Probiotics and Your Digestion

 

The definition of healthy in our food can be as wide and varied as there are brands. How do you know which foods are best for improving digestion?

Probiotics can:

  • boost your immune system,
  • improve digestion which fights heartburn and ulcers
  • balance inflammatory bowel disorders
  • elevate mood and aid against depression
  • increases nutrient uptake by better digesting food
  • improves energy by supporting the adrenal glands
  • ease diarrhea
  • treat eczema and some types of acne
  • hormone regulation
  • helps fight food borne illnesses
  • reduces cholesterol
  • lowers the risk of colon cancer
  • lower the risk of allergies in some people
  • kills cavity creating bacteria and gingivitis
  • lowers blood pressure
  • helps cut UTI’s and yeast infections
  • reduce upper respiratory infections
  • cuts constipation, bloating and gas
  • aids in weight loss and cuts belly fats by regulating blood sugars and helps release the appetite reducing hormone.

Here are simple do’ s to help better absorption and increase your disease fighting immunities.

Add these probiotic foods to your diet:

  • Kefir
  • Yogurt (read the labels, not all yogurt are the same)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Miso
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Raw cheeses
  • Soy and tempeh
  • Sourdough bread
  • Pickles
  • Most vinegar products
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • artichoke

Or you can take over-the-counter probiotics.

The word probiotic means to promote life (for life). Like the wide diversities of life, there are several strains of probiotics: L.acidophilus, B.longum, Bbifidum, L.rhamnosus, L.fermentum. Eating a wide variety of foods will equip the body with several of these health-inducing probiotics. Pay attention to product labels that oversell and under-deliver.

There are four main things to remember when you’re choosing an over-the-counter probiotic:

  1. Get the right bacteria strains
  2. Smart packaging: Probiotics are live bacteria and must be protected from light, heat and moisture. Thick, opaque bottles with desiccant pouches or blister packs keep the product safe and effective.
  3. Visible expiration dates: Health products often aren’t required to list their expiration dates, but a manufacture that understands product stability and potency will clearly mark their expiration dates.
  4. Money-back guarantees: Companies that believe in the quality of their products should have no problem offering a money-back guarantee.

Bottom Line: Making a few key changes can go a long way to improving digestion. Know your digestive needs, and provide them in the best way possible. Good digestion is the gatekeeper to your overall health—don’t lose the keys.

*The author is a health enthusiast, not a doctor. Your health is unique to you, include your physician in all your health choices.

 

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