By: Katie Skinner
Did you know that not all bacteria is bad? That we actually NEED bacteria in our body to keep it healthy and functioning? We still need to fully cook raw meat, scrub our produce and wash our hands to avoid bad bacteria like salmonella and E.coli, but some bacteria, like the kind found in fermented foods, is good for our bodies! Fermented foods include sauerkraut, tempeh, miso and kefir. Fermented foods are full of “gut-friendly” bacteria called probiotics.
In The Prescription for Nutritional Healing probiotics are described as beneficial bacteria normally present in the digestive tract that are vital for proper digestion. Probiotics have anti-fungal properties and enhance the absorption of nutrients. Probiotics aid in the synthesis of B vitamins, help create a healthy intestinal flora and promote the proper digestion of foods. Proper digestion of foods aids in preventing digestive disorders like constipation and food allergies. Kimberly Snyder, Certified Nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, recommends taking a good probiotic supplement every day. Snyder says that probiotics help preserve a healthy digestive environment and play a critical role in our immune system, 80 percent of which resides in our gut. In addition to the previous listed benefits of probiotics, Snyder says that probiotics also improve liver function, improve resistance to allergies, increase energy and help eliminate bloating and heartburn.
The amount of friendly bacteria in our digestive systems can be decreased by antibiotic use, stress, diet, travel and exposure to illness. Supplementing with a high quality probiotic and including probiotic-rich foods in the diet can help increase the good bacteria in our digestive system and decrease the bad bacteria. Renew Life is an award-winning digestive care company that specializes in digestive health products. Renew Life offers high-quality probiotic supplements that all contain a high culture count (the number of “active” or “live” probiotics in a formula), contain multiple strains of probiotic bacteria and have an effective delivery system. Renew Life also offers probiotic formulas that are shelf-stable, one-a-day and sustained release for maximum absorption.
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The Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.
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