Did you know humans are the only creatures who don’t produce their own Vitamin C and it can only be acquired from the foods we eat or drink? That makes it so important for us to make sure we are getting enough foods that are rich in Vitamin C. Our immune cells are dependent on us having enough to help them fight infections and keep the immune system strong. It is also needed to help make collagen, absorb iron, for healthy skin, hair, nails and gut. It’s an antioxidant that helps keep things clean in the body. Some good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates and berries found in SO PERF cold pressed juices and Wild Berries bars.
PLANT BASED PROTEIN
Protein is essential because it is the building blocks of our body. When we eat protein, it gets broken down into amino acids. These amino acids are then used to create our immune system, hormones, enzymes, pretty much everything in our body! If we don’t get enough protein, we can’t optimise our body and its functions. It is important to eat protein with each meal as it also helps stabilise our blood sugar levels, preventing spikes, and it also keeps us fuller for longer. A general rule of thumb is to try and get 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. SO PERF cold pressed bars contain a minimum of 5 grams of plant protein.
Fibre is an essential nutrient that most people are not getting enough of each day. Fibre is one of the main reasons why whole plant foods are good for you. A low fibre intake can lead to constipation and other health related issues. Growing evidence shows that an adequate fibre intake may benefit your digestion and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Many of these benefits are mediated by your gut microbiota — the millions of bacteria that live in your digestive system. It is vital that there’s a balance between good bacteria, known as probiotics, and bad bacteria. These gut bacteria, also known as gut flora, are crucial for various aspects of your health, including good overall health and functioning of the body, a strong immune system, functioning of the brain, general wellbeing, and efficient metabolism to stimulate the burning of fat.
Did you know consuming foods high in fibre can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite and increasing the feeling of fullness, leading to a reduced calorie intake?
Fibre Feeds the “Good” Gut Bacteria
Just like any other organism, good bacteria need to eat in order to get the energy necessary for survival and functioning. The fibre feeds the “good” bacteria already living in your gut, so it is a prebiotic. Probiotics on the other hand are adding more good bacteria to the gut. Prebiotics would be the water, sun and gardening that allows the existing garden to grow and probiotics would be adding in new flowers and planting seeds in the garden. These both work together to create the right environment and keep the gut in balance.
SO PERF bars contain both prebiotics (to feed the good bacteria in the gut and allow them to grow) and probiotics (to add to the number of bacteria in the gut). The probiotics used in SO PERF are spore-based, which means that they plant seeds in the gut and allow new good bacteria to grow. The more bacteria we can feed the better we can support our gut and immune health.