A Healthy Gut and a Happy Metabolism with Plexus Slim

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What’s better than falling in love with a health product tailor-made just for you? Finding one that loves you back!

That’s why so many people have a strong affection for Plexus Slim®. It’s a delicious, low-calorie supplement, packed with the essentials to encourage a healthy gut and metabolism. And…that’s simply the beginning!*

GOTTA LOVE A HEALTHY GUT*

There’s a reason why a Google search for “How important is having a healthy gut?” yields 978,000 results. The term “healthy gut,” is no mere buzz term. The reason the subject is so popular is the increasing awareness of the importance of balance in the gastrointestinal system. Harmony in the gut can lead to better immune health and overall health.

We conducted a recent highly advanced, in vitro study to further investigate Slim’s ability to mimic the human gastrointestinal system. The discovery—that Slim’s powerful microbiome activating formula produced incredible results!

Slim supports healthy gut function by showing love to your gut microbes.◊*

Many gut microbes (despite the perhaps less-loveable name), work to promote positive gut health.  Bacteria can often receive a “bad wrap,” but good microbiota bacteria inside our gut is vital in processes such as digestion, producing essential vitamins, and regulating the immune system.

Over time, dietary and environmental influences and alterations have caused gut microbiota to become (not surprisingly) unbalanced. To remedy these shifts, our bodies benefit from the love of microbiome activating supplements, like Slim, that help to restore balance to the gut.*

RESTORING BALANCE WITH A LITTLE TLC

There are several aspects of Slim that help support healthy gut balance, including the powerful microbiome activating formula that was shown to increase Lactobacillus by 365 times and Bifidobacterium by 290 times. These microbes that contribute to your overall health work in tandem with Slim’s clinically studied XOSprebiotic.◊*

The results are beneficial indeed, but Slim offers even more TLC when it comes to encouraging positive immune and digestive health.

GETTING TO THE HEART OF YOUR METABOLISM

In addition to providing support for optimal gut health, Slim also contains a microbiome activating formula that can have a positive effect on metabolism. In the in vitro study, it was shown to increase Butyrate by up to 58 percent and Propionate by up to 29 percent. Both are short-chain fatty acids that help to regulate your metabolism.◊*

In addition, chlorogenic acid (from Slim’s green coffee bean extract) can support healthy glucose metabolism.*

A TASTE YOU’LL ADORE

In addition to the numerous health benefits of Slim, the mere 5 calories per serving, combined with no artificial colors or flavors is sure to capture your affection. And, who can argue with the delicious raspberry-lemon-watermelon taste?

Finally! A health product that returns your fondness by showing you love in 30-single serve packets ready to help you on your journey to health and happiness.

♢ The results of an in vitro human gut simulator study suggest that Slim’s formula may have several beneficial effects. Further research, including research conducted in humans, is needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

References

https://www.bcm.edu/departments/molecular-virology-and-microbiology/research/the-human-microbiome-project

https://plexusslim.com/


Enjoying Guilt Free Holiday Meals

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Holidays are all about celebrating good times with family and friends. And, of course—enjoying the delicious, rich, decadent holiday foods—who doesn’t love a good chocolate mousse? With co-workers bringing treats to the office, neighbors dropping off plates of goodies, and sugary treats on display everywhere you shop—there’s no doubt, staying away can be a bit of a toughie. Believe it or not—by following a few simple tips, you can revel in all your favorite foods—without worrying about your waistline!

Going shopping? Eat before you go! You’ll less likely get hungry during your store-to-store shopping. Even if you’re planning on it being a quick trip—make sure to bring along a healthy snack like an energy bar, dried fruit or nuts to hold you over.

Don’t skip breakfast. There’s a reason why it’s the most important meal of the day! Try having a protein-packed gluten-free bowl or your overnight oats! In a hurry? Blend up your favorite Plexus 96® shake before scurrying out the door.

Downsize your plate. The average holiday dinner packs a whopping 3,000 calories.1 Whether you’re at home or at a fete, opt for the smallest plate. A small plate tricks your brain and makes your portion size seem larger. So, aim small—you can always go back for seconds.

Eat the healthiest foods first. Instead of heading straight for the Jell-O casserole or the oh-so buttery garlic bread—grab a bowl of soup, or load your plate with a serving or two of vegetables and salad! Vegetables are high in fiber, low in calories, and help you feel full—making it a win/win for weight maintenance.

Keep tabs on your alcohol consumption. The average alcoholic beverage contains 125 calories and up, depending on the mixer. Try skipping the high-sugar juice mixers all together and consider alternating your alcoholic beverage with sparkling or seltzer water instead.

Share the wealth. When friends pop in with plates full of sugar cookies, keep as many as your family can eat in one day and re-gift the rest to neighbors or colleagues.

Healthy Holiday Fare. at Home Generations of family holiday recipes are the best. It’s easy to keep family food traditions alive by serving healthier versions of your beloved standbys. Here are some ways to help your family stay healthy while still enjoying your favorite festive foods.

