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What are Probiotics?

What are Probiotics?

Typically referred to as “good bacteria,” these microorganisms live in the large intestines and support the human immune systems and enhance health by warding off toxins and bad bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract.

Probiotics can help in increasing the beneficial intestinal flora that might have decreased due to hormonal and nutritional imbalances.

When this good bacteria drops, it can cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Probiotics are found in many natural foods, mainly dairy products, but can also be taken in supplement form.

Some of the best examples include:

  • Traditional sauerkraut
  • Korean kimchi
  • Kefir (Soy, coconut versions available)
  • Kombucha
  • Yogurt
  • Cultured buttermilk
  • Fermented cottage cheese
  • Natto (fermented soy beans)

How Can They Help This Syndrome?

In a 2015 clinical study that was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, probiotics were compared to a placebo in tests that measured the levels of relief from IBS symptoms.

Probiotics, especially blends that use multiple species of the microorganisms, were found to be effective in reducing abdominal discomfort over a course of 4 to 6 weeks (Didari et al., 2015).

Moreover, within a 4 week time period, probiotics also improved flatulence and bloating.

Female patients with C-IBS (constipation) saw the greatest improvement; and within 8 to 10 weeks, children with extreme gassiness saw relief from their symptoms (Didari et al., 2015).

In terms of quality of life, probiotic supplementation greatly increased levels of comfort and happiness. Though the effects took some time to develop, within 6 weeks, IBS symptoms and flair-ups were suppressed.

 

Best Probiotics for IBS | Constipation, Bloating, Diarrhea, Gas

What can vitamins do for your body?

What you put in your body affects how you feel. You need to a close look at consuming the right foods if you want to lose weight and keep it off. But you should also make sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs. This infographic by Health Perch covers the vitamins your body needs and foods that have them:

 

Whether you were raised on Flintstones vitamins or started taking a daily multivitamin as an adult, you care about getting the right nutrients. After all, taking in the right balance of vitamins and minerals doesn’t just make your doctor happier, it can also improve your energy levels, immune system, and mood. Though taking a vitamin supplement in the morning can help you make up any nutrients you missed in your diet, getting your vitamins through food is a better bet. Not only is your body better at absorbing vitamins that come directly from food, you also get to eat tasty meals. It’s a win all around.

Generally speaking, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will give you many of the vitamins your body needs to thrive. Looking for more specificity? Here’s a handy infographic you can use to figure out what nutrients you can get from different menu items. With this on your side, you can craft meals full of all of the good stuff that makes your body work at its best. Here’s how to eat your vitamins:

 

 

https://blog.pamperedchef.com/food-drink/eating-your-vitamins/?pws=jmenting

 

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s protective measure against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. When inflammation occurs, white blood cells secrete chemicals into blood or infected cells to protect our body. This healthy immune response plays a crucial role in healing process and enables our bodies to heal injuries and fight infections.

 

The main culprits of chronic inflammation are:

  • Stress 4
  • Obesity 5
  • Sedentary lifestyle 6 7
  • Excessive use of alcohol 8
  • Excessive use of inflammatory foods such as sugar, refined carbs, trans fats, etc. 9 10 11

So, to fight inflammation you need to undergo some lifestyle changes such as exercising on a frequent basis, avoiding to use foods which cause inflammation, and adding foods which fight inflammation to your diet. So it’s important to have an effective diet plan and a proper exercise program in place to fight inflammation.

 

Below is a complete list of inflammatory vs anti-inflammatory foods in the form of an infographic. Use this infographic as a reference to figure out what foods you need to use and what foods you have to avoid in order to fight inflammation.

 

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12 Day Refresh/Detox

 

 

Welcome to the 12 Day Detox!

Do you want to eat healthy, move and be empowered? Join 1000’s of people who’ve lost weight, improved their skin, lowered their blood sugar and reduced symptoms of disease.

You get:

  • An Easy Preparation Packet
  • Daily Modules
  • Daily Workbooks
  • Daily Meditation Videos
  • A supportive community to cheer you on
  • Confidence and clarity about healthy eating and lifestyle
 
You’ll get daily communication, modules, videos and workbooks.

Starting a new health regimen and changing your lifestyle can sometimes make you feel lost and alone.  Believe me, I understand.  That’s why we’ve built community and health coach support into this package.

Which is why with the 12 Day Detox Program you will also get:
  • Access to a group of people just like you.
  • Shopping lists and tips, menus, and recipes.
  • Opportunities to grow and expand on what you achieve.

Excited to feel happy and healthy? Start here, with the 12 Day Detox.

Are you ready to live better and make a committed change that will impact the rest of your life? Let our detoxification provide you with a sense of inner cleansing you never thought was possible. We are with you every step of the way on your new journey.

Gut Health

 

Does this sound like you?

  • After a year of invasive, expensive GI testing and no diagnosis, I’d almost given up.

You’re not alone….. We are here to help you finally start living life….

