, and much more.
If you’re struggling with any of the above, it could mean the bacteria in your gut is out of balance. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can fix this issue and Perfect 10 supplies your body with them all!
Eicosanoids, Probiotics, & Digestive Enzymes
Your gut is constantly working through a wide range of functions throughout the day. While your body will do a mysteriously fine job of maintaining these functions, it might need some help from time to time.
When it comes to Perfect 10, there will be three major factors contributing to a healthy gut -- eicosanoids, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. Those might just sound like three complex words, but we’ll break each of them down into more detail below!
What are eicosanoids?
Eicosanoids are molecules created by polyunsaturated fatty acids that are 20 carbon units long. They are generally categorized into three different groups -- Prostaglandins, Thromboxanes, and Leukotrienes.
These three eicosanoids will work together by improving inflammatory response and gastric integrity, controlling blood pressure, promoting cell growth, and enhancing your immune system.
Contrary to popular belief, they operate differently than a hormone because eicosanoids are produced by all tissues in the body -- not just specific glands like most hormones.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics, on the other hand, are live microorganisms that live in the gut. These are known as “healthy” bacteria and are essential to both a healthy immune system and digestive tract.
There are two main types of probiotics that are commonly used in supplements -- Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. You’ll mostly find Lactobacillus in yogurt and will help with the digestion of lactose. Bifidobacterium is typically used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
You’ll find both of them in Perfect 10!
What are digestive enzymes?
Enzymes, unlike most probiotics, will largely be responsible for the breakdown of foods -- hence the name. They are designed to survive the harsh conditions of your stomach acid to help aid in digestions.
You will generally see these listed in three different classes:
- Lipase - break fats down into short-chain fatty acids
- Protease - break protein down into amino acids
- Carbohydrase - break down carbs into sugars
The digestive enzymes will begin their work in the stomach, which will actually start the digestion process much sooner than normal. From the stomach, it will move with the food through the intestines and continue working its magic.
What role does inflammation play in obesity and diabetes?
Inflammation is a necessary function in the body responsible for warding off harmful bacteria, viruses, infections, injuries, and other toxins we encounter daily. Too much of it can harm your body directly, while too little of it can welcome harm into the body.
As we learn more about obesity and type-2 diabetes, we are starting to see an overwhelming connection between inflammation and these two diseases. When someone gains weight or increases their calorie intake, your body will respond by producing body fat -- such as white adipose tissue.
This white adipose tissue is responsible for a wide range of functions in the body including the regulation of hormones, metabolism of glucose, energy production, inflammation, appetite, insulin function, and the immune system.
The fat cells in obese people will start to increase in size, which could result in a weaker blood supply. With a weaker blood supply, fat cells won’t get the oxygen they need and they’ll eventually die. The cell death will spark an immune response, leading to even more inflammation in the body.
Recent research suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet could help reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Why Choose Perfect 10?
If you’re looking for a supplement that delivers a healthy serving of calories, fat, protein, and fiber without upsetting the stomach or screwing with your digestive system, we’ve got the Perfect 10 for you!
Perfect 10 consistently delivers 10 grams of plant and animal protein, 10 grams of dietary fiber, and 10 grams of fat per serving, as well as just 150 calories.
The eicosanoid formula will contain both a probiotic and an enzyme blend. The probiotic blend contains Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus bacteria. You’ll also find the following enzymes: protease, lipase, amylase, glucanase, cellulase, and much more.
If that’s not enough, we pack Perfect 10 with a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, C, D, E, B-complex, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum.
Now that you’re convinced, you should try adding our delicious Perfect 10 to your daily routine! It comes in a Vanilla flavor and can easily be added to any 8 oz. beverage. Contact us today if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to assist you!