It is no secret that daily exercise is important for good health and not only helps prevent disease but also helps you thrive in your everyday life. Exercise provides physical and mental benefits but what happens when you don’t necessarily feel like working out? Or if you feel like you don’t have enough energy to perform the way you want to? Good sleep, a positive mindset, and accountability can go a long way but believe it or not, probiotics can help you get into a better mood for the gym and enhance your athletic performance.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can support digestive, immune, and mental functions. This is because a lot of our healthy bacteria lie in your gastrointestinal tract which also accounts for 70-90% of your immune system and 70-90% of your serotonin production, which is your happiness hormone!
Now let’s discuss some common barriers that may prevent you from going to the gym or reaching your athletic potential and what probiotics can help do with it.
You don’t feel good about yourself.
How you perceive yourself is directly correlated to how you think you look and feel and is not always an accurate depiction of reality. Have you ever noticed that on days when you feel tired, lethargic, or low-energy it affects your mood and self-talk? Because probiotics help add more good bacteria to your gut flora where 70-90% of your serotonin (happiness hormone) is produced, it supports your ability to better make use of that which in turn makes you feel happier and in a better mood to exercise too.
You don’t have the energy
Life is busy and your energy fluctuates. However, it’s important to note that when your gut health needs support, it can make you feel run down because of how much energy digestion takes up. In contrast, if you boost your gut health to make digestion easier, this helps us use that energy for other things in life, like exercise.
Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have more endurance and stamina than others? Remember that strength is built over time and do not compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 10.
Generally, the healthier you are, the better your body will perform. The better your gut health, the better your body can absorb nutrients and use them to power you. That is why nutrition is so important for athletes and also important for you to support your body’s ability to absorb them properly through optimal gut health.
Another important thing is ensuring you are staying safe and protecting yourself from injury. Some people are more prone to injury than others because their immune system is weakened and therefore, their whole body is more susceptible to harm. Probiotics can be a great support system to a healthy immune system since most of it resides in your GI tract and with something like R’s KOSO which provides the body with ready-to-use probiotics, it is also an easy pre-workout to take for that extra energy boost.
Focus & Mindset
It’s important to stay focused at the gym. A clear mind comes from a healthy gut, And with a clearer mind comes more grit and determination to reach new heights in the gym or workout activity. The gut is oftentimes referred to as “the second brain” because of the strong connection between the gut and the brain. Strong gut health can help elevate mental toughness so you’re keener to take on physical challenges and get stronger.
R's KOSO as a pre-workout drink
While there are many food sources of probiotics, let’s be real. Most people don’t eat sauerkraut or tempeh (some food sources of probiotics) before a workout to get their probiotic fix for athletic performance. Including food sources of probiotics throughout the day helps maintain a healthy gut along with R’s KOSO, which can double as a pre-workout drink.
R’s KOSO can provide you with that extra kick in energy and also prolonged and elevated performance thanks to the fermentation of 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, seaweed, and mushrooms giving your gut a plethora of healthy bacteria to work with.
Lana Maile - Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach
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