  • With these changes, I noticed a difference in 24 hours! I went from being home-bound 1/2 the day to freedom of movement and a whole new health and energy.
  • Digestive Disorders – IBS, Gas Bloat, reflux, Leaky Gut

Hormone Health

 

  • Are you Sick of Being Sick and Tired?
  • Adrenal Fatigue, Low Energy & Mood, Stress & Overwhelmed through adrenal health protocol
  • Hormone Imbalance – Menopause (hot flushes, moods, fatigue, and other menstrual difficulties)
  • Digestive Disorders – IBS, Gas Bloat, reflux, Leaky Gut while using the Gut Health protocol
  • Skin issues – Acne, eczema, rash, dermatitis,
  • Our techniques- add in hormone balancing foods, micronutrients for optimal health, blood sugar testing and stabilization through foods/combinations, reducing stress, Thyroid protocol, PH testing, and Liver Cleanse.

Update: We are excited to announce that we are now offering the FIT 22 Test. The list of foods and additives selected for the 22 panel are foods that most frequently yield reactions on the FIT Test. The foods tested are: gluten, whole wheat, egg white, egg yolk, cow’s milk, casein, candida, brewer’s yeast, banana, beef, broccoli, coffee, corn, chicken, peanut, tomato, white potato, almonds, pineapple, salmon, shrimp, and turmeric.

 

 

The Ultimate List of Top Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Simple ways to get started with a yoga routine & why it’s important

As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga may lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, according to Harvard Health Publications.

Improved Brain Function.
Just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga — an ancient form of the practice that emphasizes physical postures rather than flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.

Lower Stress Levels.
Yoga’s stress-busting powers may come from its ability to lessen the activity of proteins that are known to play a role in inflammation, according to a study published last year from University of California, Los Angeles researchers.

Increased Flexibility.
A recent Colorado State University study found that Bikram yoga — a form of yoga in which a series of 26 postures are performed for 90 minutes in a heated room — is linked with increased shoulder, lower back and hamstring flexibility, as well as greater deadlift strength and decreased body fat, compared with a control group.

 

 

After A Few Months.

Lower Blood Pressure.
People with mild to moderate hypertension might benefit from a yoga practice, as a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that it could help to lower their blood pressure levels. Researchers found that people who practiced yoga had greater drops in blood pressure compared with those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/body-on-yoga_n_4109595.html

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Next time you visit the grocery store in search of healthy foods to nourish your body, don’t forget to grab some dark chocolate. No, this isn’t a joke!

Raw chocolate has many amazing nutrients that most of us had no idea that our sweet tooth led to creating an abundance of the following healthy attributes:

  1. It can promote cardiovascular health by lowering LDL cholesterol and lowering plaque buildup on the walls of the arteries along with lower risk of heart disease. This is reflected by the benefits of dark chocolate being so heart-healthy and inflammation fighting perks.
  2. It may fight diabetes. According to a 2005 Italian study, they found regularly eating chocolate increases insulin sensitivity and therefore; reducing the risk for diabetes.
  3. It can reduce blood pressure and enhance circulation by aiding in the strength of dilation and health of blood vessels.
  4. It supports digestion while the cacao moves the production of digestive enzymes in the body.
  5. It can balance the free radicals from sun exposure, or pollution by protecting the body through the high level of antioxidants in cacao.
  6. It enhances mental and physical well-being by improving mood, lowering stress and reducing depression.
  7. It reduces stroke risk.

So, how does chocolate boost our brain?

  1. It can make you smarter- According to a British study, the cocoa’s flavanols increase the brain’s blood flow, which seems to make people feel alert and more awake and therefore; perform more efficient on counting tasks and improve thinking skills. “From laboratory studies, we know that flavanols smooth the way for brain cell connections and survival, and protect brain cells from toxins or the negative effects of inflammation,” says Dr. Miguel Alonso-Alonso, a neuroscientist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  2. It improves vision due to the improvement in the blood flow caused by the benefit of chocolate, may increase blood flow to the retina and therefore; improving vision.
  3. It can quiet a cough, due to the theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate that seems to lower activity of the vagus nerve, the part of the brain that provokes hard to shake off coughing.
  4. It can prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage, due to the flavanols in chocolate.

 

Of course, keep in mind chocolate is high in calories, so according to news out of England, the middle aged to older adults can eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate per day to aid in lowering heart disease rates than those who turn down chocolate. Really, who turns down chocolate?  The 3.5 ounces are actually more than 2 standard Hershey bars…..  According to the European Food Safety Authority, it is suggested that 200 mg of cocoa flavonoids per day is a good target for the general population. The higher the cocoa content of the bar, the more health benefits it will provide, usually bars with 70% cocoa or more.

In summary, knowing the many health benefits that chocolate offers to aid in our goal of being healthier, it’s a win-win. But as I always say, all in moderation. As always, consult your health professional before starting any diet to ensure you are on the right track.

I hope this article finds you in good health.