Go a little nutty. Nuts are known to be the healthiest kind of calories, especially for children. They’re packed with fiber, and healthy fats to help keep your appetite in check. Keep a bowl of pistachios, chestnuts and walnuts out to snack on—they’re perfect when watching your favorite holiday movie.

Embrace the fruit and veggie platter. Keep snack cravings to a minimum by keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on hand. Serve carrot, and celery sticks with hummus instead of calorie-rich dips.

Start with soup. Try creamy pumpkin soup made with cashew milk, coconut cream, vegetable broth, and unsweetened pumpkin puree spiced with nutmeg, and cloves. Don’t forget to ditch the heavy cream!

Go for greens. A roasted chickpea and kale salad packs a punch. Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber and kale is nutrient-dense. Toss chickpeas roasted with olive oil, paprika and cayenne with kale and top with a tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil dressing. And, wah-lah a beautiful, colorful plate awaits.

Let sweet potatoes shine. Roast the sweet potatoes—drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup, and coconut cream. Top with corn flakes instead of onions for a gluten-free treat high in fiber and vitamin A.

Dress up the dressing. You can eliminate a lot of calories by simply cutting down on the amount of bread in your stuffing. Add veggies like garlic, onions, celery or leeks, and fruit such as apples or cranberries. Punch it up with pecans or hazelnuts. For gluten-free dressing, substitute gluten-free corn bread instead of bread croutons.

Heart-healthy sides. Roast a variety of vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, onions, diced pumpkin, beets and carrots—then toss with balsamic vinegar, toasted walnuts, and kalamata olives.

Green bean casserole makeover. And when we say makeover, we mean makeover. For a super yummy, gluten-free low-calorie dish—cook the green beans with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, and onions in vegetable broth and white wine. Then, add coconut cream, thicken with chickpea flour, top with corn flakes for a bit of a crunch then bake!

Swap the mashed potatoes. Instead, try steaming cauliflower florets and mash with vegetable broth, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and olive oil. Top with fresh sage, thyme and chives.

Lo-cal nog. Did you know, Eggnog has about 11 grams of saturated fat and about 343 calories per cup? For a healthier version, blend 2 cups of soymilk with 3 ripe bananas, ¼ teaspoon rum extract, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, then top with a sprinkle of nutmeg. And wah-lah! Your scrumptious holiday beverage awaits! For a real kick, add a splash of dark rum. Keep in mind—when celebrating the holidays, and enjoying the festivities—don’t forget to keep up with your exercise regimen! By keeping your activity level up and incorporating healthy foods into your holiday menu—you’ll be able to indulge in your favorite foods without fear of wreaking havoc on your health.


How Your Microbiome (Gut Health) Affects Your Mood

 

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Happy. Sad. Confused. Calm. Accepted. Accomplished. Excited. Irritated. Mad. Moody. refreshed. Thankful. What’s your current mood?

Moods can fluctuate multiple times during the course of the day—sometimes even just the span of a few hours!

But what exactly is a “mood?” Is it a fleeting emotion or is it a defining element of our own unique personality?

In psychology, mood refers to a broad emotional state (as opposed to a single emotion).

Because the brain houses the limbic system (which plays a key role in our reactions to emotions), it’s common to think that the brain is the sole factor in determining our mood. 

But, new research says otherwise.

As scientists begin to unearth the hidden world of the microbiome, it’s becoming increasing clear that our moods are also linked to our gut health.

Once we learn and understand this, we can use our stomach and its microbiome to help improve our mood.

First things first: what is the microbiome?

The human gut contains anywhere from 10-100 trillion microorganisms.

The term “microbiome” refers to the genes of all of these microorganisms. The microbiome is a living entity; these tiny organisms live in communities and adapt to their ever-changing surroundings.

While some microbes dwell in various parts of our bodies (such as on the skin), the vast majority—95 percent of them in fact—dwell in the gut. As scientists continue to study the human microbiome, they’re focusing specifically on the link between the brain and the gut.

How does the microbiome affect mood?

Microbes secrete neurotransmitters like GABA, dopamine, and serotonin.

How does this boost your mood?

Serotonin, which is a natural mood-booster, is produced in the gut. In fact, the majority (90 percent) of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut. Without a healthy microbiome to secrete serotonin, it makes sense that your mood may dip when the microbiome is compromised.

Ways to boost your gut health

Seeing as your mood and physical health are affected by the gut, it’s a smart decision to strengthen the gut as much as possible.

  • Ask your doctor if antibiotics are really necessary. While antibiotics are proven life-savers, they do also diminish the quantity of microbes in the gut. Remember antibiotics will do nothing to ease the symptoms of a virus, so be prudent when opting to take a course of antibiotics.
  • Eat foods with live cultures such as yogurt and kefir. Look for labels that specifically list strains of bacteria as ingredients.
  • Take probiotics daily. Probiotics replenish the body’s store of good bacteria; it’s especially important to stay consistent with probiotic intake after a round of antibiotics. Probiotics also promote a healthy immune system and digestive health.

More good microbes mean a healthier gut, which means a happier you.

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203022/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426293/

https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/microbiome/

https://hmpdacc.org/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792171/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3709439/